With summer fading in the rear-view mirror, our thirst to chase the afternoon sun marks the arrival of autumn. If you need to replenish your wine stash after summer celebrations, this delightful Autumn Mixed Dozen is your answer.
Grab riesling from the fridge (why not the Soave too?) and make a date at the park. Fresher evenings might bring dinner parties indoors, a pair of lively Spaniards keep the good times flowing. And Yarra Valley chardonnay is perfect for Sunday roast chicken. Dry rosé for that one fine, 30 degree late-autumn day, before the season’s true bounty of pine mushrooms really start to surface. Perfect for risotto and a French pinot, be sure to pour a glass to sip while stirring the pot. As colder nights draw in, curl up with a well-loved book and tuck into lush red locals of straight shiraz, or a bright dolcetto blend. Margaret River Malbec brims with dark autumnal fruits, and if that day trip to the Dandenongs transpires, an Italian sangiovese or a fruit-full Montepulciano will slot nicely into the picnic basket.
2019 Rocky Gully, Riesling, Frankland River, WA $23
Isolated in the wild south-west of WA’s Frankland River, Rocky Gully is a junior label from the patient riesling stoics of Frankland Estate. Pure, fresh and vibrant, with lime and salty tang, this is a dry wine to covet.
2019 Ca’ Erto, Garganega Soave, Italy $27
This straw yellow, Soave Classico from Veneto’s volcanic plain, is made up by local hero garganega, with a measured touch of trebbiano. Golden highlights and a citrus zing mean you’d do well to pair this with a seafood lunch from the lagoon. Or it is just simply light and effortless enough, to be enjoyed on its own.
2018 La Parés Boltà, Blanc de Pacs, Xarel-lo, Parellada, Macabeu, Penedès, Spain $26
The three white Catalan amigos of Xarel·lo, Parellada and Macabeu are the stable grapes behind the region’s famous fizzy Cava wines. Instead, here they unite to form a gorgeous, still table wine. Organically farmed, from high altitude terraced vineyards, this wine is bright and fresh with a long saline finish.
2018 Cimabella, Godello, Bierzo, Spain $23
Godello (say it – G’day-oh) is a white variety native to Bierzo in Spain’s northwest. Two months on lees lend savoury, smoky flavours and generous texture. Rarely seen It’s a delicious version of this rarely seen Spanish varietal.
2018 Rising Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, VIC $28
This single vineyard Yarra Valley chardonnay hits above it weight in quality. Citrus pith and apples entice with a touch of spicy French oak. From the well established team at Sticks, this tightly coiled wine has great flavour and presence.
2018 Jules Merlot Carignan Rosé, Provence, France $24
Monsieur Jules is a moreish Mediterranean number. Softly fruited merlot pairs with gruff old Carignan, a grape often in need of a generous partner to tame its structure. Easy to picture yourself laid back on a handsome striped deckchair, drinking this on the Cote d’Azur. Rounded, chalky, refreshing and dry, perfect refreshment for a sunny afternoon.
2018 Racine Pinot Noir, Languedoc Roussillon France $31
Southern France is a diverse and dynamic region making a plethora of wine styles. What’s more their price points are on the friendlier side. This pinot is juicy and dark fruited with a nice touch of spice that entices a second glass. Fleshier tannins mean this can sipped with or without food.
2018 Billy Button, Rosso, Alpine Valleys, VIC $21
Winemaker Jo Marsh works tirelessly with a myriad of growers in the Alpine Valley’s making lesser known Italian whites and reds. Unfortunately, recent bushfires dashed hopes of a 2020 vintage, so enjoy this delectable blend of dolcetto and shiraz while it lasts! It’s crunchy, fresh and vibrant, a joy to drink.
2018 Toolangi, Shiraz, Yarra Valley, VIC $26
One of our local regions, the scenic Yarra Valley offers a plethora of wine styles. This shiraz is loaded with spice and an array of plump red fruits. New ownership has seen a shift in style at this winery to emphasise elegance, balance and purity.
2019 Higher Plane, Malbec, Margaret River, WA $25
The newest addition to the brood at Higher Plane, this malbec is a lovely transition to autumn’s rich and ripe reds. A core of black fruits is peppered with cinnamon and spice, backed with a spine of fine tannins.
2018 Fiore Nero Chianti Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy $24
Fleshy and ripe, this sangiovese shows bright notes of red cherries and black plums. It’s a smooth take on the usually tannic Tuscan styles, with a nice sinewy savoury chew on the finish.
2017 Pasqua, Montelpuciano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy $18
This montelpulciano offers a heady mix of inky blackberries and stewed rhubarb notes. It’s full throttle on the fruit, leading to a juicy tannin line that frames the ripe core. A great pizza wine.
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