Australia sit back and relax, it’s wine time!
Autumn is that graceful time of year where everything begins to settle, making it the perfect season for wining and dining at home. Crack open a succulent red and match with a colourful antipasto platter; enjoy a bottle of bubbles with your friends at an afternoon barbie, or wind down after a hard day’s work.
To help you do so, we’ve found the 10 best Australian made wines for autumn 2021 to sink your teeth into – from reds to whites and even a dash of sparkling wine.
Glasses at the ready, ladies and gents and all those in between! It’s wine time…
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De Bortoli Petit Moscato
Made from Muscat Rouge à Petits Grains, with its name coming from its characteristic small berry size, De Bortoli Wines’ latest release, Petit Moscato, is anything but small. It’s big on flavour and bold on colour, offering the perfect balance of bright fruits, soft acidity and a spritzy finish. It even makes for a quaint gift when you’re told not to bring anything.
Paradox Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Dainty, simple and elegant – Paradox wines offer a delightfully mysterious balance of subtle yet full-on flavours. The Paradox Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is no exception, featuring tropical fruits that develop on the palate, leaving a punchy, zesty finish. And at 8% ABV, they’re perfect for those long afternoon lunches celebrating with friends and family.
The Hour Glass Pinot Grigio
As the sun floats across the sky and the dried red leaves land atop the earth, it’s time to sip some classic Australian wine. With The Hour Glass Pinot Grigio, you can relax with this sophisticated and elegant wine at your next light lunch, afternoon BBQ or picnic with family and friends. It’s deliciously light and filled with flavour exhibiting aromas of apple and pear which linger on the palate leaving a crisp, dry finish.
Fortune favours the brave at Vandenberg winery, so named after a young Dutch sailor who delivered gold rush-bound passengers to Australia. And just like the Vandenberg story, their wines are just as rich – like their Shiraz which features white stone fruits, peach and nectarine, with a suggestion of fig and spice on the nose and a nougat-like creaminess lingering on the palate. This is one of the best Australian made wines to sip on as you watch the seasons change.
Italy is thrusting itself onto the Australian wine market with grape varieties like Sangiovese on the rise, and Coriole has been the pioneer of this variety in Australia. This Sangiovese features spicy dark cherry and plum flavours, with a palate that is perfectly balanced with dusty drying tannins. Whip up a bowl of spaghetti bolognese to match, and you’ve got a gustosa night in!
Angullong 'Fossil Hill' Montepulciano
Angullong is one of those vineyards that have quietly made a name for themselves, offering fine quality wine – just like their staple ‘Crossing Reserve’ Shiraz. Of course, they’re perhaps most famous for their multicultural range, including the ‘Fossil Hill’ Montepulciano, an Italian grape variety that matches perfectly with any Italian feast. The aroma is herbaceous, with dark fruits and balanced oak on the palate.
Castle Rock Estate 2019 Pinot Noir
Located in the southern ranges of Western Australia, Castle Rock Vineyards is well-placed for decadent wine. Just like their 2019 Pinot Noir, with a bouquet of strawberry and cherry fruits that are backed by a complex and creamy concoction. There are also hints of spice, matched with some charry barrel ferment characters from French oak – which brings out a silky texture and wonderful balance.
Rochford Estate Pinot Rosé
Rochford Estate sits comfortably within the Yarra Valley with a passion for delivering delectable wines in sustainable ways. Their fresh Pinot Rosé is teeming with sun-warmed strawberries, rose water and delicate, slightly spicy Turkish delight aromas. On the palate is a fruity evolution of red berries that bring a silky finish. It’s a quintessential drop for breezy autumn afternoons.
Pig in the House Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
This Organic Cabernet Sauvignon from Pig in the House flaunts a deep ruby colour with purple hues, showcasing its delightful fullness. On the nose expect a terrific conflict between red and blackcurrants with herbs to match. Take a sip and you’ll taste a fruity Cabernet style, offering a smidgen of dry tannins to provide the wine with medium-bodied savouriness.
Elephant in the Room ‘Prodigious’ Pinot Gris
Elephant in the Room made their mark on the Australian market with their ‘Palatial’ Pinot Noir, and now they’ve upped the ante with their ‘Prodigious’ Pinot Gris. Like all their wines, this Pinot Gris is bursting with flavour revealing aromas of ripe apple, pear and lemon citrus with white florals and spice. Matched with mouth-filling flavours while remaining light on its feet, the ‘Prodigious’ Pinot Gris is a versatile drop for any occasion.
Are you looking to entertain this autumn? Why not pair one of these 10 Australian made wines for autumn with this Italian Buffalo Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers or Roast Pork with Glazed Pear, Apple and Fig Recipe?