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Top 10 Australian Made Wines for Spring 2020

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Spring has sprung and the wine is beckoning!

What better way to welcome in the revitalising season of spring than with a gorgeous wine. And we’ve got you covered with choices! At Hunter & Bligh, we’ve discovered some of the freshest drops that will complement your salivating senses as the flowers bloom and blossom around you.

So, to help you celebrate the season, we’ve cracked open the top 10 Australian made wines that are perfect for spring 2020:

<strong>17 Trees</strong> Pinot Grigio
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17 Trees Pinot Grigio

When one says ‘sustainable vegan wine’, one worries about the effect on taste. But, we assure you that Victoria’s De Bortoli winery tastes just as good as it feels buying one. Because for every six bottles they sell, they’ll plant a tree! This Pinot Grigio is a medium-bodied easy-drinking blend, filled with ripe fruity flavours and the tenacity of Eastern Victoria, who have survived (and are still surviving) the bushfires of Summer 2019. A wholesome buy as well as a tasty addition to a spring afternoon.

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King Valley, Victoria 19.50 per bottle
<strong>Gartelmann</strong> 2016 Diedrich Shiraz
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Gartelmann 2016 Diedrich Shiraz

There’s no denying that we all love a shiraz with plenty of character, just like the 2016 Diedrich Shiraz from Gartelmann Wines. The grapes for this drop were derived from a vineyard in Orange, New South Wales, which enjoyed a decent soaking in January this year and were ready to be plucked by mid-March. It’s bold and bright, but full of warmth and nostalgia. The Gartelmann Diedrich Shiraz is perfect on its own or matched with a juicy steak dinner on a brisk Sunday evening.

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Lovedale, New South Wales 50 per bottle
<strong>Anon</strong> NV Sparkling Cuvee
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Anon NV Sparkling Cuvee

Celebrate how far we’ve come this year with a touch of Tasmanian bubbles, most especially the Anon NV Sparkling Cuvee. The grapes are sourced from various regions across the state, from north to south, and matured on yeast lees to gain complexity. This is a wonderful addition to your spring collection, matching the aromatic blooms and greenery. Expect plenty of citrusy flavours that are sure to uplift your soul.

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Tasmania 19.99 per bottle
<strong>Lobster Reef</strong> Sauvignon Blanc
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Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc

When it comes to sauvignon blanc, the best bet is Marlborough. And we must give a special mention to Lobster Reef’s Sauvignon Blanc. It’s beaming with tropical flavours that will easily transport you to the edge of the ocean one sip at a time. But the zest is not as punchy as your standard sauvignon blanc, allowing all the flavours to marinate effortlessly in your mouth. And yes, as the name suggests, this wine goes hand-in-hand with a grand lobster dinner or any seafood feast.

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Marlborough, New Zealand 15.99 per bottle
<strong>Riposte</strong> The Sabre Pinot Noir 2018
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Riposte The Sabre Pinot Noir 2018

The Sabre Pinot Noir from Riposte Wines in South Australia adds a generous level of complexity to your palate. Match your surrounding aromas of springtime with ripe fruits – from dark cherries to sweet plums. It’s a degustation in itself, which we recommend enjoying on its own, preferably on one of those introspective evenings. But, if you must pair it, do so with a hearty casserole and good friends.

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Adelaide Hills, South Australia 28.99 per bottle
<strong>Pikes</strong> 'Traditionale' Riesling
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Pikes 'Traditionale' Riesling

Nothing beats a traditional style wine that holds onto years of ongoing practice, much like this Riesling from Pikes Wines. It’s delightfully acidic, pinching the cheeks with lemon and lime and other citrus fruits – exactly what you’d expect from Clare Valley in South Australia. It’s best paired with seafood, most especially sushi; but if you love your cheese as much as your wine, consider a sharp and tangy cheddar.

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Clare Valley, South Australia 20.90 per bottle
<strong>17 Trees</strong> Shiraz
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17 Trees Shiraz

17 Trees continue their sustainable approach with this delectable Shiraz. In fact, their sustainable and vegan-friendly range also includes a Chardonnay too. 17 Trees’ Shiraz is a deep and meaningful blend, beaming with a crimson red colour. Expect plum, dark cherry and chocolate on the nose, with a palate that is rich with ripe dark fruits and mocha oak. Like any shiraz, it mixes superbly with a barbecue-style dinner, from steaks to cutlets, and feel free to add sauteed mushrooms to the mix.

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King Valley, VIC 19.50 per bottle
<strong>Blue Pyrenees</strong> Late Disgorged Brut Rosé
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Blue Pyrenees Late Disgorged Brut Rosé

It’s the season for brunching, and what goes well with brunch, you ask? Sparkling rosé, darling! Uplift your midday boozy degustation with the Blue Pyrenees Late Disgorged Brut Rosé, hailing from the southwestern shores of Australia. The colour is a bronze shade of pink, which epitomises French wine-making, and it tastes like it has a story to tell. Expect a sophisticated collection of aromas, from red apples and cherries to lightly toasted brioche.

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Pyrenees, Western Australia 16.99 per bottle
<strong>Abbey View</strong> Pinot Rosé
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Abbey View Pinot Rosé

If you want to sample the best rosés, Western Australia is a good market to choose from – just like the Abbey View Pinot Rosé, which blends the sweet flavours of strawberries with floral notes of rose petals. But the overall theme here is influenced by the coastal region of Margeret River, where strong winds and long autumn days pervade. And let’s not forget the cool winters. This rosé will launch you into spring with gusto!

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Margaret River, Western Australia 138.00 per 12x case
<strong>T'Gallant</strong> Prosecco
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T'Gallant Prosecco

Nothing says springtime like a good old fashioned prosecco, and the T’Gallant Prosecco is a decent mainstay in the Australian market. It offers a dry, crisp taste, bringing zest in the form of sharp fruits, making it the perfect start to a cocktail party. The T’Gallant Prosecco matches beautifully with any selection of hors d’oeuvres, effortlessly versatile in its uses. Send a toast to the upcoming new year as we all hope for greener pastures in 2021.

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Main Ridge, Victoria 14.60 per bottle

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Editor’s Note: Hunter and Bligh was gifted by Define Wines and 17 Trees. All reviews are authentic and are in no way influenced by our partnership. This article does contain affiliate links which allow us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers.
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