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Tasting Panel's best wines for winter 2023

Best Winter Wines According to Wine Experts

Wondering what should be on your best wines for winter list? To help you out, our expert Tasting Panel has suggested some of their current personal favourites for a winter of wonderful Australian wines guaranteed to take the chill off and have you entertaining in style.

Whatever your preference, there’s sure to be something you’ll love among these taste sensations hand-picked by our Wine Selectors Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Adam Walls, and Panellists Will Figueira and Dave Mavor.

From winter-perfect Chardonnay to Australia’s number one red, Shiraz, and of course Cabernet Sauvignon, here is a small sample of the best wines for winter 2023 that you should try.



Adam Wall's winter wine picks for 2023


Why is this a great white wine for winter?

“One of the trends in Australian white wine at the moment, is the move towards textural white wines. This Viognier Roussanne Marsanne blend pays homage to the white wines of France’s Rhône Valley which are known for their textural depth, weight, and flavour intensity – all of the elements that pair well with winter comfort food.”

Tasting Notes:

Mid-lemon colour in the glass. Opens with exotic, perfumed aromas of apricot, ginger, nougat, and oak spice. A full-bodied, complex, and powerful expression, with a bright yet deep core of stonefruit, silken texture, touches of nut praline and brioche, and a powerful finish.

Food Pairings:

A beautifully textural blend, this wine is a sensational match for richer seafood dishes like Anjum Anands coastal crab and coconut curry that is sure to warm the cockles of your heart. Chicken dishes like a Kapitan-style chicken curry are also captivating choices.

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Why is this a great red wine for Winter?

“If there is ever a perfect season to drink Cabernet, it has to be winter. The 2019 vintage in Coonawarra was nothing short of superb and sixth generation Brand family member Sam is one of the region’s brightest stars.”

Tasting Notes:

Deep, dark red in the glass with dark berry fruit, cedar, and camphor on the nose. The palate is deeply, dense and concentrated with a rich black fruit core, background earth, spice, clove, prune and fruit and nut chocolate notes, muscular tannins, and plenty of savoury oak.

Food Pairing:

Like most Coonawarra Cabernets, this expression is fantastic served with rich and warming lamb dishes like Lyndey Milan's Lamb Pie.

For something a little more exotic try North African lamb shanks with quince and Israeli cous cous.

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Will Figueira's winter wine picks 2023


Why is this a great white wine for Winter?

“Chardonnay is always a classic favourite autumn, winter, spring or summer. This expression comes from a new producer to the region and was crafted using premium fruit from the old Pooles Rock vineyard site in the Hunter Valley sub-region of Broke Fordwich.”

Tasting Notes:

Very pale with green freshness. A delicate nose of citrus, stonefruit, spice and grilled nuts. The palate is light and crisp with attractive freshness, silken texture, crisp acidity driving the core of peach, pear and melon. Pure and fresh with good length.

Food Pairing:

Not matter what season, Chardonnay is superb served with chicken dishes. On a cold winter’s night, enjoy it with a comforting favourite like Lyndey Milan’s Family Chicken Pie. If the occasion calls for something a little fancier, roast chicken with gnocchi and mushrooms is a delicious match.

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Why is this a great red wine for Winter?

“There is a good reason this wine won a Trophy at the 2022 Hunter Valley Wine Show. Exclusive to Wine Selectors, it’s a mid-weight Hunter Valley expression that is easy-drinking and will pair with a great range of delicious winter dishes.”

Tasting Note:

Deep ruby red in the glass with aromas of liquorice, blueberry, plum, Italian bitters, and toasty oak. The palate is ripe, juicy, and vibrant, bordering on Joven-in-style, with a pretty mix of red and blue fruit, fine tannins, tight acidity, and a beautifully balanced finish.

Food Pairing:

This Shiraz begs to be enjoyed with flavoursome dishes like veal osso buco with crispy capers. For another great winter favourite, fillet of beef-burgundy style, never fails to impress.

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Dave's winter wine picks 2023


Why is this a great white wine for Winter?

“Clare Valley Riesling is one of the best value wines in Australia, if not, the world. It always delivers, and this wine is special, with nice mid-term cellaring potential’.

Tasting Note:

Pale and bright in the glass with a green fleck. Opens with pretty aromas of lime, green apple, slate and frangipani. The palate delivers a lively and vibrant entry of expressive citrus and white peach, elegant frame, mouth-watering acidity, and a dry, precise finish.

Food Pairing:

Not all food enjoyed in winter needs to be huge, hearty, and heavy. Savour the aromatic characters of this Riesling with dishes like traditional prawn pad ThaiWok-fried barramundi in Asian broth is another beautiful choice to pair this varietal.

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Why is this a great red wine for Winter?

“The Barossa Valley makes Australia’s most sought-after style of Shiraz. One that has power and fruit intensity that offers plenty of comfort from the cold weather. The 2021 vintage provided almost perfect growing conditions which the Zerk sisters took full advantage of to craft a wine with power, but also one with a lot of grace and polish.”

Tasting Note:

Opaque crimson purple in the glass. Powerful aromas of prune, blackberry, spearmint and bergamot. Intense rich black fruit power combining prune and cola, with terrifically dense black cherry concentration, immense tannins, and plenty of toasty oak. A monster!

Food Match:

Go big on flavour with this Shiraz. Savour it with deliciously rich dishes like Korean BBQ beef short ribs. Take dinner to another level with an on-point pairing of beef cheeks in Baharat spice with roasted brussels sprouts and soft polenta.

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Whether you’re entertaining over winter, or simply looking for new wines to enjoy,  make sure to try some these best wines for winter recommendations by Adam, Will and Dave. Plus, you can find even more delicious matches with our guide to winter recipes and their perfect wine pairings.

So, rug up and get ready for a season filled with fabulous food and wonderful winter wines.

Published on
8 Jun 2023


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