Go-To Winter Wines
Stoke the fire and pull out your winter woollies, because it’s that time of year again. That’s right, winter isn’t just coming, she’s well and truly arrived and she’s brought all her favourite flavours with her. Think bold Barossa reds, fantastical Fianos, captivating Cabernets, the list goes on. And after all, is there any other season that invites, no no, demands getting cosy with a glorious glass of wine? We think not.
However, if you happen to need some convincing, we’ve talked to our expert Tasting Panel – comprised of winemakers, international wine show judges and wine educators – to get the low-down on their go-to wines during the colder months.
For Adam Walls, it’s all about the alternative varieties. From Malbec to Marsanne, these varieties have been steadily gaining popularity with Australian punters, though as far as Adam is concerned, it’s hard to beat a Tempranillo when the temperature starts to drop.
“Tempranillo is a great option in winter,” says Adam. “It’s easy drinking, with a depth of black fruit flavour. Tempranillo has a backbone of tannin that injects body and richness into the wine, along with hints of spice and tea leaf, which combined, make it a very versatile food accompaniment.”
Adam continues, “You can pair a Tempranillo with everything from tapas, to Mexican – even a spicy seafood dish – which is why I always make sure I’ve got a few bottles on hand during winter.”
Dave Mavor has been a fan of Fiano for some time now. As he explains, “A lot of people opt for red during winter, but Fiano is known for its full-bodied profile and intense fruity makeup, so you’re not going to miss out on any richness by going with it. With every mouthful comes a strong hit of stonefruit, honey and citrus flavours.”
“It’s also a textural variety. This adds an additional depth to the wine that you don’t always get with whites. In winter, I love to enjoy a Fiano with a rich creamy pasta like carbonara – it always hits the spot!” adds Dave.
“In winter, we look for wines that give comfort and a GSM is hard to beat in that department,” says Trent Mannell. “The beauty of Grenache is that it gives a silken texture, which makes it so easy to sip. Add Shiraz and Mataro (mourvedre) and you get extra fruit weight and tannin depth – making GSM a smooth, yet rich red wine.”
“The three varieties are also loaded with spice – sweet and savoury – reminiscent of mulled wine. For the ultimate in comfort eating and drinking in winter, I love nothing more than enjoying a glass of GSM with slow-cooked lamb shanks.”
So there you have it. Almost anything goes when it comes to drinking wine in winter. So long as it soothes your soul in some way, you’re heading in the right direction. For more winter wine inspiration and some really great deals, be sure to check out our Winter Winederland catalogue.