Wine lovers are always on the lookout for the hottest trend to transition their favourite winter red to a cool summer drink.
Chilling your reds is no old wives’ tale, and many drops – like Jam Shed Shiraz and Jam Shed Red Blend – show their best attributes when cooled down a touch making them perfect for summer sipping. Sporting smooth, rich and fruit-driven profiles, Jam Shed wines are crafted for people who simply want to enjoy a quality drop at an affordable price, all year around. The Jam Shed range also prides itself on being easy drinking, making it an excellent introduction to red wine for new wine drinkers.
Alison Baker, Jam Shed winemaker says, “Red wine is often misunderstood, and a common myth is that reds should be served at room temperature. Chilling wine allows the flavours to become focused, with the alcohol less evident and the structure tighter. Experiment with chilled reds over summer – whether it be serving Spanish-style Sangria or cooling down your favourite bottle of red in an ice bucket – just find what you enjoy best”.
Jam Shed Sangria
The ultimate wine punch for summer entertaining, garden picnics, long lunches or lazy warm evenings, this refreshing wine-infused drink is light and zesty on the palate. This fruity and festive drop is incredibly easy to whip up in a jam jar for one or carafe for sharing with friends. One of the best things about this Spanish-style drink is that just about anything goes – you can combine your favourite garnishes and fruit to match the occasion. Jam Shed Shiraz is the ideal base for a delicious Sangria; when it is cooled, its luscious fruity flavours balance the addition of fresh fruits and garnishes, accentuating hints of sweet cherry and cinnamon.
1 bottle Jam Shed Shiraz
1 cup Frozen Berries
100ml Maple Syrup
500ml Lemonade or soda water
100ml Brandy (sub in another liqueur such as Triple Sec and Grand Marnier if on hand or make without)
Plenty of ice
Method: Add orange, lemon, frozen berries, maple syrup, red wine, lemonade, and brandy (optional) to a carafe. Stir until the maple syrup is fully dissolved and all ingredients have been mixed thoroughly. For best results, allow the mixture to stand in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight, to allow flavours to develop. Add ice, then pour the mixture into jam jars. Add more ice and fruit to your glass as needed
Jam Shed Wine Blocks
As temperatures soar, refreshment is the name of the game and ‘Wine Blocks’ is the latest frozen wine trend to try. Jam Shed Red Blend is the perfect base to add to ice block moulds. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot, Red Blend offers pronounced scents of blackcurrants, raspberry jam, and vanilla pods on the nose, whilst boasting ripe, sweet blackcurrants and vanilla spice on the palate, and finishing with soft velvety tannins.
1 bottle Jam Shed Red
1 cup Fresh or Frozen Berries
100ml Maple or Agave Syrup
Ice block molds
Method: Add orange, lemon, frozen berries, sugar syrup and red wine and blend together. Gently distribute into ice block moulds and freeze overnight.
Jam Shed On Ice
Adding ice to your wine is a great way to create a smooth drinking aperitif. As the ice melts, it dilutes and makes for a refined, versatile drink to enjoy before an alfresco meal on a warm summer’s day. Using very cold ice – straight from the freezer, gives the wine more chill with less dilution. Alternatively, you could try a whiskey ‘ice cube’ from stone or stainless steel. This will chill the wine quickly without weakening the structure or taste. Frozen fruit such as grapes can also works a treat.
Jam Shed Chill Out
Chilling a bottle of red can be done in one of three ways – in the fridge, in the freezer or in an ice bucket. Each method will determine how quickly the wine takes to reach its ideal temperature. In the fridge, it takes around 2.5 hours for red wine to reach its ideal temperature of 12°C. In the freezer, it takes around 40 minutes. If you’re short on time, a simple bath in salted water (add regular table salt) with ice will work quickly. Make sure to fully submerge the wine bottle once you have the salted water and ice mixture all set. In about 10 minutes or less, your wine will be ready to enjoy. Tip – be careful not to chill for too long, as when it comes to red wine, serving it too cold will make it slightly acidic.
Jam-packed with flavour, Jam Shed wines are sourced from vineyards across South Eastern Australia, predominantly the Riverland region in South Australia. Jam Shed wines have been inspired by the prestigious Jam Shed that played an essential role in developing both jam and wine production in the region for well over 100 years. With a climate of endless sunshine, the Riverland area provides ideal conditions for ripe fruit flavours, creating juicy, mouth-watering wines with generous varietal characters.