SOHO Spotlight: Wines and Flavors from Australia & New Zealand


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SOHO Atlanta restaurant will showcase the wines and flavors of New Zealand and Australia throughout the month of November, beginning on flight night, Wednesday, November 5. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, November 11.

First, SOHO will pour a 2009 Astrolabe Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand. The winemaker says of the Pinot Noir, “Color is bright deep garnet with a bouquet of savory ripe plum and dark cherry, with a hint of smoky oak. The palate is full-bodied with round, mouth filling flavours of plum, brambly fruit and dark cherry. The oak integrates nicely with the fruit, and combines well with the silky tannin structure.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2009 Rolf Binder Halliwell Blend Barossa from Australia. The wine, a Shiraz and Grenache blend is described by the winemaker, “What first strikes you with the bouquet of this wine is the abundance of glass filling berry fruit aromas. The subtle use of both old and new oak combined with soft tannins comes through on the palate. Strong full-bodied characters last right through to the back of the palate and certainly linger.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2010 Mr. Riggs “The Gaffer” Shiraz from Australia. The Wine Advocate said of the wine, “Aged for 12 months in French oak, 30% new, the 2010 ‘The Gaffer’ Shiraz has a very deep garnet-purple color and pronounced black fruits, black currant and mocha nose with hints of bacon, cinnamon stick and loam. Full bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it is well-balanced by crisp acid and a medium level of velvety tannins, finishing long and savory.”

SOHo’s executive chef, Scott Warren, has created three tapas plates to pair with each wine.

2009 Astrolabe Pinot Noir
Paired with: Seared duck breast with apples and mustard

2009 Rolf Binder Halliwell Blend Barossa
Paired with: Braised lamb shank with garlic mashed potatoes

2010 Mr. Riggs “The Gaffer” Shiraz
Paired with: Old-fashioned beef stew over jasmine rice

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapas plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapas plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas). See you soon!

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