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The Tasting Panel's Best Wines for this Winter

Wondering what wines to you should be drinking over the winter months? Don’t be at a loss – with the help of our expert Tasting Panel, we’ve put together our latest list of delicious Aussie wines to help you take the chill off and entertain in style.

From winter-perfect Chardonnay and fabulously versatile Fiano, to exciting new varietals like Mencia and classic Cabernet – winter is guaranteed to be filled with glass after glass of top-quality Australian wines.

Whatever your tastes, 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.

Read on for our best wines for winter 2022.



Hungerford Hill Clasic Series Fiano 2021

Why is this wine great for winter?

“To me, the Hungerford Hill Classic Series Fiano 2021 is a wine that perfectly suits the shoulder season. Its acidity makes it a refreshing drink under the autumn sun, yet it has enough weight and power to consume with richer food in the winter months.”

Tasting Notes:

Appears vibrant straw in the glass with a green freshness and aromas of sea spray, lime zest, white peach and wet rock. It’s elegant yet full-flavoured with floral notes combining with pear and white peach, with saline minerality, mouth-watering acidity and a long, precise finish.

Food Pairings:

Not matter what season, Fiano is a superb match with seafood, or try it with rich, creamy and hearty winter rice or pasta dishes like Alessandro Pavoni's risotto alla Milanese.

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Wangolina Mencia 2021

Why is this wine great for Winter?

“The Mencia grape variety hails from Spain’s Iberian Peninsula, and it makes wines that are similar in weight to Pinot Noir and Grenache. It is a newer variety in Australia, but the early results are very exciting. The Wangolina Mencia 2021 is great wine to share with friends on a wintery afternoon by the fire enjoying endless tapas.”

Tasting Notes:

Mid crimson purple in the glass with intense aromas of wild flowers, dark berries and iodine. A beautiful, easy-drinking Euro-style featuring spiced plum and dark berries with an open-knit, long and juicy palate texture.

Food Pairing:

Like any Spanish wine, this Mencia is fantastic served with shared tapas plates like Javier Codina's coca with escalibada, olives and aged Manchego.

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First Creek Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2019

Why is this wine great for Winter?

“For me, the First Creek Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2019 is a quintessential modern Australian Chardonnay. It’s made by Liz Silkman who is one of the top five Chardonnay winemakers in the country. Great cool weather drinking, it’s full flavoured, but balanced, and restrained in all the right ways and pairs exceptionally well with a load of winter dishes.”

Tasting Notes:

A lovely lemon yellow in the glass with fresh and perfumed aromas of grapefruit, almond meal, oyster shell and toasty oak. The palate is youthful and bright with a ripe mix of stone fruit and citrus with touches of sea spray and marzipan, crisp acidity and a long, powerful finish.

Food Pairing:

Perfect with an all-time winter favourites like fish pie with leek, roast chicken, and creamy pasta dishes.

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The Little Wine Company Shiraz Tempranillo 2018

Why is this wine great for Winter?

“The Little Wine Company Shiraz Tempranillo 2018 is a great example of what the Hunter Valley can do in terms of blending its delicious mid-weight Shiraz with quality alternative varietals. It’s an excellent red blend with a wonderful balance of fruitiness and savouriness that pairs so well with delicious winter dishes like paella.”

Tasting Note:

Deep, dark red in the glass with aromas of plum and blueberry with fresh vanillin oak.
The palate delivers a sweet blue and black fruit entry with plenty of spicy oak, jubey confectionary, and cola and pepper notes to finish. It’s very flavoursome with good depth and persistence.

Food Pairing:

Tempranillo is a Spanish varietal, so it makes perfect sense to pair this beautiful blend with Spanish dishes like a prawn and saffron paella. It’s also delicious with chorizo, and Mexican dishes like tacos.

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Rutherglen Estate Renaissance Viognier Roussanne Marsanne 2019

Why is this wine great for Winter?

“Winter and its chill calls for wines that offer comfort. We swap unoaked and energetic whites for those with flavour intensity, power and textural weight. The Rutherglen Estate Renaissance Viognier Roussanne Marsanne 2019 is inspired by the white wines of France’s Rhone Valley and wowed the Tasting Panel. A simply sensational wine, it can be enjoyed on its own or with warming comfort food. Don’t serve too chilled – allow the wine to showcase all of its elements.”

Tasting Note:

Bright mid lemon in the glass with very ripe peach, honeysuckle, almond and cream biscuit aromas. This is a powerful example of the style with masses of stone fruit and citrus, ginger and honeycomb notes, silken texture, supple acidity and a deliciously creamy finish.

Food Pairing:

A beautifully textural blend, this wine is a sensational match for richer seafood dishes like Anjum Anands coastal crab and coconut curry.

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Lambrook Seed Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Why is this wine great for Winter?

“Australian Cabernet has never been better. Modern examples like the Lambrook Seed Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 offer easy drinking in their youth without sacrificing the fruit power and tannin grip that are signatures of the variety. Saying this, it is a variety that offers unrivalled enjoyment in the cooler months because of that intense black fruit flavour core and its long lingering tannin.”

Tasting Note:

Deep purple to black in the glass with intense aromas of blackcurrant jube, white pepper and toasty oak. It’s a lovely Cabernet expression, with a generous mix of black and purple fruit, deep yet fine tannins, charry oak and fresh acidity driving the intense finish.

Food Match:

A perfect choice to serve with rich, and crowd-pleasing meat dishes like osso bucco with creamy parmesan polenta.

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If you’re entertaining over winter, make sure to try some of the above recommendations, plus find even more delicious matches with our guide to winter recipes and their perfect wine pairings.

Here’s cheers to a winter filled with fabulous food and wonderful wines.

Published on
6 Jun 2022


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