John Torode launches recipe collection with McGuigan Wines

My attempt at cooking John Torode's green curry barbecue chicken with matching Mcguigan wines
JOHN TORODE is now one of  this country’s most popular  celebrity chefs. Only last week he  launched his new cookery  programme Australia.
But he also comes from a part of  Australia which is the oldest  wine-making region on that vast  continent, the Hunter Valley.
So it should come as no surprise  that he has been  happy to pair up  with one of that region’s most   successful wineries, McGuigan Wines,  to create some tastebud-tantalising  food and wine matches.
McGuigan has consistently won  many awards. Winemaker Neil  McGuigan  made history by being the  first person to be named world’s best  winemaker in three out of four years.
You will know I enjoy my scientific  wine and food experiments, so it was  too tempting  not to speak to Mr  Torode about food and,  specifically, wine.

Wine review: McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay, 2011, Adelaide Hills

Shortlist is a range of individually numbered and limited release wines from McGuigan.

The small print:

Adelaide Hills – 13% abv – Grape: chardonnay – Buy: Tesco online –  Price:  £15   – screwcap – 2011 – Tasted Feb 23 2014 – Drink in 5 years of vintage

Food matches

Creamy pasta, poultry dishes, shellfish, grilled beef, steamed mussels

What it says on the vin:

Fruit: Schuberts Vineyard Adelaide Hills
Fermentation: Natural yeast in oak
Oak: New French hogsheads
Maturation: Lees stirred once a week for 8 months
Analysis: 13.0% Alc/Vol

On McGuigan website … This award-winning Chardonnay benefits from the cool climate of Schubert’s Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills and wild-yeast fermentation in French oak barrels. It is superbly rich, elegant and complex wine with flavours of peach, melon, lemon and delicate oak and a refreshing zippy aftertaste.

McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay wine 2011, Adelaide Hills
McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay, 2011, Adelaide Hills

In my glass:

Subtle honeyed oak with grilled pineapple and vanilla pods. Loved it; a lively lasting taste of spritely acidity  with zippy lemon and more creamy vanilla.

Find out more about McGuigan wines on their website here 

In my wine glass: McGuigan Classic Semillon Blanc 2012