When the chillier months roll around, enjoying a glass of wine is front of mind and synonymous with winter warmers.
Wallington Wines, Bald Hill GSM 2015
This certified biodynamic wine from Wallington in Canowindra is a classic GSM – a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Savoury spice and earthy notes. Sweet red cherry and blackberry flavours and undertones of chocolate and spice. The grapes were hand picked then allowed to naturally ferment in open vats with hand plunging. After basket pressing the wine was matured in a variety of French and American oak barrels for 16 months before blending and bottling. Enjoy with a lamb dish or a wood fired pizza.
Wallington Wines, Tempranillo 2016
A gorgeous red wine from Wallington in Canowindra. Soft rounded dark cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry flavours are echoed on the medium-bodied palate, with hints of spice throughout that add complexity and a long silky finish. Enjoy with a Spanish paella or lots of tapas (extra chorizos).
Dreaded Friend, Cabernet Franc 2018
This luscious, seductive and expansive organic wine is from Dreaded Friend in Canowindra. Bright vibrant dark berry fruits with black cherry and peppercorn on the palate. Medium bodied with velvet tannins. Best served with light red meat such as veal rib roast.
Wallington Wines, Bald Hill GSM 2018
This certified biodynamic wine from Wallington in Canowindra is a classic GSM – a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Savoury spice and earthy notes. Sweet red cherry and blackberry flavours and undertones of chocolate and spice. The grapes were hand picked then allowed to naturally ferment in open vats with hand plunging. Enjoy with a lamb dish or heat up a wood fired pizza.
The Somm & The Winemaker, Mourvedre 2019
A true sense (and taste) of Orange born and bred shines through with this new addition Mourvèdre. Made by long-time local best mates Nadja (Winemaker at Chalou Wines, Wallington Wines) and Louella (Head Sommelier at Bibo Wine Bar in Sydney), this alluring variety brought the two friends together once again to produce a wine of passion, place, and memories. Note: I have yet to open this special gift from Nadja, however, it will be available soon directly and from Bibo Wine Bar.
Dreaded Friend, Grenache 2019
This certified biodynamic wine from Dreaded Friend in Canowindra is wonderful perfumed red berry fruits with a touch of spice. Light bodied with soft juicy tannins. Winemaker Steve Mobbs – selected in the Top 50 Young Guns of Wines – heads up Wallington Wines. Enjoy with gamy meats such as duck or kangaroo with some fennel and an orange salad.
Young & Co, The Jam Shiraz
Boasting glorious flavour and attitude, this McLaren Vale Shiraz brings to life exactly what’s on the bottle. In this case it’s the enticing flavour of blackberry and plum that sings across the palate for this wine. Has lush flavours of blackberry and dark plum, accompanied by a playful hint of sweet oak and spice. It glistens in tones of deep ruby red and greets you with the scents of fruit mocha and spice. Perfect with lamb shanks or a hearty vegetable stew.
The Group, The Murder Shiraz
The Group harnesses the collective skills, quality, and expertise of around 100 grape growers and their families to deliver a range of full-flavoured, quality wines. The wines from The Group are made in McLaren Vale, one of the well-known wine regions that create world-renowned Shiraz. Rich and spicy on the palate, ripe graphite-like tannins add complexity as does a slightly savoury, meaty note. Nothing pairs better with this wine than a juicy beef burger or BBQ ribs.
Nick Spencer Medium Dry Red 2019
Inspired by the Australian ‘Clarets’ of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The Medium Red Blend pays homage to the Classic Australian Red Blend, Shiraz and Cabernet. Remarkable lifted floral nose with iron filings, blue and black fruits aniseed and chocolate. The palate has a lovely crunch of acidity with an almost cranberry like character. Perfectly paired with a meaty pithivier (a traditional French pie).
Jam Shed Red Blend
This Red Blend is velvety with ripe blackcurrants and vanilla spices. Tastes like berries, liquorices and goes with hard cheese like Grana Padano, Gruyère, or a Manchego, and perhaps venison or a nice juicy beef steak.
Madam Sass Pinot Noir
This enticing Pinot Noir is full of attitude, style and extravagance. Aromas of decadent spice and sweet cherry. Deep, bright ruby, it is full-bodied and fruit-packed, plum and spice flavours. A generous red with lots of youthful impact.