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The Best Australian Wines for the Easter Long Weekend

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Drinking at home has never tasted so good!

The Easter long weekend is upon us and yet most of us are self-isolating. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good tipple!

We’ve sourced some delectable Aussie drops (with premium pairings) for you to enjoy in the comfort of your humble abode.

Tar & Roses Prosecco NV
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Tar & Roses Prosecco NV

Whether you’re toasting to the holiday, or just for the sake of another long weekend, you can’t do it without a glass of bubbly. This spritzy, yet soft palate of light green apple and citrus mousse is refreshing with its crispy acid finish. The Tar & Roses Prosecco NV pairs perfectly with a freshly constructed charcuterie board.

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24 RRP Pairing: prosciutto-wrapped melon.

Patrick of Coonawarra 2016 Patrick Estate Pinot Noir
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Patrick of Coonawarra 2016 Patrick Estate Pinot Noir

Picked from the Mount Gambier region in South Australia, this savoury, elegant and refined wine will take your palate on a rich and smooth journey. With tastes of cherry and red fruit leading to cinnamon spice and a hint of strawberry, you can already see yourself rugged up in a blanket with a glass in hand. 

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29 RRP Pairing: Crispy skin duck

Grant Burge Non-Vintage Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rosé
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Grant Burge Non-Vintage Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rosé

Blushing savoury pink in hue, this wine reflects its pinot noir dominance with rich red fruit on both the nose and palate, accented by dusky florals and sweet spicy notes. This sparkling is a perfect complement to a range of foods. Pair it with a zesty duck salad, a gourmet cheese platter, or a strawberry pavlova.

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29.99 RRP Pairing: gourmet cheese platter with pate and rillettes
St Hallett 2019 Rosé
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St Hallett 2019 Rosé

The palate of the St Hallett 2019 Rosé is succulent with an abundance of fresh strawberries and cream, rose petal and white peach that fill the senses, all while its clean-cut acidity gives the palate gorgeous length. The finish is fine and elegant with lingering flavours of raspberry and strawberry with a subtle savoury hint. The perfect after-dinner accompaniment. 

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18 RRP Pairing: an after-dinner accompaniment
Tar & Roses Lewis Riesling 2019
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Tar & Roses Lewis Riesling 2019

Enjoy the true spirit of Easter and dive into a pile of seafood on Good Friday while pairing your feast with this structured riesling. Overflowing with orange and quince blossom, this mouth-filling palate explodes with lemon and lime flavours that take you to a crisp, dry, lingering finish. 

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26 RRP Pairing: fettuccine with seared scallops and prosciutto.
Hardys Eileen Hardy Chardonnay Vintage 2017
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Hardys Eileen Hardy Chardonnay Vintage 2017

The Eileen Hardy Chardonnay Vintage 2017 is a true representation of its grape family. This dry and medium to full-bodied wine brings an intense hit of custard apple, ground cumin and jasmine flower, entwined with subtle toasty oak and a hint of struck match. The palate is juicy, rich and flavoursome, featuring white peaches and zesty lemon to lead the charge. 

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118 RRP Pairing: a delectable seafood platter
Hardys HRB Pinot Noir Vintage 2018
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Hardys HRB Pinot Noir Vintage 2018

Hardys Heritage Reserve Bin Pinot Noir Vintage 2018 is an enticing, highly aromatic release full of redberry, spice and autumnal leaf, with a palate of finesse and balance, matched with a soft juicy fruit profile. It’s juicy and sweet-fruited with a palate full of ripe berry fruits, fine tannins and subtle oak. Pair with a lean-cut steak for the ultimate indulgence. 

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35 RRP Pairing: roast chicken dinner
Patrick of Coonawarra 2015 Patrick Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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Patrick of Coonawarra 2015 Patrick Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

For those looking for that extra special addition to the dining table this Easter, this special drop showcases the true essence of an aged Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is bold and full, but has softness, spice and elegant tannins perfectly paired with roast lamb. An approachable cabernet that will drink well now or cellar for up to five years.

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29 RRP Pairing: roast lamb with vegetables and pan-roasted gravy
St Hallett 2017 Blackwell Shiraz
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St Hallett 2017 Blackwell Shiraz

This 2017 Blackwell Shiraz has a full-bodied palate of black forest flavours and textures of prodigious intensity and persistence. It is opulent and balanced with a certain vitality that will see the wine age gracefully over the years. In fact, you could cellar this wine for 10 to 15 years or more. The general rule for shiraz is to pair with grilled meats. 

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47.99 RRP Pairing: grilled meats
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