Braised Lamb & Risotto with De Martino Carmenere

Chef Yerko Negrete shows us how to make a hearty braised lamb & honeyed pumpkin risotto dish to pair perfectly with the Estate Carmenere from iconic Chilean wine producer, Viña De Martino.

The temperature is dropping, Kiwis! And you know what that means… hearty meals and tasty reds season!

We contacted our Chilean producer, Viña De Martino, who makes a really smashing Carmenere and asked them what they think would be a really good match that would get them feeling all toasty?! And voila, they let us know you can’t go further than this Braised Lamb with Honeyed Pumpkin Risotto!

Braised Lamb & Honeyed Pumpkin Risotto

You Will Need:
  • Seasonal vegetables (Carrots, onions & celery in video)
  • Garlic
  • Lamb
  • Arborio rice (Or similar short grain risotto rice)
  • Lamb broth
  • Pumpkin
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Tomato sauce
  • Paprika
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • De Martino Estate Carmenere
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  2. In an oven dish, lay out the pumpkin and pour over the honey, then bake for 30 mins.
  3. Heat some olive oil in a pan and brown off the lamb.
  4. Remove the lamb from the heat, and add seasonal vegetables to the same pan you’ve used to cook the lamb.
  5. Pour in a glass of De Martino Carmenere (or similar red wine) and allow to simmer and reduce for a few minutes.
  6. Add the lamb back to the pan along with a spoonful of garlic, paprika, salt & pepper to taste and some tomato sauce.
  7. Simmer on low until ready to serve.
  8. Mash your baked honeyed pumpkin when ready.
  9. Add lamb broth to a new pan, add rice and stir to cook.
  10. Add the mashed pumpkin & paprika to the cooking risotto.
  11. Add some butter and grate the Parmesan cheese in to taste.
  12. Serve with De Martino Carmenere on the side!

This dish looks super impressive when served garnished with crispy shallots, crispy sliced Kumara or edible flowers.

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De Martino Estate

2019 De Martino – Estate Carmenere, Maipo, Chile

This Carmenere has a deep ruby red colour with violet hues. Aromatics are fresh and intense with notes of ripe dark berry fruits, black pepper and spice. The palate has a soft texture with ripe tannins, balancing acidity and a fresh fruit core with a lingering finish.
“De Martino, one of the most dynamic and enterprising among the experimental and entrepreneurial companies in Chile.” – Jancis Robinson