Seasonal Food and Wine Pairings: Autumn Vegetable Caponata
Although it might not feel like it, the Summer season is officially over and we are now heading into the first week of Autumn for 2023!
Excitingly, this change in seasonality is really noticeable in our Estate garden right now, with the late Summer tomato harvest coming to a close. We now have pumpkin ripening on the vine, as well as paprika, corn and eggplants growing in abundance – all featuring on our current menu! Our Jerusalem artichokes are taking off and nearly ready to harvest in a few weeks' time.
Last week the Millbrook team also came together to help plant our Winter crop in the garden. These fruit and vegetables will flourish as we head into the cooler Autumn days and nights, eventually being featured in our ever-changing Restaurant menu once harvested.
To celebrate this seasonal change, we are bringing you the third instalment of the Millbrook seasonal food and wine pairings: Autumn Vegetable Caponata with the Regional GSM!
If you would like to try your hand at growing the produce needed for this recipe, Millbrook Executive Chef Guy Jeffreys suggests:
"Plant eggplant and capsicum seeds into seedling trays in September, transplant into the garden late October and reap the rewards all through Autumn."
In the meantime, read on for Guy's divine Autumn recipe below and be sure to grab a glass of the Millbrook Regional GSM while you do!
You can download the recipe card below and be sure to share your recreations with us on Instagram!
Complete your recipe with Guy's wine pairing of choice:
"Unabashed and full of personality in a varied and cool 2021, this is a fantastic effort, with Millbrook achieving a clean, concentrated ripe-fruited powerhouse such as this. Jam-packed with blueberry essence, cassis, prune, light spice and liquorice. Tannins are silken and round out the palate. Made for early drinking. Enjoy now and for the next 4 years. Top Rated."
- 94 Points, The West Australian Wine Guide 2023
"This is a routinely delicious, early drinking and super-fresh style (matured for just 3 months in older oak prior to release). Through the lens of the 2021 vintage, the vibrancy of fruit is a little more subdued than in years past, but it retains a core of spicy, supple flavour that bounces across the tongue. Raspberry, aniseed, plum jam, blackberry, red apples, some mulberry, a strap of licorice and purple flowers. The tannins are fine like black tea. $25 is a steal."
- 92 Points, Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2023
Shop the Millbrook 2021 Regional Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre here.