MATT SKINNER'S WINE SUGGESTIONS
Chateau de la Jaubertie Cuvee Mirabelle Rouge, 2004 Bergerac, France
The postcard-perfect Chateau de la Jaubertie sits happily at the top of Bergerac’s distinguished pile of producers. A traditional blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, expect to find a nose layered with tightly wound cassis and dark berried fruit alongside smells of liquorice, leather and wild mint. In you mouth you’ll find no shortage of concentration with plenty of sweet dark fruit, mineral-like texture and measured dry grippy tannin. A delicious wine and perfect with everything from game through to full–flavoured red meat dishes.
A great local alternative would be one of Margaret River's many great Cabernet blends. Cape Mentelle Trinders 2006 is a soft, fruity, beautifully structured wine and would more than fit the bill (expect to pay around $25 - $30).