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Our favourite red wines and what dishes to enjoy them with this winter

Cooler weather heralds the season for red wine in Australia’s South West

As the last of the rust-red autumn leaves start to fade on our Margaret River vines, our attention turns to enjoying our fine red wines and hearty, warming dishes to pair them with.

Nestled in the heart of the internationally renowned Margaret River Wine Region, Passel Estate is a family-owned property producing small quantities of premium wine.

Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted in the ancient ironstone-based gravelly loams on the estate almost thirty years ago, and it’s from the grapes harvested from these mature vines that we produce our multiple-award-winning, single-vineyard wines.

Passel Estate’s collection of red wines include the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, the new release 2018 Shiraz, and the special, limited release Lot 71 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Lot 71 Reserve Syrah.

Our Lot 71 Reserve wines are produced in very small quantities and only in exceptional vintages, with extended barrel maturation in the finest French oak.

Passel Estate co-founders, Wendy and Barry Stimpson, reveal the current release red wines that they are particularly partial to pairing with their favourite winter meals.

Wendy says it is impossible to select a favourite red wine from the Passel Estate collection, however, when pressed she admits to being especially fond of the 2017 Lot 71 Syrah, which was awarded a silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards last year, and received an impressive 94 points from Wine Pilot’s Ray Jordan.

It is such an elegant wine, I love the beautiful aromas and fruit perfumes that are released as you decant it. I especially enjoy a glass of our Lot 71 Syrah with Barry’s homemade slow-cooked Sri Lankan lamb shoulder,” says Wendy.

While Barry genuinely loves all of the Passel Estate wines too, he tends to favour the Cabernet Sauvignon wines in winter. “I really enjoy both the Passel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the Lot 71 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon,” he says.

Both wines are serious, complex and velvety; beautiful expressions of a pure Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.  My first pairing choice every time would be a juicy rib-eye steak grilled to perfection on the braai.

Barry’s excellent choices are supported by prestigious wine awards and the enthusiastic reviews these wines have received from trusted wine critics.

The 2016 Lot 71 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a gold ribbon and 95 points from Aaron Brasher of The Real Review and received the same stunningly high score in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Cellaring Guide and from Ray Jordan for Wine Pilot.

The 2017 Passel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon won a gold medal at both the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2020 and at the Australia and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show last year. It more recently received an incredible 96 points from Wine Pilot’s Jeni Port.

Completing Passel Estate’s red-wine write-up, the superb new 2018 Shiraz released last month is already living up to high expectations set by our previous Shiraz vintages.

This outstanding new Shiraz, from what is widely considered by regional wine experts to be a perfect Margaret River vintage, has already received 91 points and high praise from leading Australian wine critic, Huon Hooke of the The Real Review, who tasted it pre-release.

We highly recommend pairing this Shiraz with locally sourced venison from just a paddock away from Passel Estate at the Margaret River Venison Farm next door.

In addition to the premium red wines featured in this blog, Passel Estate also produces a highly-awarded Chardonnay and a trophy-winning Sauvignon Blanc.

We invite you to visit us here at Passel Estate for a guided tasting of our complete collection of wines, or join us for a sensory food and wine pairing experience to sample our wines alongside custom-made artisanal chocolate bon bons by local master chocolatier, Nadia Haskell of Harlequin Desserts.

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