What I know is that chatting about winter wines for an evening is my endless summer. So let us toast winter and embrace the brilliance of the season. But what if you can’t make it along? Don’t miss out! Join in at home with this pack of highlights.
A big fruity hug full of ripe, vibrant, juicy flavours.
In winter, you want a big fruity hug full of ripe, vibrant, juicy flavours. OK and a bit of alcohol doesn’t hurt. However, I would contend it is the mouth feel that is most important. We often don’t reach for icy cold beverages for winter because that would not be helping. And you don’t often serve beer or Riesling at room temperature (not Australian winter room temperature which is artificially heated. I mean cellar temperature which is 16 degrees C or less) because without that refreshingness they lose a lot of their charms.
This winter you want to be snuggled up with a full bodied wine.
Note I didn’t just say reds. Some Chardonnay, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier are all classic choices. For red varieties there are many choices. Try to stick to warm climates and their specialities. Barossa Shiraz, Coonawarra Cabernet, Rhone Valley Grenache, Mourvedre from Bandol. Tempranillo from Spain. All those lovely varieties from Sicily, Puglia and Campania (Nero d’Avola, Negroamaro, Aglianico). That’ll give you a bit to chew on for now.
Of course, food changes everything.
If you’re cooking a red duck curry then maybe Heathcote Shiraz isn’t as appropriate as something a bit lighter and aromatic and not huge in alcohol. You might have an Alsatian Pinot Blanc for instance. And that is fine because lets face it, by the time we get home from working on a cold day the heater goes on and the cold goes way for another night.
The number one rule.
These ideas are always overruled by the number one rule of wine: drink what you like. But do have some fun and experiment because you never know what else you might like.
This Wintery wine pack contains one bottle of each of the following six wines.
ReWine Reserve Shiraz Gundagai 2015 – The Southern parts of NSW are under exploited for making great cool climate reds. Get in before they are discovered.
ReWine Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley 2017 – Cool climate Cabernet at its best. Great intensity and length.
Eguren Teso La Monja Almierz Toro Castilla Y Leon Spain Tempranillo 2011 – Amazing mature Tempranillo