Winter, a time for potpies, rugging up and a great excuse for red wine.
We’re at the half-way mark of the dreaded season, but, McWilliam’s Wines might change that. No, they won’t speed up the cold season, but they will make you feel that little bit better about it.
With over 140 years of winemaking experience, the Australian family-owned and operated company, McWilliam’s, know a thing or two about cool-climate wines, and how to get the best out of them. This year, we’re gravitating towards the McWilliam’s McW 660 Reserve range – a premium release of Australian cool climate, high altitude red wines.
The McW 660 Reserve Syrah and McW 660 Reserve Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested from vineyards at an average altitude of 600 metres above sea level in the New South Wales wine
regions of Canberra and Hilltops. “More and more people are gravitating towards cool climate wines like the McWilliam’s McW range because they are better suited to enjoy with a wide range of foods. The aromas and flavours in these wines are designed to complement a dish rather than overpower it,” says Andrew Higgins, McWilliam’s chief winemaker.
So what do they taste like?
McW 660 Reserve Canberra Syrah
A vibrant purple-red wine, the Canberra Syrah is a stunning drop, with an aroma of violets and spicy red fruits with spicy oak. It’s a silky medium-bodied palate, which highlights the floral red fruit flavours. Already a wonderful splash on its own, we suggest pairing it with a tender lamb rack and roasted vegetables or with a Moroccan spice lamb tagine. In fact, anything with lamb, as long as it’s hot and hearty!
McW 660 Reserve Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon
Now, this drop has an intense colour, a fusion of red and purple. Immediately, you’ll smell the beautiful sweetness of blackberry followed by bay leaf, dark chocolate and fruits. There is also a subtle sophisticated taste of oak that lingers. This, of course, pairs deliciously with an array of winter dishes; from pork and meatball spaghetti to slow cooked beef with creamy mash potato.