Wine that doesn’t match up

Mud House Pinot Gris 2015, Nelson

I have bought this wine on several occasions and have usually paired it successfully with chicken breast marinated in  olive oil, half inch of grated ginger, garlic and a squeeze of fresh lemon. However, the tasting notes from Majestic state that it is a perfect match for all dishes with Asian flavours so I decided to give it a try. Today, I paired it with a Thai red curry and jasmine rice. Thai red curry is mild and aromatic. Firstly, let me describe the wine. The colour is light, shimmering gold, like the colour of the inside of a honey dew melon. The wine industry would probably describe it as bright straw. The nose is fragrant and promises much. It is subtle honey and aniseed, like old fashioned cough candy. On the palate, it is cooked pear. Soft and gentle and then a moment later it gives you tropical fruit on the outside edges of your tongue. The taste is weighty and makes you anticipate food. It is good, then comes the food.  The wine paired well with the coconut and the prawns but not the spice. The wine lost its flavour very quickly because the flavours in the food overpowered it. Basically, the mild spices in the dish were too much for the wine.  So, although this is a lovely wine it doesn’t match well with red Thai curry, an Asian dish. As I stated earlier the tasting notes advise that it is a perfect match for all dishes with Asian flavours. Have you seen a map of Asia? It is massive with Mongolia in the north and Malaysia and Thailand in the south and Indonesia even further south. How can one wine match all Asian flavours. I will endeavour to find another dish, apart from marinated chicken breast, which this lovely wine complements and I will post it on my blog in the future.

Purchased from Majestic. I paid £7.99.

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