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Five favourite O’Reilly’s wine and food pairings

by Jane Kelly

Meet O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards Membership Manager, Samantha Dusting.

Given her twenty-year affiliation with the family vineyard, there is no better connoisseur to share their five favourite O’Reilly’s wine and food pairing varietals, as prepared by in-house Chef Paula.

1. Lona Reserve Sparkling Blush

O’Reilly’s traditional Semillon is used as a base and dosed with a petit verdot creating a rose-coloured wine, bouquet of raspberries and tiny bubbles. The palate displays subtle strawberries and raspberries with a crisp finish.

Food pairing: Cajun prawns resting on charred sweet corn salsa and petite salad.

2. Molly Reserve Marsanne

This increasingly popular variety presents white peach, melon and honey suckle aromas with a dry full flavoured palate.

Food pairing: Pure Artisan Truffle Brie tart on rocket salad (experience this delicious match at Cheesemas in July at Canungra Valley Vineyards this July).

3. Shane Reserve Shiraz

Cinnamon and nutmeg aromas with dark chocolate and raspberry nuances. Rich red berry with notes of liquorice, coconut and vanilla on the palate.

Food pairing: Slow braised lamb shoulder with Shane Shiraz pan sauce.

4. Silky Oak Liqueur Muscat

This sweet white dessert wine is best enjoyed by the fire with fruity, honey and jasmine notes.

Food pairing:  Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake.

5. Big Pete’s Port

Truly a Winter favourite this ruby red port has rich berry and hints of chocolate flavour.

Food pairing: Fig and walnut panforte with blue gorgonzola, nashi pear and walnut shortbread (if this is a flavour match you would like to try book Cheesemas in July this Sunday 29th)

Book your ticket to 'Cheesemas in July' - Sun, July 29
Learn more about O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards Membership Coordinator Samantha Dusting serves shared main course platters at the 2018 Longest Lunch.  Photo: Susie Cunningham

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards Lona Blush. Photo: Susie Cunningham

Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder with O’Reilly’s Shane Shiraz.  Photo: Christine Sharp, Eat Local Volume 2

Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake