Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful and since we have no place to go... let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... with some good old vino! Christmas in July is here and Santa is ready to spoil mofos with this new case of ‘Christmas’ inspired vino! Whilst we’re ‘snowed-under’ this winter, make the evenings more delightful with these wintry wines, curl up on the sofa and explore this case of christmassy pressies:
Each case contains TWO of each of the following:
94pts Halliday Wine Companion | Boutique Producer
From the long and cool 2017 vintage comes a South Aussie shiraz that is moving into a drinking window that you’ll want to be a part of. The drinking, that is. It’s floral and full of berries on the nose - all lavender and cherries. The richness on the nose is matched on the palate, with the addition of plum and puckering cranberry. The richness is nestled in a medium-body, so this is the perfect wine for all sorts of dishes. Halliday’s Wine Companion gave it 94 points, all completely deserved - it is great quality wine!
YOU’D PAY $32 full price.
94pts Wine Showcase Magazine | 93pts Winestate Magazine | 93pts Sam Kim | 5 Stars Sam Kim | Double Gold Medal Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2020 | Gold Medal AWC Vienna 2019 | Gold Medal Sommeliers Challenge 2019| Gold Medal Critics Challenge 2019 | Gold Medal Women’s Wine Awards 2019
We’ve got a mate down in SA who’s so very versatile. He makes wines from vineyards across the state and always delivers the goods. Here’s a shiraz off a single block in Langhorne Creek that’s silky smooth with violets and plum on the nose, trailed by blackberry, spice and a bit of tannin on the palate. It’s plump and juicy, easy to drink, and laced with enough acidity to complement an array of dishes. And if you are left with any doubt, have a glance at its trophy cabinet. Stunning!
YOU’D PAY $28 full price.
Mitchelton Victoria Series Sparkling Shiraz
Five Star Halliday Rated Winery
Who doesn’t love sparkling shiraz? Rich, sweet and full of bubbles! This Non-vintage fizz utilises wines going back ten years and as a result is a beautifully rich wine, with plush red and purple fruits. The dosage was a fortified wine which adds to the richness and complexity. Buying this wine is not the question - it’s what dish will you drink it with? We’d say Peking Duck Pancakes or a glazed ham hock to add to the rich and delicious experience.
YOU’D PAY $27 full price.
McLaren Vale, SA
92pts James Halliday | Special Value Award - James Halliday | 5 Star Halliday rated winery
This is a jaw-dropping value delight from a Vale winery many a mofo has fallen in love with. This wine is built to entertain; its reason for being is to let the good times roll. A fifth of the grapes in this delicious cabernet were dried before pressing in the Italian appassimento style. Not all that common in a cabernet, but it certainly does the job! Think jubilant, ripe fruit flavours with plushness to spare. A solid sprinkling of tannin keeps the edges in check and dribble-inducing flavours of liquered Morello cherry and chocolate abound. Cabernet grapes never lack acidity, and this duly brings the goods. Yummy, fun stuff!
YOU’D PAY $25 full price.
Pinot Noir 2018
Yarra Valley, VIC
This pinot inspires a love/hate relationship in me. I love the bright juicy fruit with the gentle earthiness and soft, easy tannin. I hate that a dozen sounds like enough, and then by week three you’re down to your last bottle. Be warned, mofo. You will definitely notice your friends swinging by more often once they’ve quaffed a glass or two of this with you. It’s just deliciously easy drinking, and made by a living Yarra legend. Bright cherries and strawberries, with just a sparkle of tannin for shape. It’s not Grand Cru Burgundy, it’s way more yummy.
YOU’D PAY $24 full price
Saveroni Corvina 2018
For those that geek out on Italian varieties, you’ll probably recognise corvina as the grape used to make the legendary Amarone della Valpolicella. Amarone is a massive, dense, long-lived red that goes through a special process of drying the grapes to maximise concentration. What you might not know is that when corvina is made into wine using more conventional methods, the results are quite different. The wine is bright with big, crunchy red fruits, heaps of spice and very soft tannins. It’s delicious, slurpable easy going. Who knew?
YOU’D PAY $22 full price.