It’s getting kind of cold right. Those biting winter nights are finally starting to settle in and we’re all looking for those hearty warmer winter reds.
We’ve put together a tight little list of our favourites for this season.
2019 THE OTHER RIGHT 'UNFURL' SHIRAZ (click here)
Alex and Galit are probably the happiest people you’ll ever meet. They’re concocting their potions out of their shed in Adelaide, but sourcing grapes from around the hills and McLaren Vale. The Unfurl is stylish, elegant but extremely juicy. Don’t think big bold structured Shiraz. Think fruit forward, blackberry and cherry fun. $36
2018 SASSAFRAS SALITA SAGRANTINO (click here)
Catapulting into the wine lime light after featuring on the wine list at Noma’s pop-up in 2016, Paul Starr’s Canberra based operation not only produces one of the best ancestral method sparkling in the country, but some pretty easy-going and light-hearted table wines. The Sagrantino is silky smooth, spice and splashes around your tongue with cherry bomb and cocoa. It’s a great entry-level natural red and won’t set you back much. $29
2019 CANTINA CARUSSIN 'ASINOI' BARBERA BAG & BOX 3L (click here)
Cantina Carussin is more than just a winemaker. The vineyards are spread across four little commune of four villages, with donkeys, beer brewing, sprouts and hemp production all part of daily life. Bruna Ferro, the winemaker, is obsessed with biodynamics and refuses to do much with the wine in the cellar. The Asinoi Barbera is like a big hot water bottle for your belly. Prune and cherry scents and taste. Energetic and earthy. Pizza, pasta or any meat would be the vibe. There is also the bottled version online if 3L ruins your dry July. $65
This is the ultimate winter table wine. Also works well chilled in the warmer months. Raspberries and earthy cranberry clove. Good intensity and balance and very very drinkable. Friendly, easy, approachable and just down right delicious. A blend of Barbera (65%) and equal amounts of Freisa, Dolcetto, and Grignolino. Get onboard to box wine.
NV JILLY WINES ‘BOLIVIA’ FIELD BLEND (click here)
Bolivia? No Jared Dixon is not importing from South America lol. There is a little town in New South Wales named by the first European settlers in 1840 as Bolivia and hence the name of this number. The wine is epic value for the price. Light, crispy, crunchy. Literally everything you want in a chilled red. Subtle hints of goji berries, mulberries, charcuterie and meats. Made from a multi-vintage and many varieties (Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot), where everything is dry-grown organically. Chill it very lightly. $30
2018 CANTINA GIARDINO 'SOPHIA' GRECO (click here)
In the rolling hills of Campania, Antonio and Daniela de Gruttola have been making incredible natural wines (no additions at all and all organic/biodynamic) for quite a while now. One of the pioneers in Italy. This skin-contact Greco will elevate your orange wine game. It spends a ridiculous six months on skins in a small amphora before being aged in chestnut casks. Rich, saline and amber stone-fruits. A lot of tannins, floral and citrus but still light and delicate. A grippy orange like this is perfect to pair with a rich winter meal if you’re not looking for a sleepy red. $63