Ngeringa JE Assemblage 2013
Adelaide Hills - South Australia
Winemaker, Erinn Klein and cofounder, Janet Klein took over their very own patch of the world-renowned Jurlique herb farm and started putting into practice all they had learnt while studying all things wine at Adelaide University. They met in 2000 while Erinn was studying oenology and Janet was studying viticulture and wine making. Let's just say, it was a match made in winemaking heaven, because fifteen years later that are pioneers in small batch biodynamic wine making.
Banjo says: Erinn and Janet Klein are dedicated farmers in the Adelaide Hills. Their property sits on the original land planted with a range of herbs, flowers and botanicals for use in the Jurlique skincare range, and remains untouched by synthetic chemicals to this day.
JE is their range of blended grape varieties (as JE is a blend of their initials), and this is a mix of Chardonnay and Viognier.
Rich, textured and lightly creamy, it takes its power from the ripeness of the grapes, but finishes with juicy, citrusy acidity.
The grape type
Chardonnay and Viognier blended wines are a relatively modern invention - while both grapes have a long and noble history, there is no real tradition of bringing the two together in a bottle. However, it works very well, indeed. Chardonnay and Viognier grapes are both originally from France and are typically oak-aged to produce creamy full-bodied wines. Coming from different lineages, Chardonnay belongs to the Pinot Pedigree, while the latter is part of the Syrah pedigree.
The acid and structure of Chardonnay complements the softness and roundness of the Viognier, and stops the wine from becoming flabby and directionless. Viognier offers its powerful floral aromatic qualities, and Chardonnay the sharp fruit. This particular blend is a great one for food pairing, as there are plenty of different notes within the wine which match with a wide range of dishes. However, for a truly stunning pair, you’ll want to go for a dish with involves shellfish, firm, white fish such as cod, or aromatic chicken dishes made with lemon and lots of herbs.
We’ve teamed up with the talented team at Smudge Eats to match all our wines to their delicious recipes, which they’ve compiled from the country’s top and emerging chefs.
Recipe link: Moreton Bay Bug
Season matching: Winter
Mood matching: You'll know when
Taste matching: Rich