Wine Lists

Wines for warmer weather

By Halliday Promotion

15 Jan, 2021

BBQs, beachside or on the picnic rug – consider this your guide to summer's best drops.

Warm weather calls for sun-soaked alfresco dining and refreshing wines to match. If you're looking for a crisp aperitif or food-friendly style to pair with your favourite summer dishes, try the below food and wine recommendations – straight from the winemakers themselves. 

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2020 O’Leary Walker Nero d’Avola
Bright red with a rich purple hue. Intense and juicy flavours of raspberry and blueberry fruit with undertones of sweet spice, followed by a soft, silky texture of elegant tannins carrying to a lingering finish.

Winemakers Jack Walker and Luke Broadbent say: "With a vibrancy to match the warmer months, our nero d’avola is bursting with juicy berries, making it the perfect summer style for red wine lovers. We love to crack open a bottle a balmy night with close friends and family, paired with meat straight off the barbecue or a fresh wood oven pizza – it’s a guaranteed hit all by itself, too."

RRP $28 | Drink to 2026 | olearywalkerwines.com

2020 Forester Estate Rosé
Clean and bright aromas of strawberries, cream, dried flowers and cranberry followed by a light and long palate with a soft, creamy texture. A delicate rosé with underlying complexity.

Winemaker Kevin McKay says: "The Forester Rosé is perfectly suited to the warmer season and encompasses everything about the Margaret River summer lifestyle – relaxed, casual, easy and fun. Best enjoyed with good company and served chilled on its own or with summer salads, cheeses, cured meats or a barbecue."

RRP $24 | Drink to 2023 | foresterestate.com.au

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2020 Pepper Tree Limited Release Coonawarra Rosé
A refreshing crisp style made from merlot grapes off Pepper Tree’s Coonawarra vineyard. Bright fruit notes of guava, strawberry and raspberry that fill the palate with a lively sherbet like acid line.

Head Winemaker Gwyn Olsen says: "Light dry rosé has taken Australia by storm because it is crisp and delicious. At Pepper Tree, we focus on making a light, dry and refreshing rosé with vibrant fruit expression and savoury texture. This wine is perfect for celebrating any occasion – especially during our warm Aussie summers."

RRP $30 | Drink to 2022 | peppertreewines.com.au

2020 Boydell’s Estate Verdelho
A light, refreshing wine with lively tropical and citrus fruit aromatics, leading onto a palate with refreshing crispness suited to seafood and long lunches on balmy summer days.

Vigneron Daniel Maroulis says: "There is nothing better than a crisp, refreshing white wine on a balmy summer day. The Boydell’s Estate Verdelho is a versatile wine in the warmer months and delicious at a picnic or as a sundowner in warmer weather. Serve chilled in a large wine glass, matched with fresh seafood dishes." 

RRP $25 | Drink to 2022 | boydells.com.au

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2019 Mckellar Ridge Merlot Cabernet Franc
Juicy red fruit flavours of fresh cherry, plum and raspberry, integrated with soft tannins, vanilla and clove spice finish.

Winemakers John and Marina Sekoranja say: "This medium-bodied red is our go-to wine for alfresco dining on a balmy night. A perfect picnic wine to accompany gourmet platters of charcuterie, cheese and salads or serve with barbecue skewers, rosemary smashed potatoes and roasted vine tomatoes. The bright fruit and cedar spice lingers well beyond the last drop."

RRP $35 | Drink to 2030 | mckellarridgewines.com.au

2020 Matriarch & Rogue 'Bob' Clare Valley Single Vineyard Fiano
A full-bodied and balanced wine with aromatics of crushed pineapple, mandarin and fresh garden herbs. A soft, textural mouthfeel with subtle waxy and honey characters is lifted by mouth-watering natural acid. 

Winemaker Marnie Roberts says: "This wine is basically sunshine in a glass. From fruit on the vine that loves to bask in the sun, to chilled wine in a glass that is best enjoyed on a summer's day, Fiano is the easy fall-back wine that will compliment any occasion, be it a barbecue, beach time or couch chilling. Enjoy slightly chilled with a charcuterie platter, some fresh seafood or a classic sausage in bread."

RRP $28 | Drink to 2025 | matriarchandrogue.com.au

2020 Hollydene Holly Sparkling Rosé
Vibrant pink in colour with distinctive aromas of strawberries and cream that lead into a burst of sweet juicy berries mixed with a subtle hint of Turkish Delight on the palate. Finished with an eruption of refreshing citrus flavours.

Winemaker Karen Williams says: "40% shiraz, 60% semillon, the Hollydene Sparkling Rosé is a perfect blend of two of the Upper Hunter Valley’s signature grape varieties. This dry sparkling wine is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of tasting plates, salads and cheese platters shared with friends on a long lazy summer afternoons. Serve cold, straight from the fridge."

RRP $27 | Drink to 2023 | hollydeneestate.com.au

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2020 Longview Fresco
Inspired by young, unwooded Italian table wines, this blend features aromas of nebbiolo cherry, pinot strawberry and barbera blackberry. Fresh picked cherry flavours on the palate, underpinned with minerality and a bracing, fresh acidity.

Winemaker Pete Saturno says: "Our Fresco blend has been made with summer and warm weather in mind. The nebbiolo is taken off skins during fermentation so the tannin is softer, the pinot noir is picked early for freshness and the barbera gives the wine a bright acid profile. Pair it slightly chilled with pizza, pasta, or anything barbecued."

RRP $26 | Drink to 2028 | longviewvineyard.com.au

2020 Yangarra Estate Vineyards Blanc
The result of years of research and quarantine of the best white varieties, the 2020 Blanc has wonderful concentration of flavour, retention of natural acidity and brightness of fruit – but above all, it has a beautiful finesse and balanced tannins.

Winemaker Peter Fraser says: "Our Blanc blend has a nice balance of zesty freshness, subtle fruit characteristics and varietal hallmarks of crunchiness you might associate with citrus pith. It’s a really refreshing style that has been my go-to wine for beach holidays – I can attest first hand to it being a perfect match with lightly panko crumbed calamari."

RRP $27 | Drink to 2022 | yangarra.com

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2019 Trimboli Saverio Vermentino
Light green, with silvery tinges. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus and crushed fresh apple lead into a almost-dry, crisp palate of ripe fruit flavours.

Winemaker Salvatore Trimboli says: "Saverio is a name which runs through many generations of the Trimboli family. The wines under the Trimboli brand all speak of Europe’s great family of grape varieties – we were one of the first in NSW to plant the vermentino variety. The Saverio Vermentino is a crisp and fresh style, delicious on its own or with balsamic steak salad."

RRP $24 | Drink to 2022 | trimbolifamilywines.com

2020 Dhiaga Hopscato
Pale straw with yellow hints; hop and muscat aromas of coriander seed, lavender oil, dried herb, dragonfruit and orange peel. This softly sparkling wine has a creamy mouthfeel and a palate of crisp lime and herbal flavours leading to a dry finish.

Co-Owner Joyce Clery says: "Hopscato satisfies those looking for the hoppiness of a craft IPA, but with the finesse of a bone-dry Moscato during long, hot summer days. Enjoy it chilled in a flute paired with a double baked cheese soufflé or cloudy in a tumbler with barbecued meats."

RRP $24 | Drink to 2022 | dhiagawines.com.au

This article was produced in partnership with the featured wineries.