Wine Lists

Wines for the Easter long weekend

By Halliday Promotion

31 Mar, 2021

Pair these wines with leisurely long-weekend activities – and plenty of Easter eggs.

    The Easter long weekend is for long, decadent lunches with family friends, picnics with autumnal backgrounds and crisp, fire-side evenings. For a wine to suit the season – complete with suggested Easter food pairings – find the following list of diverse and new release styles below.

    2017 Peccavi Cabernet Sauvignon
    Deep aromas of red and black fruits on the nose including cassis, blackberries, blueberries and black plums, along with fine layers of graphite and dried herbs. A dense palate of berry fruits and spicy notes, well-balanced tannins, remarkable texture and a rich finish.

    Drinking recommendation: The 2017 Peccavi Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent vintage that was awarded gold and 95 points in the 2020 Halliday Cabernet Challenge. This medium to full -bodied wine is a classic accompaniment for a traditional Easter lunch or dinner of hearty, rich, lamb roast.

    RRP $75 | Drink to 2031 | Find out more.

    2019 CALNEGGIA Nero d’Avola Syrah DOC Sicilia
    Vibrant ruby-red with purple shades and aromas of red fruits and spice. The syrah balances the savoury nero d’avola with solid fruit sweetness and depth. The palate has an appealing smoothness and good length, with a soft, velvety texture.

    Drinking recommendation: This DOC Sicilia wine is a blend of nero d’avola and syrah grapes and is an Old World wine made using New World winemaking techniques. Being a lighter Italian red wine, the CALNEGGIA Nero d’Avola Syrah is perfect slightly chilled and paired with light pasta dishes or an antipasto spread.

    RRP $26 | Drink to 2028 | Find out more.

    2018 Brown Hill Estate Ivanhoe Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
    Vibrant blackcurrant and cassis combined with dark chocolate and liquorice notes derived from ageing in French oak. The rich, silky palate is all blackberries and dark cherries, with a long and elegant finish and silky tannins.

    Drinking recommendation: This rich and complex cabernet is the perfect accompaniment to a lamb roast at Easter Sunday dinner. Try it with a traditional meal with all the trimmings, a casual barbecue or even with some bitter and intense dark chocolate Easter eggs.

    RRP $45 | Drink to 2035 | Find out more.

    2018 Streicker Bridgeland Block Fumé Blanc
    A pure palate of coating natural acidity and fine fruit textures. Gooseberries, lemon zest, currants and jasmine on the nose; white stone fruit and creamy French oak on the palate, finishing with zested lime, granite and honeycomb.

    Drinking recommendation: The generous textures and flavours of this lightly oaked sauvignon blanc make it a delight all year round. During the autumn months, enjoy a glass by the ocean with family and friends – or with a Good Friday spread of pan-fried salmon and lighter style pasta dishes.

    RRP $30 | Drink to 2024 | Find out more.

    2017 Domaine Naturaliste Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon
    An intricate tapestry of glazed cherries, violets, and graphite, deftly woven into a palate of red currants, cacao nib and plum skin. Bristling tannin on the entry and a tensile core of liquorish, black berries and slate that culminates in a persistent and ever-changing mineral finish.

    Drinking recommendation: With svelte, coasting tannins, fragrant cassis and mulberry perfumes, the Rebus enhances hearty autumnal meals like roast lamb or robust stews. Serve at 16 degrees celsius alongside a long Easter lunch with family and friends.

    RRP $35 | Drink to 2026 | Find out more.

    2020 Harvey River Estate Moscato
    A beautiful and delicate sweet pale pink wine with a touch of spritz. Upfront sweetness and soft natural acid allows for a great mouthfeel and ripe, muscat fruit flavour throughout.

    Drinking recommendation: Best served chilled on a hot summer’s day or on a crisp, cool autumn evening. An ideal wine for the table with a Good Friday seafood feast of fresh prawns or whole-baked ocean trout.

    RRP $30 | Drink to 2023 | Find out more.

    2018 RiverBank Estate Eric Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec
    Aromas of red cherries and oak-induced spice. A robust, dense mid-palate with great balance and a hint of savouriness, finishing long with tannins and alcohol all in check.

    Drinking recommendation: This rich red blend is best enjoyed between 16-20 degrees celsius, ideally decanted and then consumed in a larger red wine glass. As a medium to full-bodied style, the Eric Anthony is a perfect food wine – delicious with a scotch fillet, rib eye steak or after a meal with an aged Parmigiano Reggiano.

    RRP $35 | Drink to 2030 | Find out more.

    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.