- As the weather cools and you find yourself at home, look to wines that suit a leisurely lifestyle. Decant and enjoy these versatile styles with braised meats and autumnal dishes – or warm up by the fire and share with those you love.
- Black pepper, aniseed with lifted raspberry, roasted coffee and Indian spices on the nose. An opulent palate of typical Barossa black fruits, raspberry and dark chocolate complemented by bright acidity and a rich, supple mouthfeel.
Drinking recommendation: This minimal-intervention wine is made using wild yeasts, barrel ageing on lees, and bottling without fining or filtration. A good splash into a decanter and a glass with a nice large bowl will allow its aromatics to evolve prior to drinking. This elegant shiraz with good acidity will pair beautifully with slow-cooked braises as the cooler weather approaches.
RRP $45 | Drink to 2027 | massena.com.au
- Aromas of violet, bitter cocoa powder, bay leaf and dark cassis. The tannins are beautifully ripe and superfine. The flavours of blood plum, mulberry and cassis are intense and result in an effortlessly long, mouth-watering and rewarding experience. Medium-bodied intensity.
Drinking recommendation: A wine that evokes warm feelings of home and sitting by a crackling fire – pair with a hearty meal such as seared lamb rump with eggplant puree and whipped feta, or wood-smoked beef short ribs. Best decanted before drinking and served at room temperature.
RRP $70 | Drink to 2030 | deepwoods.wine
- The warm vintage shines through with an array of berries and a deep, dark red hue. Cherry flavours stand proudly among the usual pepper and spice of the Sanguine vineyard. This smooth, early release shiraz offers mouth-filling richness, soft tannin and a hint of oak in the background.
Drinking recommendation: Decant this shiraz for a few hours, and then enjoy it at home with a loved one – on the couch, by an open fire or with a beautifully prepared meal by candlelight. Try it alongside pasta with oxtail, celeriac and oregano ragu or beef rotolo (recipes here). Due to the closure of its cellar door, Sanguine Estate is currently offering free freight on any wine purchase (conditions apply).
RRP $25 | Drink to 2028 | sanguinewines.com.au
- This 50/50 blend has aromas of bright, fresh strawberries, ripe plums and savoury Chinese five-spice. The juicy palate features velvety dark fruits, soft herbal notes and fine, lengthy tannins.
Drinking recommendation: The combination of Yarra Valley pinot noir with King Valley gamay results in a light-bodied, aromatic red that drinks effortlessly with a platter of pate, charcuterie and goat’s cheese. For a lunch or dinner pairing, try it with a dry spiced curry or Szechuan dish with complementary aromatics – a chilled berry palate will take the edge off any heat.
RRP $25 | Drink to 2021 | innocentbystander.com.au
- This pinot noir is an exhibition of power, beauty and complexity. Luscious red and black cherry fruits intertwine with savoury spice, while fine, silky tannins showcase the wine’s inherent elegance.
Drinking recommendation: An exceptional pinot noir, perfectly placed alongside a delicately roasted Easter lamb (take inspiration from the Yering Station restaurant and plan for herbed lamb, roasted tomatoes and lettuce hearts). A case will allow you to cellar half and enjoy the rest.
RRP $40 | Drink to 2028 | yering.com
- This medium-bodied chardonnay displays white peach, pear drop and pithy grapefruit phenolics. The fine-boned structure is augmented by a lovely creamy mouthfeel derived from lees stirring. Refined and complex, the intense fruit and core of acidity combine to provide a lingering finish.
Drinking recommendation: A modern and sophisticated style of chardonnay, displaying classic Margaret River hallmarks that prove power and elegance need not be mutually exclusive. As the weather cools, pair it with warming meals such as roast pork fillet lightly marinated in soy and ginger and served with wok-tossed greens, roasted chicken stuffed with lemon and herbs with crispy roast vegetables, or pan-fried salmon with buttery lemon sauce.
RRP $40 | Drink to 2028 | xanaduwines.com
- Deep garnet in colour, this wine is generous and layered with aromatic florals and spice. Luscious red and black fruits pair perfectly with finely structured tannins and mouth-watering acidity.
Drinking recommendation: Quiet nights in call for getting cosy on the lounge with a good book and glass of red – this cool climate Victorian shiraz is the perfect wine for such an occasion. The dark berry flavours and plum aromas of the wine pair beautifully with tender red meat – think slow-roasted lamb with rosemary served with garlicky potatoes, carrots and plenty of gravy.
RRP $18 | Drink to 2023 | langi.com.au
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.