Winter has arrived. As the evenings get cooler, the fires are stoked and many of us start to enjoy our red wine even more.
So it’s a good time to think about what food pairs well with your favourite red. Our friends from Hillock Down Produce Store in Rye have provided us with this great, warming recipe that will go perfectly with our 2015 Crittenden Estate Kangerong Pinot Noir.
Polpette - Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
by Hillock Downs Produce Store
1 kilo Hillock Downs grass feed beef mince
150 grams of breadcrumbs
180 grams of Parmesan cheese greated finely
4 tablespoons of fresh Italian parsley, chopped finely
160 ml of olive oil
2 onions finely chopped
1 garlic clove
2 kilo of Hillock Downs passata sauce
2 bay leaves
Extra grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley to serve
500 g of your favourite pasta
Mix breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley with the beef mince. Add 3 eggs first and mix well. Mixture should all come together. If it feels too dry, add the 4th egg. Roll mixture into balls. Heat oil in a pan that’s large enough to hold all the meat balls. Cook meatballs until golden brown as they brown lift them out. Fry onion and garlic until sautéed, then add the passata sauce. Add all of the browned meatballs back to pan with Passata sauce. Add bay leaves and simmer for 40 minutes. Cook pasta according to packet instructions until al dente. Maniare!
Place cooked pasta in a large bowl and spoon meatballs over the top. Sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese and parsely.
2015 Crittenden Estate Kangerong Pinot Noir
ABOUT HILLOCK DOWNS PRODUCE STORE
We at Hillock Downs are committed to providing you with the best beef made by nature. We are MSA licenced producers and pasture certified which means there are no hormones and are antibiotic free animals. We make sure the animals are treated with the utmost respect. Our cattle are all born and raised right here on the farm using traditional and sustainable farming practices.
151 Dundas St, Rye
Tel: 0413 777 737
If you’re looking for some other great wine recommendations for this season, the following tipples will be just perfect for your winter months:
The steady hum of vintage has wound down to a gentle whisper of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir slowly finishing their ferments. 2017 has been a very promising vintage for Crittenden Estate, the journey to this point beginning around spring 2016.
Our vineyard sprung to life right on schedule and was followed by strong, healthy spring growth. The vineyards flowering period coincided with a cool spell in November, leading to reduced potential yields and a few nerves leading into summer. A hands on approach and attention to detail in the vineyard helped reduce the threat of disease from high humidity and heavy rainfall over the New Year period. A mild to warm summer ensued, along with timely rainfall, aiding the vineyard in the approach to harvest. For us, the 2017 vintage will be defined by the near perfect ripening conditions of late February and March. Mild days, cool nights and dry weather led to a stable, prolonged ripening for our grapes, with our various blocks picked at optimum balance and ripeness.
Things moved very smoothly in the winery this harvest. Batches of fruit arrived in timely fashion and were given their deserved full attention by the winery team. Time enough to put some premium Pinot Noir through our little basket press, gently extracting the skins, giving superb results. The whites exhibit lovely natural acidity, ripeness and balance. At this early stage the potential quality is very high. The Pinot Noirs have an elegant poise, fine subtle tannin and are less boisterous than 2016. They poses excellent expression of place and in time will become archetypical Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noirs.
With winter setting in the vineyard begins to shut down and winery slips back a gear or two. There is, however, plenty of work to do and the excitement of seeing the 2017 wines develop in barrel will provide ample inspiration.