Recipes and wine matching

UMAMU Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon with Prawn taco, avocado, cucumber & corn salad


500g raw green prawns shelled


  • 2 large roasted green capsicums or fresh poblano chillies, deseeded
  • 3 large green chillies or 2 small green Birdseye chillies (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander
  • 3 stalks spring onions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 ground black pepper
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Flesh from 2 ripe avocados
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spring onions
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Squeeze of lime to taste


  • 1 cob fresh corn kernels
  • 1 large Lebanese cucumber finely diced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado deseeded, skinned and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander
  • 2 stalks spring onions finely sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 small lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Store bought or home made soft tortillas
  • Extra lime wedges to serve or finger limes


Add all marinade ingredients into a food processor, process to a purée. Combine half the marinade with the prawns, reserve the other half to use as a salsa for the tacos. Let prawns marinade for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

Combine all salad ingredients into a bowl, gently combine and set aside.

Make the guacamole by mashing the avocados together with the other ingredients.

Sauté prawns in a hot non stick fry pan until just cooked but caramelised on both sides.

Heat up tortillas by sprinkling with some water, wrap in foil and warm in a moderate oven for 5-10 minutes.

To assemble tacos, lay a tortilla flat, spread a line of guacamole down the middle, then lay some salad on top of the guacamole, followed by the prawns, sauce and a squeeze of lime or finger lime caviar. Fold tortilla in half and enjoy. A fresh citrusy mouthful with a hint on heat and saltiness to perfectly match a glass of UMAMU Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.

May our exquisite vintage wines, handcrafted from our family vineyard in Margaret River, established in 1978 enrich the celebration of your UMAMU - Inspired by Balance & Contentment

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UMAMU Estate Mac’s Chardonnay 2010 with Mussels with leek and garlic crumb


  • 1 kg mussels in shell
  • 1 leek, white part only, washed and finely sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups stale bread, roughly crumbed in a food processor
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 50g butter, melted plus extra butter to sauté
  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 2 Tsp dry vermouth
  • 100ml cream


Clean and beard mussels. In a large pot with a lid, add half a cup of water and bring to a boil, add mussels and shut lid to steam cook for 1 -2 minutes. Shake the pot a few times. When mussel shells open, this means that they are cooked. Discard any mussels with unopened shells. Remove top shell from mussels and run a knife under the mussel meat to loosen from bottom shell. Set aside the mussels in their half shell while you make the crumb. Tip: precooked vacuum packed mussels sold at supermarkets can also be used, just drain the mussels and remove the top shell.

Sauté leeks with butter until softened. Combine leeks, bread crumbs, garlic, lemon zest, melted butter and oil. Season to taste. Mix vermouth with cream. Spoon a teaspoon of the cream mixture onto each mussel, top with a tablespoon or two of the leek and garlic crumb. Place shells onto a grill tray and grill for a minute or until crumb is golden and crisp.

May our exquisite vintage wines, handcrafted from our family vineyard in Margaret River, established in 1978 enrich the celebration of your UMAMU - Inspired by Balance & Contentment

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Chinese New Year – the year of the Pig

Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar. This year 5 February marked the start of the lunar new year celebrations which will continue for 15 days until the full moon of the first lunar month.  

This will be the year of the Pig, the twelfth animal of the 12 year Chinese zodiac cycle.  The Pig is said to have a beautiful personality and be blessed with good fortune in life. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are also signs of fortune.

One legend says that the Jade Emperor said the order of the zodiac would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived to his party. The Pig overslept and therefore arrived late – determining his place in the zodiac. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house and he had to rebuild his home before he could set off arriving last, so he could only take twelfth place.

The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin.

Celebrations of the new lunar year are very important and there are many traditions around cultural celebrations.

At UMAMU, some of our favourite celebrations centre around wine and food – of course.

One way to celebrate is to enjoy a salad called ‘Yee Sang’.  Yee Sang is a ‘Prosperity toss’ where you toss a salad with particular ingredients that have symbols of abundance, prosperity and good luck.  This ritual traditionally brings wishes for reaching higher levels, for households to be filled with gold and silver, prosperity for the business and for life to always be sweet… 

Traditionally this dish is served on the seventh day of the new year but nowadays it is enjoyed in the lead up to the new year as well as during the 15 days of new year.

Here is a recipe that pairs beautifully with our ChardonnayCabernet Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  This is a lovely entrée for eight people or so depending on your appetite. 

What you'll need: 

  • Eight pairs of chopsticks
  • 250g smoked salmon – (traditionally raw fish is used but smoked salmon is delicious and an easy substitute)
  • Two bags of julienned/shredded raw vegetables from the supermarket which saves all the shredding. If you can’t find the pre sliced bag then julienne/ shred the following,
    • 2 carrots
    • 1 radish
    • 1 cucumber
    • half a lettuce
    • 1 beetroot
  • a few segments of pomelo / grapefruit – into pieces
  • Two tablespoons of pickled ginger
  • Two tablespoons of pickled onion
  • Five wonton skins sliced and fried
  • Three tablespoons of chopped peanuts
  • Two tablespoons sesame seeds

For the dressing:

  • Two tablespoons of lime juice
  • Three tablespoons of plum sauce
  • One teaspoon sesame oil
  • Three tablespoons of any mild oil you like e.g. olive oil
  • A pinch of 5 spice powder
  • A pinch of salt

What to do: 

To prepare the dish, place all the veggies on a big round plate and top with the smoked salmon. 

Add the dressing and the idea is to use your chopsticks to toss the ingredients into the air to mix the salad while saying auspicious wishes. 

The belief is that the higher the toss, the higher one’s growth in fortunes so let’s toss as high as we can!

And enjoy with UMAMU wines of course…..


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UMAMU Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon with Scallops, watercress, fennel & beetroot salad with Asian miso & lemon dressing

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UMAMU Estate Sparkling Chardonnay with Spaghetti Carbonara, truffle scented eggs, WA rock lobster tail & truffle butter

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Rack of Lamb with Shiraz & Chocolate Sauce with UMAMU Shiraz 2009

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Green olive artichoke and feta tart with UMAMU Estate Cabernet Franc 2012

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Beef Wellington & Bordelaise sauce paired with UMAMU Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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Smoked Cheese Stuffed Meatballs paired with UMAMU Cabernet Merlot 2009

It's winter and when the days are cold and short, there is nothing better to nourish the soul than a hearty meal paired with a great red wine. 
Smoked Cheese Stuffed Meatballs with Roasted Tomato Sauce
We hope you enjoy the process of crafting this delicious dish as much as we did and we know that you will savour it with a bottle of our 2009 Cabernet Merlot.


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Favourite Pairings

Coming into the festive season, we wanted to share with you four of our favourite food wine pairings this year.  

Surf & turf with Sparkling Chardonnay 2005

Shared by an UMAMU connoisseur, we are thrilled to see.  This Sparky is also being well enjoyed via Wine Selectors and their keen bs’… was poured at our Hong Kong 15th Anniversary dinner and recently, served as aperitif at the launch of Duck In Duck Out creation by Manu Feildel & Phillip Davenport.  Hot press we just found out, is also featured with 4 stars/5 in WINESTATE Wine of the Year Awards Annual Edition 2018 Magazine.

Prawn with fennel & cannellini beans with Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010

I was invited as a surprise guest at a dinner party and requisite was for me to pair wines for two courses.  This was one of the courses...  Phew the pairing was a dream and the night’s hostess is now a keen supporter.  Hot press, this is also featured with 4.5 stars/5 in WINESTATE Wine of the Year Awards Annual Edition 2018 Magazine.

Pumpkin soup with trimmings with Chardonnay 2009

I have been cooking pumpkin soup for Halloween since univ days in England… one of my annual pleasures.  This year we paired with our museum Chardy 2009, yummo… I added some ham to the soup this year, an added dimension.

Saddle of lamb, roasted pumpkin, cumin honey with Shiraz 2008 at CAV restaurant Manila

With Christmas around the corner we are also excited to ‘again pair’ the lovely lil spiced Shiraz with Turkey & trimmings… This beautiful drop has been served twice on Qantas Business class.  Hot press, this is also featured with 4 stars/5 in WINESTATE Wine of the Year Awards Annual Edition 2018 Magazine.

Please check out our food wine pairing thoughts.


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