Darenberg's Darry's Original Shiraz Grenache and Food Pairing Review
Here is a wine that is packed full of fruity aromas and tastes of plum, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry. While these fruit flavours are the star of this show, there are plenty of backing flavours of black olives, spice, cove and nutmeg to keep you entertained. The tannins don’t pound away at you like an overindulgent drum solo; instead they simply hold the mass of flavours together. In an age where many wines are trying to copy what everyone else is doing, D'Arenberg’s Darry’s Original Shiraz/Grenache living up to its ‘original’ mantel as this is a unique and pleasant wine.
Shiraz and Grenache with Grilled LambThis wine is absolutely fabulous with grilled lamb. The fruit flavours ease away the gaminess you sometimes get with lamb, while the spicy flavours of the wine draw out the great meat flavours. As this wine is not a tannic monster, any lamb grilled medium to medium well will match the best. The reasoning is that tannic wines need a lot of fat and protein to bring them down a notch. As this wine isn’t high in tannin, it doesn’t need a lot of fat to hold on to. Since cooking foods beyond rare increasingly breaks down the fat and protein levels more and more, you’ll find this wine will pair better with medium well meats over a tannic Cabernet Sauvignon.
Beef and D’Arenberg’s Darry’s Original Shiraz GrenacheThis wine is not for delicate or subtle foods, which makes beef a great choice to pair it up with. As the tannins in this wine aren’t in need of taming, medium, and medium well cuts of beef will go best. (Although you’ll find well done and rare cuts of meat will be tasty too) Try this wine with a Beef Stir Fry, Grilled Hamburger, Steak, and Prime Rib.
Venison and Shiraz and GrenacheVenison is increasing in popularity, probably as people are realizing that it is a great and healthy alternative to beef. Venison can be gamy, and the ample berry flavours of this wine are going to wash that flavour off your tongue. Meanwhile the spicy component of this wine will bring out the great flavours in this dish. Whether it’s Venison Stew, Venison Steak, or Grilled Venison, you’ll find a great partner in this wine. As a side note, whilst we’ve never had Kangaroo here at What To Pair, we suspect this wine would be fantastic with that dish too.
Best Wine to Pair with Lamb StewWe already mentioned Lamb at the top of this list, and we’re mentioning it again as this is simply a phenomenal wine to pair with Lamb Stew, particularly on a brisk Autumn or Winter day. The Grenache component of this wine will keep you feeling cozy, while the Shiraz aspect will spice up this dish bringing it to a new level.
Written by: Joel Baxter