In winter we all get a little heavy. We wear more clothes, we eat heartier meals and we drink fuller wines.
But spring has sprung, so as we ditch the clothes and change up our dishes, we must also lighten our palates with some fresh and fragrant drops.
For some, that sounds terrible, with memories of passion pop, cheap Moscato and an overly sticky chardonnay coming to mind. Forget that. We’re talking about something fresh, fun, tasty and made with quality.
So to celebrate the sun, we’ve curated our top five picks for the warmer months filled with international drops, cold ones in cans and saucy-clad bottles.
Super Fresh – Spanish Tempranillo
Forget a pricey summer holiday, for $18 well-spent dollars you can experience all the flavours of a sunkissed European getaway. The Super Fresh Tempranillo is a fabulous, fresh and fruity drop from sunny Spain, perfectly accompanying spicy or raw dishes during the warmer months. The juicy red fruits and hints of spice make for an intriguing drop that will have you coming back for more. Available in BWS nationally at RRP $18.00
Crafters Union Wines – Spritz Cans
If you’re sick of spritz, this one is certainly not for you. But for those of us who speak-spritz, we’re cheering. Crafters Union Wine cans are the perfect aperitif to kick off your spring and summer festivities. Choose from the rich and fruit-driven shiraz, the lush McLaren Vale Rosé with hints of watermelon and strawberry flavours, the summer fresh pinot grigio or the vibrant gooseberry and zesty vibe of the sauvignon blanc. Available in BWS nationally at RRP $8.00 (250ml can).
Unoaked Chardonnay - Tea & Wine
This one’s not even released yet, but we’ve got the exclusive on it- Tea & Wine will be this spring/summer’s most favourite drop. The new Unoaked Chardonnay is infused with organic Eqyptian Chamomile blossoms and is extremely pleasurable. It’s fruity, yet subtle, with small bursts of camomile blossoming after each sip. Easy to drink, Tea & Wine transports you to a summer soiree, perfect to unwind and relax with. Its colour is a watercolour mix of yellow and green, enhanced by the fragrant palate of golden apple and citrus. This will be available mid-September at 36 select Dan Murphy’s stores.
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
This refreshing Marlborough sauvignon blanc screams summer, offering aromas of lifted citrus, bright fruits and crushed herbs. The palate is tropical with splashes of passionfruit, melon and grapefruit flavours. The hardest decision you’ll make with this wine is whether you enjoy a chilled glass with fresh mixed salads, shake it up in a summer cocktail or make some delicious Kim Crawford floral popsicles. Yes, popsicles. Available nationally for RRP $22.00
Young & Co Berry Riot – French Grenache
If the label didn’t catch your attention, the taste certainly will. Young & Co’s Berry Riot French Grenache is perfect for fashionistas and beauty lovers who can’t resist a delectable wine and cheese night with friends. Bursting with style and sass, this grenache has aromas and flavours of red berry fruit, while providing a seamless and elegant structure that makes for a tasteful pairing for BBQs and canapes. Available in BWS nationally at RRP $23.00.