- It's been a long winter for many different reasons, so as we settle into spring, we're embracing everything it represents, including a fresh new start. Not only does that call for lighter, more vibrant wines to share with your favourite people, but we also think it's cause for celebration.
There's no better way to do that than mix up your go-to wines and try something new. Whether that's a pinot gris, pinot noir, rosé or a regional approach on old favourite, the options below are made for the outdoors and sunshine this season.
2018 Cooks Lot Iconique Barrique Pinot Noir
This 95-point wine has supple tannins, cherries and raspberry fruit that welcome warmer days, while the subtle spice, forest floor and umami notes are ideal for the cooler nights.
2021 Corang Estate Rosé
This elegant, yet flavoursome rosé is made with tempranillo and shiraz from the Corang Estate vineyard. It displays aromatic red berries, floral notes and a long, clean finish.
2021 Murrumbateman Winery Wine Dog’s Pinot Grrr-is
The luscious bouquet shows fresh peach and ruby grapefruit, spice and subtle white flower aromas. A touch of sweetness is balanced on the palate with refreshing acidity for a long finish.
Classic combinations: Pinot noir is an incredible food wine and winemaker Duncan Cook suggests a couple of ideal classic pairings to get the most out of this wine. “A classic pairing of duck breast and cherry glaze with puy lentils paired with our pinot is a match in heaven, as is a wild mushroom ravioli with sage burnt butter sauce.”
Orange, NSW | RRP $50 | Drink to 2033 | For all details, see here.
The all-rounder: Delicious, vibrant and full flavoured, this wine is perfect for springtime. The winemaking duo behind this wine, Michael Bynon and Alex McKay, love to pair its fresh, dry, bouncy flavours with everything from barbecue to tapas as well as Asian dishes.
Southern NSW | RRP $25 | Drink to 2023 | For all details, see here.
Seafood friendly: Winemaker Bobbie Makin, who describes this wine as having the freshness of spring days and spice of warmer nights, recommends serving it with seared fresh salmon. A percentage of sales go to the RSPCA.
Murrumbateman, NSW | RRP $25 | Drink to 2030 | For all details, see here.
2021 Coppabella 2021 Tumbarumba Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
This cooler vintage delivered beautiful fruit expression, brightness and energy. It is a highly detailed wine with fresh vibrant red fruits, dark cherry and fine acid, with open and fine-grained tannins.
2019 Moppity Vineyards Estate Hilltops Shiraz
With a bright, medium-bodied palate, this 95-point shiraz is youthful, vibrant and juicy. Concentrated forest fruits are well-integrated with fine cedary oak and supported by supple, velvety tannins. Viognier provides a silky sheen to its supple texture.
A new benchmark: Winemaker Jason Brown says 2021 was their best pinot vintage to date. “We couldn’t wait to get it in the bottle in time to enjoy over spring. It's perfumed like a garden bursting with spring blossoms, with freshness and vibrancy to match.”
Tumbarumba, NSW | RRP $27 | Drink to 2030 | For all details, see here.
Maximum enjoyment: “The medium bodied palate presents an each-way bet for spring drinking,” says winemaker Jason Brown. “Enjoy it on a warm evening watching the sunset from the deck, or on a cooler night with a hearty meal by the fire.”
Hilltops, NSW | RRP $35 | Drink to 2035 | For all details, see here.
2021 Philip Shaw The Wire Walker Pinot Noir
This wine has perfumed and fragrant berry fruits on the nose, which lead to a plush palate with a depth of fruit and savoury spice. Sumptuous fruit is framed by elegant supple tannins.
The X-factor: Winemaker Daniel Shaw suggests that what sets this wine apart is all in its production. “The small addition of whole bunch adds a great subtle play to this pinot,” he says.
Orange, NSW | RRP $24 | Drink to 2030 | For all details, see here.
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.