New spring wines you simply must try
Spring returns once more, presenting once again the perfect opportunity for wine lovers of all persuasions to embrace everything the season has to offer – and perhaps discover new delights in the process!
Indeed, Australia’s winemaking scene has never felt more alive, with tantalising new varietals and styles becoming more and more visible on the shelves, and of a higher quality than ever before.
FIND YOUR NEW FAVOURITE STYLE OR VARIETAL THIS SEASON
Perfectly suited to the Australian climate and positively bursting with flavour, these so called ‘new wave’ or alternative wines are finding favour with discerning wine lovers everywhere for their nuanced characters and versatility with food, offering a dazzling array of options to tantalise the tastebuds.
From refreshing, flavoursome whites to robust reds you can’t help but relish, many of these wines share similar qualities to the varietals you already know and love. Read on, to find your new favourite…
FOR LOVERS OF CHARDONNAY… TRY MARSANNE ROUSSANNE
Australia’s love affair with Chardonnay has had its ups and downs, but with modern Chardonnay striking a fine balance between the elegance demanded by contemporary tastes and our fondness for the plush, luscious characters of classic, fuller-bodied expressions, people just keep coming back to its honeyed charms.
We suspect lovers of Chardonnay will find much to appreciate in a good Marsanne Roussanne blend. These two Rhône Valley varieties go together like a dream, with Marsanne imparting a full-bodied, minerally texture, and the Roussanne serving up aromatic elements of pear and honeysuckle to create a beautifully mouth-watering white.
Sharing many of Chardonnays stonefruit, citrus and nougat characters, it’s a perfect wine to unwind with on those shining spring afternoons! Try it for yourself with our Chardonnay Radiance Dozen, featuring a BONUS bottle of Meerea Park Indie Marsanne Roussane 2019, valued at $30 RRP.
Buy Chardonnay Radiance + BONUS Marsanne Roussanne today
FOR LOVERS OF SAUVIGNON BLANC… TRY CHENIN BLANC
Sauvignon Blanc’s zippy, tropical fruit characters make it one of Australia’s most popular white wines when it comes to simple refreshment, and few wine states do it so well as Western Australia.
For those who appreciate its distinct charms are sure to equally adore the fruity palate offered up by Chenin Blanc. From its home in France’s Loire Valley, it has found particular favour in New World wine countries like South Africa, and is slowly but surely making a name for itself here in Australia for its approachability and bright acidity.
Offering up similar citrus and tropical fruit appeal and green herb notes as its fellow Blanc, Chenin Blanc makes a great addition to any long lunch in the sun. Try it for yourself with our Sauvignon Blanc WA Budbursts Dozen, featuring a BONUS bottle of Dowie Doole Chenin Blanc 2019, valued at $25 RRP.
Buy Sauvignon Blanc WA Budbursts + BONUS Chenin Blanc today
FOR LOVERS OF PINOT G… TRY PIQUEPOUL BLANC
Celebrated for its dry, somewhat savoury yet fruit-kissed flavours, Pinot G – whether in its light, crisp Grigio incarnation or its more lushly textured Gris variant – has made a big impression on white wine lovers here in Australia, particularly when served with food.
Its crisp acidity and lemony sea-spray flavours are largely paralleled by Piquepoul Blanc, which gets its name from the French phrase for ‘sting on the lips’. Originating in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France, it’s an uncommon varietal here in Australia, but one we think deserves much more attention for its taut, tangy flavours.
With its herbal and citrus aromas, Piquepoul Blanc is sure to be a conversation-starter at your next spring occasion. Try it for yourself with our Pinot G Gorgeousness Dozen, featuring a BONUS bottle of Borrowed Cuttings Piquepoul Blanc 2018, valued at $25 RRP.
Buy Pinot G Gorgeousness + BONUS Piquepoul Blanc today
FOR LOVERS OF FRENCH-STYLE ROSÉ… TRY ROSATO
There’s no mistaking the enchanting charms of French-style Rosé. Dry and refreshing with a fragrant and elegant fruit lift, its spellbinding salmon pink colour is sure to be seen in many wine glasses this spring.
Rosato is Rosé in all but name, and is the Italian variant of the style. Indeed, the word Rosato means pink in Italian, and such wines share all those beautiful watermelon, red cherry and white pepper characters so beloved by fans of this popular tipple.
So when it comes to serving up a bellissimo accompaniment to an eccellente antipasto, look no further than a good Rosato/Rosé combination. Try it for yourself with our Rosé Resplendence Dozen, featuring a BONUS bottle of Crittenden Estate Pinocchio Rosato 2019, valued at $26 RRP.
Buy Rosé Resplendence + BONUS Rosato today
FOR LOVERS OF CABERNET SAUVIGNON… TRY MALBEC
Captivating in its power and class, Cabernet continues to be one of Australia’s most cherished red wines, particularly those examples hailing from such iconic regions as Margaret River and Coonawarra.
If you’re a lover of Cabernet, Malbec’s dark magic is sure to enchant you. Loaded with comparable blackcurrant, violet and dark chocolate flavours, Malbec has historically been one of the great Bordeaux blending grapes, but is making waves these days on its own.
So fire up the grill and get the big guns out with a Cabernet and Malbec one-two this spring, for a hearty afternoon barbeque session. Try it yourself with our Cabernet Cornucopia Dozen, featuring a BONUS bottle of Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2019, valued at $23 RRP.
Buy Cabernet Cornucopia + BONUS Malbec today
FOR LOVERS OF PINOT NOIR… TRY NEBBIOLO
To its most devoted fans, Pinot Noir may well be the perfect red wine. Celebrated around the world for its supple texture, fruit flavours and earthy undercurrents, few red wines can match its almost otherworldly charm.
Few wines, that is, except Nebbiolo. Another darling from the Piedmont region of Italy, most notably Barolo, it’s a beautifully aromatic wine positively brimming with dark cherry, pot pourri and white mushroom characters… everything, in other words, that you know and love about Pinot.
A sheer delight with earthy dishes containing mushroom, as well as anything featuring root veggies, Nebbiolo is one wine it’s hard to say no to. Try it for yourself in our Pinot Noir Pretties Dozen, featuring a BONUS bottle of Bimbadgen Nebbiolo 2018, valued at $33 RRP.
Buy Pinot Noir Pretties + BONUS Nebbiolo today
FOR LOVERS OF GRENACHE… TRY CARIGNAN
Australia has a solid claim to being one of the world’s greatest Grenache producers, with many of the world’s oldest, continually-producing Grenache vines to be found across wine regions like McLaren Vale and the Barossa.
Discerning drinkers who really ‘get’ Grenache should certainly give Carignan a crack. Spanish in origin and filled with raspberry, cranberry and dried herb flavours that are comparable to those of Grenache, its balanced flavour profile makes it a fantastic food wine.
Simply beautiful with richer poultry dishes like duck, as well as Moroccan-spiced salads, this is one wine that should certainly be on your radar this spring. Try it for yourself in our Grenache Grandeur Dozen, featuring a BONUS bottle of Hither & Yon Carignan 2020, valued at $33 RRP.
Buy Grenache Grandeur + BONUS Carignan today
FIND YOUR NEW FAVOURITE WITH WINE SELECTORS
You’ll find all these great packs and more in our latest spring catalogue, Harvest. It’s great showcase of the diversity and quality of Australian wine, with boundless varietals and bonuses to explore and enjoy. What’s your latest wine discovery? Tag us on Facebook or Instagram @wineselectors to share your latest find, and remember to #pickaustralianwine!