Living in Australia, one thing you realise is that the end of February is no longer the end of hot days. Our climate is flipping about all the time so don’t be fooled; you still need an appropriate red on-hand for sunny days.
…all red wine lovers know deep down inside: in summer, we are going to lap up many a beer, sparkling and white wine. But the time will always come when the frivolity wears thin and we need a deeper conversation and a red. During the summer in Australia, this can be a problem. Of all the potential issues facing all wine served in Australia at this time, red wine served at an inappropriate temperature or in an inappropriate style is arguably the biggest.
– Campbell Mattinson, WineCompanion.com.au/Articles.
Try a lower alcohol variety; a 13 read is excellent.
Don’t be afraid to chill a red (approximately 15 minutes in the fridge will get it down to 15 – 18 degrees).
DO not make it COLD, but if it warms up again, another 10 minutes fridge time is allowed.
Luckily due to lighter oak styles, you might find a lower price wine suits perfectly.
Here are some top picks from the Epicure Portfolio
Oates Ends Tempranillo – Margaret River
A beguiling aroma of cherries with a hint of wild herbs. A mouthful of juicy red cherry and warm, ripe strawberry fruit – immediate enjoyment. “It is the ultimate BBQ wine” – Cath Oates, Winemaker
Cape Grace Malbec – Margaret River
You have to check out this relatively small production malbec. Loaded with brooding black fruits displaying a subtle raspberry confection lift. Its smooth, seamless and just so deliciously cuddly on the palate. Brilliant, bright reddy in colour is the first indication of the energy here. Slightly chewy tannins and support. 95 Points.
– Ray Jordan, ‘The West Australian Wine Guide’ 2019
First Drop Wines ‘Nacional’ Touriga Nacional – McLaren Vale
A fast lively red … vibrant red … bouquet: lifted red and blue fruits with a hint of Earl Grey … palate: blue fruit flavours, with an Indian ink mid-palate and refreshing Earl Grey finish. – First Drop.
Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles – Barossa Valley
Cuvee Juveniles was created as a Cote Du Rhone inspired bistro wine from the classic Barossa varieties of Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre) and Shiraz from mostly old, unirrigated vineyards. The wines hallmark is its freshness due to no oak ageing and as the name describes it is a wine best drunk in its youth. – Torbreck
La Prova Wines Nero D’Avola –McLaren Vale
Succulent, medium weight, bright red and dark fruits, with Neros trademark nervy, tingly finish. Wild ferment, unfined and unfiltered. Vegan-Friendly. Winemaker Sam recommends giving it a go with Pizza or red-sauced pasta. Always reliable, always excellent value.
Ashton Hills Piccadilly Pinot Noir – Adelaide Hills
From the first waft, this is almost disgusting in its visceral sensuality. This is the sensation most of the most-obsessed Pinot perves dream of, but rarely get to feel. There is just a cheeky tickle of the spice of old French oak, but mainly this bouquet is silk-smooth, musky, fresh-washed flesh. It is not what mortal humans expect of grapes. To drink, it is so bare-faced matter-of-fact that you might just as well undress. You do not want food. You will want another bottle. Do not fall in the glass.
– Phillip White, InDaily
Ministry of Clouds Grenache – McLaren Vale
From very old bush vines each vineyard eighty years plus, (we) make a contemporary Grenache with fragrance, succulence and fine boned structure (a little like our favourite Pinots!!). Viva la Grenache! – Bernice and Julian, Ministry of Clouds
In Praise of Shadows Touriga Graciano – McLaren Vale
Picked early to capture full flavour along the bright and crunchy fruit spectrum in an unashamedly ‘Joven’ style. A four day cold soak and 48 hour ferment before the pure free run juice is whisked away from the skins and seeds to produce a wine untainted by man, wood or machinery. Smoky blueberry, blackberry, rhubarb and pepper that frollicks in your glass before you can no longer resist the urge to drink it NOW! Don’t be afraid to give it a little chill on a warm day. – Brett Trewartha, In Praise of Shadows
St John’s Road, The Resilient Grenache – Barossa Valley
There is good fruit lift out of the glass and a tight little fist of sandy tannins in the finish. And it is also pretty bloody tasting as you sip your way further into the bottle. No wonder it won best grenache and best red and this years Barossa regional wine comp.
– Tony Love, 18/19 Points
Heartland, Foreign Correspondent – Langhorne Creek
Foreign Correspondent is a hard hitting exploration of fruit character. Red berries zip around the mouth. They are enhanced by a sprinkling of herbs and spices. This is an uncompromising, elegant and sophisticated way to enjoy a relaxing glass of red that pairs with everything from fine food to fine company. It is a serious red that does not ask to be taken seriously. – Heartland
Handpicked Wines, Regional Selections Pinot Noir – Mornington Peninsula
This is a typical Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir with attractive floral
notes, fresh berry fruit flavours and soft tannin. The 217 wines are outstanding in any lineup and are ample testament to the coming of age of the Mornington Peninsula as one of the worlds great Pinot Noir regions.
Escarpment Pinot Noir – Martinborough
Supple, stylish pinot noir with dark cherry, fresh herb, spice, anise, and subtle oak flavours. Gentle tannins provide support without compromising drinkability. Lovely purity and subtle power.
– Bob Campbell MW, 94 points
Contact your Epicure Wine Team Rep. and get your hands on some.