Autumn’s upon us already, so we’ve put together this pack to help you bridge the change in weather and accompany the season’s foods. Whether it’s the last fresh crisp of the summer salads or bringing in the season of braises, this dozen has you covered. We’ve packed an iconic ale from SA, a value sparkling from Alsace, a bright riesling, and a vermentino from the Barossa. Texture wise, a Yarra pinot gris and a weighty white from south-eastern Spain. A fragrant rosé from southern France kicks off the reds followed by a light red fruited pinot from WA and a grenache blend from France’s Mediterranean coast. When the temperature drops it’s time call on a monastrell from Spain or nero d’avola from Sicily, and closer to home a Margaret River shiraz from a pioneering family.

Coopers Sparkling Ale 750ml ~ SA $7
This beer needs no introduction, the original bottle-fermented ale from this iconic family-owned brewery in Adelaide. Whether you affectionately know it as ‘lunatic soup’ or the truth juice with an abundance of flavour and that distinct yeast sediment synonymous with Coopers. A perfect drink year round but particularly in autumn as the weather cools.

NV Prince Estivac Blanc des Blancs Reserve Brut ~ Alsace, France $22
Made from aromatic varieties riesling and pinot blanc, this is standout value for bottle fermented sparkling. A fine mousse and yeasty complexity due to ageing on lees lends itself to a crisp, long finish.

2015 Ottelia Riesling ~ Mt Gambier, SA $21
Most well-known for its pristine Blue Lake, the limestone deposits to the southwest of Mount Gambier are perfect for grape growing. Showing subtle florals and pure citrus notes of lime and lemon pith is proof positive that ‘the Mount’ packs plenty of riesling credentials to rival that of the classic SA valleys of Eden and Clare.

2015 Spinifex Miette Vermentino ~ Barossa Valley, SA $20
Winemaker Pete Schell has been instrumental in challenging the Barossa’s reputation for producing high octane wines, instead working with Mediterranean varieties that are far more sympatico. Hailing from the warmth of Sardinia, vermentino is one such variety which ripens late and retains lovely freshness. A perfect accompaniment to the last of the balmy evenings.

2016 Punt Road Pinot Gris ~ Yarra Valley, Vic $23
It seems as though everything winemaker Tim Shand touches right now, turns to gold – receiving many accolades for his wines of late. This gris substantiates this statement, punching well above the mark. Varietal characters of crunchy white peach, meyer lemon and subtly spiced ginger combine to create a wine of texture and harmony.

2015 Castaño Macabeo/Chardonnay ~ Yecla, Spain $19
Sitting at 500 metres altitude the wines of Castaño reflect the rugged climate of Yecla in central Spain. This blend of Spanish workhorse variety macabeo and chardonnay combine to produce a white of body and freshness. White stone fruits are complimented by subtle toast and hints of vanilla. Fire up the barby with sardines on grilled bread and you’ll be sorted.
2015 Le Chat Noir Rosé ~ Aude Valley, France $19
Made up of syrah from the cooler Aude Valley in the south of France, the Black Cat is reminiscent of summer evenings just past. Rose petal and red fruits lend themselves to great balance and fresh acidity. Enjoy over lunch with the last bounty of summer tomatoes with basil and fresh buffalo mozzarella.

2014 Mt Trio Pinot Noir, WA $22
Gavin Berry and Gill Graham are one of the few vignerons of the Great Southern region to borders the great Porongurup National Park. For this pinot noir they’ve looked further afield to produce an elegant style showing red fruits of strawberry and cherry and gentle tannins to support. Serve with a slight chill.

2015 La Ciboise Grenache/Syrah ~ Cotes du Luberon, France $22
Michel Chapoutier is one of the most esteemed winemakers in the Rhône Valley, sourcing fruit from right across the region. This juicy blend from the far south of the region will comfort you during the first cold nights of the season. Black fruit and pepper-spiced aromas lead to a palate full of blue and blackberries with hints of nutmeg and a subtle balance of acid and tannin wrapping around the finish.

2015 La Purisima Monastrell, Yecla, Spain $20
Also hailing from the rugged region of Yecla, La Purisima is a co-operative that produces 60% of the wines made from the area. The most popular of red varieties is monastrell and here it’s brooding with characters of dark berries carried by a lovely chewy texture and savoury leather finish. A dish of slow cooked pork belly would do well as a foil.

2014 Gattonero Nero d’Avola ~ Sicily $15
From the fertile soils of Sicily, nero d’avola is a staff favourite here at CWS. This is fine and rounded with rich red fruit, gamey notes and vibrant acidity to finish. Similarly weighted to a juicy shiraz, this little black cat is possibly too easy to drink!

2014 Watson Family Vineyards Shiraz ~ Margaret River, WA $18
One of the pioneers of the Margaret River region, the Watson family established their iconic Woodlands winery in 1973. Under this second label they aim to make affordable wines which are reflective of the region. Sourced from plots to the south of the region and the Wilyabrup Valley this is elegant but ripe with red berry fruits, white pepper and toasty oak. A welcome addition of whole bunches in the ferment add to the structure and complexity.

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