Five wines to discover this spring
Spring is here, and there’s an unmistakable pep in our step as the world comes into bloom. Could be something to do with the wines that we’re loving this season - here’s five that have got us all vibey.
Pure luxury for any night of the week - Twin Valleys sourced chardonnay from a single vineyard in Moyhu, a gorgeous little spot in the King Valley that always delivers the goods. This is elegant and engaging, offering up green apple, jasmine and waves of citrus. But don't look past the mouthfeel, starting with a very fine bead and rolling into a creamy palate and lingering vibrancy from the citrusy acid. Seriously stellar sparkling.
Your next riesling crush need no introduction. This is Pikes, one of the most adored Clare Valley wineries - and for good reason. A household name since their days manufacturing beer and soft drinks, but have since captivated hearts with phenomenal wines true to the unique and famed terroir of the Clare Valley. This is a wine that commands a sensational moment, although the argument could be had that this wine is what makes those moments sensational. Lemon-lime pithiness, refreshing mineral core, and a humming note of white blossoms and jasmine sing a beautiful harmony. If you’re looking for the best riesling of Clare, you can’t do much better than this.
Fresh, juicy gris that bats way above its level - scoring 95pts from Wine Orbit. Delicate floral aromas intertwine with the vibrant spiced pear, cinnamon, and Meyer lemon notes creating an inviting bouquet. Tensely balanced to provide both freshness and texture, this is really an ‘all-purpose’ wine for any food or mood this spring.
Perfectly refined pinot noir from a five-star Halliday-rated winery. A bright, vibrant acid line leads the wine, full of red fruit tartness. While it’s quite piercing at the fore it’s not long before fruit weight and generosity take over. There’s rich plump cherry, sweet raspberry, and earthy forest floor on offer. As the wine spends a little time in the glass some classic premium pinot character starts to shine through - gamey meat, dried pink and red flowers, and some herbal overtones make for a curious, compelling wine. All of that excellence is topped off with a lasting, satisfying finish.
Multiple 95pt ratings and gold medals, what more can we say about this iconic wine that’s not already been said? This is deeply marked by black fruit; blackcurrants, dark cherries, black cherries. All of the rich fruit is accented by tobacco and cedar notes, and a distinct bit of char and mocha. Structured, imposing, full, and dense. Harmonious, perfectly poised, and brilliantly balanced. This is seriously good booze from a family that makes incredible wines.
Keen to shop a few more spring hits? Browse the best in season here.