Just across the Bass Straight from Tasmania, Victoria is mainland Australia's southernmost wine region. And, Rutherglen, located 130 miles northeast of Melbourne, has always been the heart and soul of Victoria's wine industry. Since vines were first planted in the 1850s, Rutherglen has enjoyed international demand for its sumptuous dessert wines, but has now emerged as a serious player in the world of dry wine production.
This Mourvedre-based blend's dark, meaty flavors make it an ideal accompaniment to red meat, game and other full-flavored fare, and its rich, fruit-driven character opens up a world of pairing possibilities with spicier dishes. But, for all of its intensity, it remains light on its feet and capable of tackling a wide array of foods. A few ingredients to which it responds favorably are roasted garlic, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, lavender, green peppercorn, and, of course, bacon.
Serve at cool room temperature (64°F).