Australia, it’s wine time this winter 2021!
Last year’s winter was quite cold, figuratively speaking. But, we’re in a better position this year – Australians can have sizeable dinner parties at home! And if there’s one thing that pairs well with dinner parties, it’s wine. Because nothing spurs gasbagging like a bottle or two of fermented juice.
Of course, the biggest conundrum here is choosing the right wine. Do you go red or white? Or a spot of bubbles perhaps? To answer this, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best Australian made wines for winter 2021.
These wines will warm you up and smooth your senses while adding the perfect accompaniment to your next dinner party. Bottoms up!
Manor Estate Sparkling Shiraz
This Sparkling Shiraz is a fruit bomb of blackberry, cherry and blackcurrants, and is eloquently contrasted with the true dryness of a standard shiraz. The Manor Estate Sparkling Shiraz pours as a violet, frothy liquid and settles into a vivid, sparkling burgundy topped with a steady, violet mousse. Matched with well-peppered steaks and seasoned vegetables, you’ll be host to a truly VIP dinner party in no time.
Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
The Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir is an award-winning wine, brimming with sweet characters and offering a silky smooth touch on the palate. Expect a bouquet of strawberries and cherries, matched with complex and creamy gaminess. Fine tannins act like the icing on the cake, leaving a final pristine finish. Match this wine with an assortment of Asian dishes – from dumplings to sweet curries.
Smith & Hooper Merlot
A good merlot is dark and fruity, much like the Smith & Hooper Merlot which is deep cherry-red in colour. It’s a juicy concoction of morello cherry and blue fruits on the nose, followed by violets and dark chocolate. Even the tiniest sip can mark the bursting dark cherry and plum flavours, complemented with French oak. Enjoy now over a roast dinner or cellar for up to five years.
Angullong Crossing Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
When it comes to winter, nothing warms the soul quite like a bottle of red wine. But most especially the sweeter varieties, just like the Angullong Crossing Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Originating from the cool-climate region of Orange, this cabernet is well-balanced with a complex array of layers to pique curiosities. Matched with a platter of pungent cheeses and it will be a night to remember.
Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Pinot Noir
Sample the flavoursome textures of the Yarra Valley through Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Pinot Noir. This wine showcases varietal intensity thanks to wild strawberry and cherry, on a lightly savoury spectrum. The palate is vibrant and juicy, featuring a gentle French oak influence, making for a perfect addition to any dinner party. Best served with a casserole.
Orange, New South Wales is a wonderfully continental wine region, bringing full-flavoured wines to the forefront. Just like the Patina Wines Chardonnay featuring hints of toasted marshmallow and roasted yellow nectarines. The moreish mixture of flavours then balances out to create an explosive palate, topped with a squeeze of lemon for added tang. Best served with thirsty friends or cellared for up to six years.
Natural Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc
Organic wine is made without the use of fertilisers, pesticides or any other chemicals. Just water and lots of love. The Natural Wine Co. specialises in this wine type with their organic Sauvignon Blanc – an aromatic wine featuring prominent tropical fruit characters like passionfruit, melon, pineapple and grapefruit. The flavours of the bouquet follow onto the palate, combining with some fresh, zippy acidity.
Take It To The Grave Grenache
Some secrets are best taken to the grave, much like whatever secrets lie in Take It To The Grave’s winemaking processes. Their wines are made to be interesting and to challenge the rules around winemaking protocols. Much like this medium-bodied Grenache that is partially hand-harvested following an exceptional vineyard, water and canopy management. The result? A bright wine fit for any occasion.
The Ethereal One Fleurieu Sangiovese
Ethereal means something that is extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world. And at The Ethereal One, a classic example of this is their Fleurieu Sangiovese. It is a remarkable Sangiovese, exploding with aromas of strawberries, raspberries and anise with hints of the earthy, forest floor. Dominated by red fruits, this hearty wine is best served with tomato-based spaghetti recipes.
Huntington Estate Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The year 2015 was a quaint year, when the climate settled into something normal, resulting in a good harvest for the winemakers of Mudgee, New South Wales. At the top of their range is their Huntington Estate Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, featuring a deep, complex and yet marvellously balanced mix of blackcurrant, licorice, and five-spice on the nose, with dark fruits and punchy tannins on the palate. Best served after an enriching day.