~ Impress family and friends this Christmas with wine
Picture this – a relaxing Christmas Day where everyone enjoys themselves (including you). Delicious food and wine lay the foundations for celebration. Throw in some friends and family and you could end up with a raucous and rowdy bunch having an excellent time. An ideal Christmas!
It’s stressful enough trying to plan everything. Remembering everyone’s likes, dislikes and intolerances. With this in mind, here is a quintessential Christmas Day drinking pack for you and your friends. There’s an elegant Champagne, a joyful off-dry cider, an iconic Australian semillon with age, a versatile French rosé, a WA red you can chill and a heady Heathcote shiraz.
NV Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée 741, Champagne, France $110
This delicate and demure bubbles has the charisma of a vintage champagne – in fact, most of the grapes come from a single vintage. In this case, cuvée 741 represents the cooler 2013, topped up with a generous dose of nutty reserve champagne. The classy concentration and lacey texture on this fine and filigreed drop is a standout. Minerally and tactile, we couldn’t think of a better way to welcome your guests this Christmas.
Le Père Jules Cider, Normandy, France $23
Now in the hands of the fourth-generation, Guillaume Desfrieches continues the tradition of apple and pear farming, making some of France’s most pure and delicious ciders. Organically farmed, cows roam freely providing natural fertilizer (note to self – take gumboots if you visit). This joyful off-dry pear cider dances across the palate. Made from three pear varieties, it works wonderfully with pork terrine or cheese. A lightweight at 4% ABV, its versatility as a Christmas wine makes it a lovely drop for early or late celebrations.
2014 Tyrrells HVD Semillon, Hunter Valley, NSW $38
With five years under its belt, this bright semillon is starting to unfurl some of its tightly wound core. And it is a beautiful thing. Laser-like focus gently gives way to chalky threads. This zesty white is a lovely foil for richer seafood dishes. Its purity will highlight raw dishes of cured fish or prawns. An iconic Aussie wine, this single-vineyard semillon is understated, but there’s no denying its pedigree – coming from 110-year-old vines.
2018 Copains Commes Poissons Rosé, Herault, France $22
When you’re not quite sure what Christmas wine to match with a dish, your best bet is rosé. An all-round style, it can be served on its own, with canapé s, entrée or mains, depending how your guests like it. And the hotter the day, the better rosé tastes. This savoury southern French wine offers notes of rosehip, orange peel and red cherries. Its refreshing nature and finely tuned flavours make it hard to resist a top-up (fill ‘er up thanks).
2019 Dormilona Tinto, Margaret River, WA $24
A new burst of energy has been injected into Margaret River, and Dormilona is leading the charge. Josephine Perry and her husband Jimmy make expressive and delightful wines in a lo-fi manner. This single-vineyard, organically grown Wilyabrup shiraz is all about upfront and immediate drinking. What’s better, you can chill it down and serve it as a refreshing red. Slippery yet crunchy with dark red fruits and a touch of spice, it’s a damn delicious wine for an Aussie Christmas.
2018 Wren Shiraz I’m so Ronely Heathcote, VIC $36
Michael Wren splits his time between Australia and Portugal making wine. Love has conquered this talented winemaker, he’s recently settled on a Heathcote property – with established vines. With over 16 clones of shiraz in the vineyard, he respectfully picked and fermented like with like, increasing the work-load! This parcel stood out for its spicy and tumultuous nature, reminiscent of northern Rhône syrah, hence the name. Heady notes of violets, black pepper and cherries lead into a suave palate of finely tuned tannins.
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