When preparing an Easter feast, our thinking usually stops at food … and bountiful supplies of chocolate eggs and bunnies. But to make a meal memorable, give some thought to wine matching.
Here are some of Matt Farrah’s suggestions for the perfect Easter lunch matched with some amazing wines that your family and friends will remember.
STARTER – PUMPKIN SOUP
As a great starter for Easter lunch, it is hard to go past a hearty pumpkin soup, especially as the weather starts to cool.
An Ant Moore 2012 Viognier from Marlborough is the perfect complement. Ant Moore Viognier has a rich middle palate but also displays spicy orange notes which will complement the pumpkin flavours while adding a bit more nutmeg spice. The finish is very long and creamy so it will make a perfect partner for the soup.
This wine normally sells for $26.99 but Farrah’s Liquor Collective has it at $9.99 a bottle and you still get 10 per cent off for any 12 or more bottles. This wine will surprise at this price. It’ll even surprise the wine connoisseur.
MAIN – LAMB SHANKS
Rich, filling, slightly sweet and hearty, lamb shanks are perfect for Easter lunch. The rich flavours of the lamb coupled with tomato-based reduction will make your mouth water as soon as the aromas start escaping the oven.
A good lamb shank deserves a rich and bold shiraz with berry richness and a peppery spice.
Matt’s pick is the Lou Miranda Old Vine Barossa shiraz 2015 vintage. A multi-layered shiraz that over-delivers on ripe blackberry and plum fruits and bursts with complexity and richness. This wine is so good even the wine judges say it over-delivers on quality for the price. This has been a huge favourite at Farrah’s since they opened and the legion of loyal followers are making this wine a must-try.
This wine normally retails for $57.99 but Farrah’s Liquor Collective has worked hard with Lou Miranda Wines to bring you this brilliant wine for $44.99 for a single bottle, but with the 10 per cent discount for 12 bottles or more it’s $40 (but it easily compares with many $100-a-bottle wines).
FINISHER – DESSERT
For dessert, it’s hard to beat the humble but delicious bread and butter pudding.
With the cows chomping on the lush summer grasses this year, the butter is rich and smooth and there is nothing better than the real taste of butter. The bread adds the structure and brioche notes to the flavour and the sultanas add the fruit sweetness and texture. Bread and butter pudding has a light sweetness and a smooth creamy texture so it needs to be accompanied by a luscious sweet dessert wine.
A Growers Touch Botrytis Semillon is such a wine. Hailing from the Riverina region where the best botrytis wines are produced, this wine is amazing. Sweet with mild syrupiness, a lovely marmalade tang and a long sweet finish that goes on forever, this is going to be an amazing marriage for your taste buds and it will finish the Easter feast perfectly. You can even crush up an Easter Egg and sprinkle it on top as chocolate goes well with both bread and butter pudding and the Growers Touch Botrytis Semillon.
This wine should sell for $30.00 but at Farrah’s, it is just $16.99 for a 375 ml bottle … and don’t forget the discount if you buy 12 or more wines.
You can order online from farrahsliquorcollective, and they will deliver to your door in Canberra at no cost if you spend over $80. Of course, you can also visit the warehouse at 8 Townsville St, Fyshwick, and get to know Matt and the professional and helpful staff to get more advice on making your Easter lunch one to remember.