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Whilst we believe every season is wine season, certain wines lend themselves to specific months of the year, particularly as what we eat tends to change with the weather and is often based on the fresh produce that is available.
The most obvious transition as the weather starts to cool is from white to red, however there are no hard and fast rules around what to drink and when. Although the most obvious, colour is not the only consideration in drinking seasonally. In fact, many winter dishes call for white wines with a balance of fruit and palate-cleansing acidity to cut through the richness. Style, texture and weight all play an important role when choosing a wine, as of course does the food, mood and occasion.
We’ve selected some wines which we believe are particularly enjoyable during the autumn months so if you’re ready to switch your chilled Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc for some cooler weather wines, please read on.
Here are our top six wines to try this autumn, along with some food pairing inspiration.
With Frose all the rage, its easy to overlook just how well-suited Rosés are for enjoying during the cooler months. Offering the fruitiness of a white combined with the structure of a red, it can be the perfect transition from summery whites.
This is a juicy rosé fresh and vibrant in style with lovely fruit flavours of strawberry and rhubarb capped off with a crisp, refreshing finish. Pair with baked salmon or a warm roasted vegetable salad using fresh seasonal ingredients.
Celebrate the changing colours of autumn with a glass of Pinot Noir. Peter Lehmann Pinot Noir is an elegant cool climate wine displaying rustic aromas of sweet spice, red cherries and a forest floor earthiness. The palate is ripe and juicy, offering an array of bright red fruits finishing and balanced acidity.
This versatile wine is perfect for pairing with food as it goes well with so many dishes. Commonly known for enjoying with duck and salmon but it makes fine friends with wood fired pizza and Charcuterie. Vegetarians can also rejoice as it is delicious alongside an array of vegetable dishes, particularly mushroom risotto and grilled eggplant. What’s not to love?
For those who chose not to drink red wine, there are plenty of winter-appropriate white wine options and Chardonnay is one such varietal.
Brand’s Laira Chardonnay has ripe melon and stone fruit flavours accompanied by creamy nutty oak characters which perfectly accent the richness and flavours of cold-weather favourites such as homemade macaroni and cheese, chicken in a creamy mustard sauce or roasted vegetable risotto.
Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling — named after chief winemaker Andrew Wigan — is aged in the bottle for five years before being released, which gives it toasty notes. The layers of texture and flavour make it a great partner to a good roast chicken with lemon and sage stuffing. Riesling makes the perfect accompaniment to spicy food; Indian and Asian spices are a natural pairing.
This indulgent, sparkling Shiraz is a perfect celebration wine during the cooler months. It’s regal red in colour and boasts bold flavours of ripe plums and dark chocolate. Best enjoyed chilled, it matches beautifully with smoked oysters or a delicious roast turkey. And here’s a little wine trivia to share with friends and family as you toast – Black Queen is named after the Queen of Sheba who, like the wine, was a woman of great richness, power and beauty.
As autumn gets underway and the nights draw in you may find you’re drawn to heavier red wines and comfort food, Shiraz is a classical varietal that won’t disappoint. The Brand’s Laira Blockers Shiraz from Coonawarra offers a plush flavours of red plum, raspberry fruits and spice with vanilla oak, combined with fine grained tannins and a lovely long and lingering finish. The palate is of medium weight with an elegant structure and lingering fruit flavours, making it the perfect guest at the final few barbeques of the season.
As the leaves turn to shades of rich red and golden brown, so should what’s in your glass. Cosy up around the first fireside of the season with a glass of Morris Classic Liqueur Muscat. Sweet, yet fresh and bright with flavours of dried fruits, chocolate and burnt toffee it is the perfect way to bring a warm glow to a dark chilly evening.