WINE PAIRING OF THE WEEK: Alpha Box & Dice Kit & Kaboodle 2014, McLaren Vale & Juicy Lamb Koftas

Alpha Box & Dice Kit & Kaboodle 2014, McLaren Vale, South Australia

An unexpected South Australian blend of Italian grapes Montepulciano & Barbera with Cabernet Sauvignon. Crafted in opulent style, medium in body with plenty of weight. Aromas and flavours of ripe red cherries and a whiff of black pepper. Well balanced and complex, this is a great fruit-forward red perfectly approachable and easily quaffable. Big tannins, starting to mellow. Closes in a long, lingering finish with dark chocolate overtones. Enjoy with grilled lamb and slow roasts. Score: 90/100. Tasted June 2017. VINTAGES#: 489849, $ 24.95.

Serve this perfect summer BBQ red with juicy lamb koftas. They belong to a family of meatball dishes found in Middle Eastern & Balkan cuisine. A deliciously seasoned and spicy mixture of minced meat, lamb, in this example, mixed with onions and parsley with the addition of spices, such as coriander, chili and cumin. In the Middle East, koftas are usually made from lamb, beef, mutton or chicken.

In Greek and Balkan versions most often used meats are pork, beef and lamb, or mixture of all three. Serve your perfectly grilled koftas with cold yogurt, fragrant steamed rice or a variety of flat breads.


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