Spring is upon us, along with a juicy selection of Australian made wines!
As the trees flutter and the flowers blossom, so too does Australian wine. And after a year of reasonable weather, it’s safe to say that there are glassfuls or new wines to taste this spring 2021. But we can only choose 10 of the best for this spring wine guide.
The following Australian-made wines are the perfect accompaniment to spring. Many are award-winning, and all are delightful and truly sensational in their own way. And they have all been carefully curated.
Come on Australia, let’s get you wine-ready for the season ahead with our guide to the top 10 Australian made wines for spring 2021!
Mitchelton Estate Single Vineyard Roussanne
Alongside the gently flowing Goulburn River stands Mitchelton Estate, a vineyard proud to be one of the top contenders at the Halliday Wine Companion. Four of their shiraz varieties achieved an “Outstanding” rating of 95, but our tastebuds are wagging for their Roussanne, which is highly recommended by Halliday Wine Companion. Expect a pale yellow drop, blooming with fresh apricot, peach and chamomile, teeming with citrus and subtle gunflint notes.
Hardys Tintara Shiraz
Sourced from the sunny seaside vineyards of McLaren Vale in South Australia, Hardys Tintara Shiraz is the perfect wine for spring dinner parties where steak is the featured dish. On the palate this wine is densely intense, showcasing ripe plum and dark berry fruits in combination with chocolate, liquorice and tar. Evenly balanced with a plush texture, an abundance of sweet fruit flavour and fine structural tannin provides a wine of classic McLaren Vale richness with juicy bright fruit flavour. A beautiful wine to enjoy for spring time.
Castle Rock Estate RS21 Riesling
Castle Rock Estate is an established winery in the Great Southern part of Western Australia, where their rieslings are complex and perfectly balanced. According to winemaker Rob Diletti, this wine is made from 100 per cent free-run juice, cool-fermented to retain fruit expression and freshness and then arrested early to preserve some natural residual sugar in the wine. Expect green tropical fruits on the nose, with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity as it flows along your palate.
42 Degrees South Sparkling Cuvee NV
In the cold climate of Tasmania lives the Frogmore Creek Winery which overlooks the 42 Degrees South brand. And their sparkling Cuvee wine showcases the amazing climate and culture of Tasmania. Filled with delicious aromas of toasty brioche and citrus, and a light- to medium-bodied palate of apple, lemon and strawberry, this is a wine worth toasting over. The refreshing fragrances perfectly accompany the palate, which offers an elegant acid structure. Best served with freshly shucked oysters if you ask us!
Little Giant Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Little Giant in Coonawarra can now proudly boast having won three gold medal wines at the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2021. One of them is their Cabernet Sauvignon, a crimson-red drop with deep purple hues, minimal additions and preservatives. It breathes an aroma of blackcurrant and mulberry, followed by chocolate oak and subtle spices. Apart from being the top 10 Australian wines for spring, when you realise Little Giant helps fund WIRES through their sales, this bold wine becomes a wonderful feel-good treat.
Carillion 'Loveable Rogue' Fiano
Soak yourself in the Italian spirit with Carillion’s ‘Loveable Rogue’ Fiano. This wine was made as a slightly ‘off-dry’ style, featuring five grams per litre of residual sugar. This means it’s not as tarty as your general dry white. And with the perfect harmony between the residual sugar and acidity thanks to the well-timed halting of fermentation, this drop is both aromatic and quenching; best matched with Italian food. Expect a palate bursting with citrusy notes of grapefruit and yellow peach.
Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco
Great proseccos don’t always have to originate from Italy. Just like the Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco, harvested in the Melbourne countryside. Featuring a delectable mix of freshly cut pear, citrus blossom and a smidgen of spice on the nose, along with a softly sensational palate, it’s the perfect accompaniment for any celebration. The bubbles are gentle, allowing you to truly indulge in the pristine flavours, which could trick you into thinking you’re drinking truly Italiano Prosecco.
Pikes Wines Traditionale Riesling
For 36 years, Pikes Wines in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia have been producing this exceptional Traditionale Riesling. And, in 2020, it was given the accolade it deserves with 96 points and a gold medal at Halliday Wine Companion. Expect a citrusy aroma, wafting with fresh lime, with a palate that emboldens the nose thanks to the various other citrusy flavours – a delightful addition to any upcoming dinner party. Or, for aficionados, consider cellaring to 2035.
Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir
A few kilometres north of Launceston in Tasmania sits the Tamar Ridge Vineyard, positively famous for their elegant Pinot Noirs. Their original staple, the Pinot Noir, captures the unique essence of the Tamar Ridge area, which comfortably sits along the Tamar River. This wine shares the aroma of ripe dark cherry against a background of spicy and savoury characters. A rich and complex wine with a good concentration of soft, silky tannins that will reward cellaring.
Bimbadgen Signature Semillon
This gold medal award-winning wine from the Hunter Valley is everything a Semillon should be – off-dry and full-bodied. The Bimbadgen Signature Semillon 2013 offers aromas of deep, concentrated lemon curd with a hint of honeysuckle blossom. It’s matched with a palate of punchy lemon and lime citrus and exceptional acidity. We recommend pairing this wine with a saucy dish like honey mustard or creamy chicken and mushroom, and you have yourself a perfect lunch or dinner.
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Looking for what else to drink in spring? Here’s the Top 10 Australian Made Botanical-Infused Spirits to Try this Spring. If picnics are more your style, don’t forget to pack these 10 Essentials You Need For Your Next Spring Picnic.