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Top 10 Australian Red Wines For Winter 2020

Warm up this winter with these Australian wines!

Are you hunting for your next great tipple? Something that embraces the colder months of Australia’s winter and pairs seamlessly with a range of winter warmers? Well, Australia is bountiful with delectable drops that are sure to soothe your soul.

When it comes to red wine, Australia is no rookie; with vineyards blossoming right across the country from the Hunter Valley to Margaret River. In fact, Australia is so keen on its red wine, that it’s the world’s fifth largest exporter. So, whether you love a summery pinot or a warming shiraz, there’s no doubt that a homegrown drop will satisfy more than your love of red wine.

But with so many wines to choose from, most of us stick to blind luck. Which is why we at Hunter and Bligh have done the hard yards and selected some truly fine bottles that you can enjoy this winter:

<strong>Fatn' Skinny</strong><br />
The Red Fury Tempranillo Garnacha
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Fatn' Skinny
The Red Fury Tempranillo Garnacha

McLaren Vale is sporting some eclectic varieties this winter, starting with The Red Fury that is light-hearted and full of flavour. Like the ‘Picker’s Choice’ below, it has been matured for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak.

Expect sweet and supple aromas with a medium-bodied concoction of dark red fruits served in an unusually clear bottle.

Price: $22
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Food Pairing: Aromatic cheeses

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<strong>Fatn' Skinny</strong><br />
Picker's Choice Shiraz Tempranillo Barbera
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Fatn' Skinny
Picker's Choice Shiraz Tempranillo Barbera

The Picker’s Choice from Fat n’ Skinny takes the expected punchiness of a shiraz and blends it with two other grape varieties to give a delicate whirlwind of texture.

It also features a touch of their own rosé to soften the fruity palate. Picker’s Choice is filled with spice and all things nice, making it the perfect accompaniment for a winter’s day barbecue.

Price: $22
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Food Pairing: A smokey barbecue

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<strong>Cat Amongst The Pigeons</strong><br />
Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon
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Cat Amongst The Pigeons
Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon

Here’s something for all you wine connoisseurs who love a quirky name. Just like its name, Cat Amongst The Pigeons can cause quite the stir, but luckily with a fun and playful nature.

You can expect a full-bodied serve of dark berries and a spice-filled mix of fruity flavour – perfect for either opening straight away or storing for a couple of years.

Price: $16
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Food Pairing: Grilled lamb cutlets

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<strong>McWilliam's</strong><br />
McW Reserve 660 Canberra Syrah
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McWilliam's
McW Reserve 660 Canberra Syrah

The McWilliam’s Reserve 660 Syrah is the quintessential staple for any hearty dinner. Or even just by itself. This Syrah (like shiraz) is grown and refined in the chilly climate of Canberra.

Expect a slither of spicy red fruits on the nose, with a medium-bodied collection of aromatic fruits and a long finish filled with gentle tannins.

Price: $24
Region: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Food Pairing: Chicken and mushroom pasta

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<strong>James Busby</strong><br />
Cabernet Sauvignon
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James Busby
Cabernet Sauvignon

Spice up your next date night with the James Busby Cabernet Sauvignon. Hailing from the far-southwestern corner of Australia, this beautiful wine is ripe with redcurrant and touches of cassis and mulberry.

It is rich without the overbearing punch and a stretching finish. In our opinion, it’s best served with steak.

Price: $18
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
Food Pairing: A juicy steak dinner

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<strong>Jacob's Creek</strong><br />
1847 Pinot Noir
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Jacob's Creek
1847 Pinot Noir

Are you a stickler for seafood but not keen on drinking white in this cold weather? Well, the Jacob’s Creek 1847 Pinot Noir is the perfect accompaniment to fish.

It is medium-bodied with notes of black cherry that are balanced with spicy notes and supple oak. Try it with a crispy-skin salmon, cooked to perfection.

Price: $18
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Food Pairing: Seared seafood

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<strong>Elephant In The Room</strong><br />
Palatial Pinot Noir
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Elephant In The Room
Palatial Pinot Noir

This wine brings with it a controversial statement: Sometimes delicate wines are boring!

The Elephant In The Room Palatial Pinot Noir offers a full-on variety of plums, dark berries and a trace of the forest floor. The palate is brimming with bountiful flavours, from juicy red fruit to smoky spices.

It is ready when you are…

Price: $14
Region: Limestone Coast, South Australia
Food Pairing: Smoked duck

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<strong>Rolling</strong><br />
Cabernet Merlot
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Rolling
Cabernet Merlot

Merlots are, in this day and age, one of the more full-bodied red wine varieties. And they keep getting fuller! Much like the Rolling Cabernet Merlot which doesn’t sacrifice on ingredients. It has been overloaded with dark berries, plums and herbaceous characters, and offers a smooth texture for discerning taste buds.

If you’re looking for a lingering taste, you’ve come to the right place.

Price: $15
Region: Central Ranges, New South Wales
Food Pairing: Thai or Vietnamese dishes

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<strong>Abbey Vale</strong><br />
Shiraz
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Abbey Vale
Shiraz

Abbey Vale Shiraz brings plenty of punch without the full-body, which is rare to find in the current Australian wine market. It is blended in the wine region of Margaret River, showcasing a mix of dark plums and ripe anise-like spice on the nose, with silky tannins and understated oak to complement the taste.

Honestly, it’s a rather charming Shiraz.

Price: $25
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
Food Pairing: A hearty beef stew

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<strong>Grant Burge</strong><br />
Hillcot Merlot
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Grant Burge
Hillcot Merlot

If you need some more proof that complex wines are affordable, we recommend sipping on the Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot. It’s soft, supple and delicately balanced with red fruits, ripe plums and juicy cherries. The palate brings a course of charred oak and spice with a swill of inviting tannins.

You can age it for up to five years, but why wait?

Price: $22
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Food Pairing: Spaghetti bolognese

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Need help picking your perfect red wine? Try out our red wine quiz to find your matching drop! Do you think you know your grape varieties? Well, stretch your skills with our meticulous wine knowledge quiz!

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Editor’s Note: Hunter and Bligh was gifted by Fatn’ Skinny. This article does contain affiliate links which allow us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers. All reviews are authentic and are in no way influenced by our partnership.

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