Winter has well and truly settled in and we all know what that means; it’s red wine Season! The cold nights call for casual evenings in by the fire and lingering in your favourite spot on the couch, while treating yourself to a glass or two.
Here are four reds that we think are just the ticket to comfort your soul and stimulate your curiosity (not to mention your taste buds!).
Generous & Lush
Summerfield Pyrenees Shiraz
Owned and operated by father and son duo Ian and Mark Sommerfield, they have been producing hearty, bold reds from their Moonambool farm in the Pyrenees for more than 40 years.
The estate shiraz is smooth, luscious and just as comforting as a warm hug from your mum. Loaded with mouth-filling dark berry fruits of blackberry and plum, hints of dark choc and mint, and ends with the hallmark long and lush finish.
Match this beuty with a wholesome garlic and rosemary roast lamb or a meaty woodfired pizza.
Complex & Interesting
If you are a long time lover of Nebbiolo or are yet to be seduced by it’s charms, this drink now style from winemaker Massimo Benevelli is not to be passed up, and is considered one of the best value wines from Italy’s Piedmont region year in, year out.
Sitting at the point where complexity meets approachability, this Nebbiolo is built for early drinking, and gives you a taste of the regional characteristics of Piedmont, with a more approachable tannin profile than the usual regional style, often requiring up to a decade to soften.
It’s fresh and juicy, with plush red cherry, star anise, some dried floral notes and orange peel with lively mineral acidity driving the finish.
Try this with a ribeye steak, ragu or a pork and fenall sausage.
Full Bodied & Hearty
Calabria 3 Bridges Durif
Calabria family wines spans 3 generations, beginning in the Riverina district of NSW and now includes vineyards in the Barossa Valley, including some rare 100+ year old vines.
Durif is a big bodied, brooding red and the variety has thrived in the Riverina growing region of NSW, where this 3 Bridges Durif is produced. It tastes of dark ripe plum and blackberries, with hints of dark chocolate and florals, complemented by sweet vanillan oak carrying to the finish.
Pair this with rich comforting dishes, like beef cheeks or braised lamb shanks.
Lively & Balanced
Gemtree Cinnabar GSM
McLaren Vale’s Gemtree Wines is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Melissa (viticulturist) and Mike Brown (winemaker). Living in one of Australia’s most celebrated natural regions has given Melissa and Mike a mindfulness about the environment and the earth, and the vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically.
The 2020 GSM is a bright and lively blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Shiraz, 10%
Mataro. Being a blend, this wine has plenty to ponder, with bursting flavours of red plum and raspberry intertwined with dried herb ﬂavours and hint of vanillan oak.
Pair this with smokey BBQ ribs or a vegetable curry.