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The best Barossa wines and curries together this winter
We've all seen curries appear at pubs, with many making their annual appearance during winter. But now, in what may become a South Australian tradition, Linfield Road Wines have introduced Curry Sundays to complement their fine stable of boutique wines.
Located at the southern entrance to Williamstown, Linfield Road Wines is a small family owned winery that has been operating in the Southern Barossa Valley since 1860. Since those first plantings, the Wilson family have fostered a viticulture tradition at Linfield that spans five generations and 153 vintages. And proudly, according to the family, there has been five tractors, at least seven unpatented inventions, hundreds of kitchen table meetings, thousands of winter stews, and a whole lot of red wine produced and consumed during that time.
Nowadays, instead of those winter stews, the family focuses on the delivery of a good curry in order to supplement their fine handcrafted single vineyard wines. In 2015, Linfield Road Wines have engaged with the Barossa's favourite Indian Chef, Raj from Rajkotwala's Masala's, to cook some of the best curries that you will taste in the Barossa. On our recent visit to the Barossa, we couldn't resist to try some great curries with some appropriate wine.
The offering of two curries made our selection processes easy - one of each. The selection of wines was always going to be a bit harder, but a white and a red seemed sensible. The butter chicken arrived alongside a glass of the "There Will Be Stars 2014 Chardonnay on Skins". This chardonnay was quite unique, having been subject to a wild ferment, seven days on skins, and stored in an old French oak for 12 months. With only 32 dozen produced, this chardonnay was a sheer delicacy and another winner produced by this boutique winery.
The Murg Makhani (butter chicken) was served in a small ramekin, complete with roti, steamed rice and some vegetable chutney. Being personally produced using fresh Barossa ingredients ensured that the dish was tasty and enjoyable without leaving a feeling that you had just eaten a tub of margarine.
Our choice to complement the Rogan Josh was a simple red highlighting the family's red heritage. Given that it was the Grenache vines that had been holding on to their autumn leaves the longest, the decision was for a Grenache. In another large glass it came, with a gentle aroma and softness that would match many of the best. The long and slow legs of the wine gave us a good indication that it had a reasonable content of alcohol.
The Beef Rogan Josh also arrived with roti, steamed rice and a small serving of a spinach and lentils paste (Saag Dal). The beef was nicely cubed, and very tender. Again the local meat and vegetables from the Barossa Farmers Market, where Raj has a stall each week, gave us a good feeling of localness and freshness.
Two different curries will be available each Sunday, and with plenty of seats both inside and outside the cellar door, Linfield Road Wines are sure to have your curry cravings covered. And if the curry doesn't warm you up on these cool winter Sundays, then the heaters, the friendly family service and the generous mood music within the cellar door will.
Grenache vines dropping their leaves - Steve Hudson