Wine Lists

Wines to try for winter

By Halliday Promotion

15 May, 2020

As the mercury drops, cue cravings for warm flavours. Try these six new-release reds.

    These wines are made to be shared on cold nights with good company and served alongside your favourite hearty meals. Enjoy them with drinking recommendations from the producers themselves.

  • 2016 Gomersal Wines Lyndoch Road Barossa Valley Shiraz Mataro

  • This shiraz-mataro blend is made using fruit from low-yielding vines to produce a balanced wine with structure and a lingering finish. It displays aromas of black cherry, Christmas cake and cedar, with flavours of spiced plum and dark fruits.

    Drinking recommendation: This full-bodied red is best enjoyed on a chilly winter’s evening, shared with friends and family in the comfort of your home. Pair it with rich, warming and flavoursome foods – think beef stews, casseroles and spaghetti bolognese. Use the code HALLIDAY20 at checkout to receive 20 per cent off this wine.

    RRP $30 | Drink to 2030 |

  • 2019 Stargazer Rada Tasmania Pinot Meunier/Pinot Noir

  • It has a vibrant, aromatic nose with chinotto-like spices, married with a fresh and crunchy palate and modest soft tannins. Translucent red fruits are the hallmark of this wine, supported by savoury, spicy notes from the pinot meunier component, and fresh cherry pip acidity on the finish.

    Drinking recommendation: Perfect enjoyed at cellar temperature over the winter months, this wild-fermented, lighter-bodied red is the ideal wine for a late-season picnic or barbecue. Try it with dishes that incorporate the slight bitterness of autumn vegetables, such as a warm salad of artichoke, pomegranate and radicchio with Manchego cheese. For a 10 per cent discount on your order, enter the code HALLIDAY at checkout.

    RRP $35 | Drink to 2025 |

  • 2016 Ox Hardy Upper Tintara Vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz

  • This McLaren Vale shiraz features abundant notes of dark fruits, such as blackberries and blueberries, interwoven with hints of aniseed, rich chocolate and cedary oak. Textural elements of earth and gravel are wrapped up in an arc of fine, clingy tannins.   

    Drinking recommendation: This shiraz is released with a couple of years of age to ensure perfect drinking, but will continue to thrive in the cellar over the medium to long term. It has the elegance, structure and line of acidity to pair well with a large variety of flavour-packed meals, across most cuisines. However, it’s undeniably an ideal match to steak – winemaker Andrew Hardy’s preference is a T-bone with a mandatory side of hot English mustard. Enter code LITTLEOX at checkout for 20 per cent off.

    RRP $38 | Drink to 2030 |

  • 2016 Howard Park Leston Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

  • It has aromas of red berry and blackcurrant, seasoned with savoury dry herbs and vanilla spice. The palate is layered with rich blueberry and plum fruits, plus hints of spice and long, fine tannins.

    Drinking recommendation: If enjoying this cabernet young, decant it before serving to allow its aromas, flavours and textures to flourish in the glass. Bottle age will see mellow tannin and acidity give way to a plush flavour profile, best served with rustic, earthy dishes like braised lamb shanks with rosemary or osso buco. You could also serve it alongside a charcuterie plate and in Bordeaux-specific glassware to concentrate the bouquet and preserve fruit freshness. Use code LESTON16 for 20 per cent off six-packs of the Leston Cabernet or Leston Cabernet Museum Release.

    RRP $50 | Drink to 2030 |

  • 2014 Mandala The Butterfly Museum Release Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • This Yarra Valley cabernet features flavours of blackberries and dark cherries, with hints of raspberries and summer pudding alongside toasted coconut notes. Finely textured tannins are juicy and persistent, with salted plum, olive tapenade, red-skin cranberry and spice characters to follow.

    Drinking recommendation: This museum release will continue to develop in flavour over the years. Otherwise, a little time in a decanter or glass will reveal rich, warm aromas and a long, silky mouthfeel. Serve it at room temperature and enjoy it around the fire on a cool winter’s night with loved ones. Suitable food pairings include hearty meals such as slow-braised beef or an eggplant and chickpea tagine. This wine is available exclusively to Halliday Wine Companion readers here.

    RRP $60 | Drink to 2028 |

  • 2018 Weathercraft Beechworth Shiraz

  • A bright, sophisticated, cool-climate shiraz with a wonderful generosity of red fruit, pepper and spice. These flavours are subtly complexed and supported by vanillin and fine tannins from the best French oak.

    Drinking recommendation: This mid-weight, cool-climate shiraz is ideally served between 15 and 20 degrees and will benefit from an hour decanting before drinking. Given the lighter style and generosity of fruit, an excellent winter pairing is a roast lamb seasoned with flavours of allspice, clove, thyme or mint to match the spices of the wine. Check out Weathercraft winemaker Raquel Jones’s favourite recipe to try alongside this release.

    RRP $38 | Drink to 2038 |

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

    Top image credit: Wine Australia