Michael Cole knows a thing or two about how to match a steak to the perfect wine. As Meat Market’s wine connoisseur, it’s his job to know which wines complement food best. We sat down with Michael to discuss his favourite drops, here are his top 10:
1. Alamos Malbec – something different to try, really good with charcuterie.
3. Coriole Chenin Blanc – Chenin Blanc is another variety making a comeback in Australia. It has a clean and elegant taste and is great with seafood or chicken.
4. Heathcote Mail Coach Shiraz – Heathcote is a well-known primary producing region in Victoria producing some amazing bold Shiraz. The Heathcote Mail Coach Shiraz is one of my favourite examples of a good Victorian Shiraz.
5. St Hallet Blackwell Shiraz – If you are looking for a typical Barossa Shiraz you can’t go past St Hallet. Stuart Blackwell is well-known for his wines and the Blackwell is a beautiful drop.
6. Henschke Nebiolo – a lovely elegant full bodied wine perfect with a big steak.
7. Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages – a lovely aromatic French burgundy, it has a bit more texture than an Australian style Pinot Noir.
8. Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Another wine I can’t go past. Coonawarra is a fantastic region for cabernet and Bowen Estate have done everything right with this one.
9. Chaffey Brothers La Conquista Tempranillo Ganarcha – Spicy blend with enough punch to drink with any red meat.
10. Bollinger – when it comes to Champagne, I love Bollinger. It doesn’t completely break the bank when you want to treat yourself.