Looking to discover wines to drink in autumn? Uplift your palate with these Australian wine brands!
What do you look for in a glass of wine? Is it fruity flavours or delectable dryness? Perhaps you yearn for something sweet? Whatever your predilections, we’ve sourced a range of autumn wines produced by some of the best Australian winemakers.
From red to white and sparkling, our list of our favourite wines for autumn are perfect for picnics, late nights at home or spicy cocktail hours. Matched and perfectly paired for the season, let’s cheers to the months ahead with our list of the best Australian made autumn wines for 2023!
Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon
There’s no denying that autumn and Australian red wine goes hand-in-hand. Thankfully, Hollick that’s based in South Australia’s Coonawarra region, has made our fall that bit more pleasant with their Cabernet Sauvignon. Created by winemaker Trent Nankivell, this seasonal wine is packed full with a bouquet of ripe berry, subtle chocolate and spice. Best paired with beef casseroles featuring a plethora of ingredients such as mushrooms, rosemary and garlic.
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir
When it comes to autumn wine, a pinot noir is the perfect choice. And, thankfully, Yarra Valley’s Innocent Bystander excels with this variety. Promising pure drinking pleasure, this lighter-style wine features notes of plush red cherries, cola and spice. Best matched with a bitter dark chocolate, you’ll find Innocent Bystander’s Pinot Noir to be juicy, smooth, seductively velvety and, most importantly, best enjoyed with company.
Jansz Premium Cuvee
Grown and fermented in northern Tasmania, this pale gold in colour cuvee features aromas of honeysuckle, citrus zest and fresh strawberries. However, upon sipping, you’ll find a complex array of nougat, roasted nuts, a fine creamy texture, delicate fruit flavours and, of course, a refreshing natural acidity. A perfect wine to drink in autumn, we recommend pairing the Jansz Premium Cuvee with a spicy and garlicy mud crab that’s roasted and served with garnishes of lemon.
Lobster Reef Hidden Marker Sauvignon Blanc
Despite this being a New Zealand made wine, it might as well be Australian – that’s how much we love it! One of our favourite wines for autumn, the Lobster Reef Hidden Marker Sauvignon Blanc hails from Marlborough and is best described as tropical, fragrant and crisp. On the nose, drinkers can expect notes of lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit. Like any true sauvignon blanc, we recommend pairing it with baby octopus, blue cheese or white chocolate. Enjoy!
Quarry Hill Shiraz
With Alex McKay as the winemaker and a gold award won back at the Canberra Regional Wine Show in 2013, 10 years on we are still loving the Quarry Hill Shiraz. Forget anything pretentious, this Aussie wine that is perfect for autumn likes to keep things simple. With a familiar palate of mulberry and plum, aromas of raspberry, pepper and spice, this is one drop that will make frequent appearances in your cellar. Delivering an overall crisp and dry finish, this drop is sure to sweeten things up just a notch.
Robert Stein Dry Riesling
Here’s a wine you could drink now or cellar for later. It’s up to you! The Robert Stein Dry Riesling harnesses the classic taste of dry Riesling, with plenty of lime and fruit characters. As it washes across your palate, it finishes up with a crisp swish, leaving a trace of sweetness. Taking home multiple gold medals and trophies, there’s no denying that Robert Stein’s Dry Riesling is one of the best Australian white wines. Be sure to match this drop with Asian cuisine to spice up your night!
Swanning Around Rosé
Autumn, it’s the time of the year where Australians still experience scorching hot days but with cooler evenings. So, for the perfect drink that will take you from day to night and from picnics in the park to cocktail hour at home, you’re best bet is the Swanning Around Rosé. Famed for being vibrantly juicy with bright acidity and delicate cherry notes. It’s the perfect accompanient for any ocassion! Better yet, spice things up by adding in a few slices of freshly cut jalapeno to your glass as popularised by TikTok creator Allyssa in the Kitchen.
Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
We love nothing more than a family-owned winery and, from that, Taylors wines has to be our first choice for anything heart-felt. Their cabernet sauvignon is a must try this autumn 2023. It’s not because of their exciting price range, nor because they’ve been around for over 50 years, but because it’s extremely well-balanced without dimming down on blackcurrant flavours and overall notes of sweet oak. One of our favourite autumn red wines for 2023!
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