Food Pairing

  (Last Update:2019.01.31)

Wine Pairing: Hunter Valley Semillon x Miso Mackerel

This was a truly lovely pairing. We had a feeling it would work, but with miso and the oily mackerel it could have been a challenge. Hunter Valley Semillon seems to be one of those wines that “wine people” in the know loves, but that struggles to get a wider audience. Never mind, it’s great stuff and is a brilliant companion with fish and East Asian flavours – it doesn’t always have to be Riesling….we promise.

Today’s Wine Pairing: Hunter Valley Semillon x Miso Mackerel

Semillon’s home is in France, and Bordeaux specifically, but it has found a unique expression in Hunter Valley, just north of Sydney, Australia. Here the grapes are picked quite early to avoid late-Summer rains, and the resulting wines are typically low in alcohol (often 11% or below).

Australian_wine_zones2

Image by Froggydarb at English Wikipedia
*Wine zones of Australia. Hunter Valley is the dark green near the east coast.

While they don’t have a huge amount of complexity when young, with a little bit of age these wines blossom into real aromatic beauties: fleshy, ripe citrus fruits with plenty of zippy acidity and a nice hint of toasted almonds. These wines are often aged at the estate for a good few years before release. In the case of our Mount Pleasant ‘Elizabeth’ Semillon 2009, it had been ten years in fact. And it was a real cracker!

VINUM-mackerel-miso

The acidity was the ideal foil for the oily mackerel and would be an absolutely spot-on partner for any fish or seafood for that matter. And as for the miso component: no problem! The roast almond flavours and fleshy, creamy texture on the palate were great with the sweet-but-earthy miso. And with only 11% alcohol, it was a perfect mid-week wine. What’s not to like? Our advice: seek out some Hunter Valley Semillon. Now!

Pickup post

  1. What is a good pairing?
  2. White wine with meat
  3. Basic Pairing Tips (Part 2)
  4. To decant, or not to decant…
  5. What grows together goes together

Related post

  1. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Grenache x Yakitori

    Chomping our way through skewer aft…

  2. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Riesling Kabinett x Okonomiyaki

    Okonomiyaki – the Japanese social f…

  3. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Orange wine x Korean Food

    Orange wine!? This is definitely at…

  4. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Man O’War Graveston x Miso/Nat…

    We've done it! We've finally found …

  5. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Northern Rhone Syrah x Game meat

    Game birds, what's not to like? The…

Recent post

Archives

  1. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: White Bordeaux Blend x Fis…
  2. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Marsanne/Viognier x Miso S…
  3. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Assyrtiko x Kara-age
  4. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Champagne x O-Sechi (Japan…
  5. Food Pairing

    Wine Pairing: Alsace Riesling x Tonkatsu…
PAGE TOP