13 of the most effective pink wines to be ingesting this winter


After the latest announcement that an Australian wine had been named World’s Best Cabernet on the Concours International des Cabernet in France (Taylors, with their 2014 “The Visionary” Cab Sav), it’s clearer than ever that Australian winemakers are beating Old Europe at its personal sport.

In truth, Australian wines have been awarded the trophy in 3 of the previous 4 years. Australian rising circumstances are clearly excellent for Cabernet and Shiraz, and as we settle in to winter, these varietals turn into the go-to cold-weather reds for lots of Aussie drinkers.

But native winemakers are additionally doing superb issues with many different basic European pink varietals, which have been slower to achieve floor in public consciousness. Instead of an imported Bordeaux or Barossa Shiraz, why not go for one among these extra adventurous Australian winter reds subsequent time you are at your native wine retailer.


This Spanish grape selection has not too long ago outstripped all different varieties by way of worldwide will increase in plantings, and has turn into a extremely widespread wine all through the world.

In Australia, most Tempranillo plantings are pretty new, and since it’s a versatile selection, a number of Australian grape growers try it out, with combined outcomes. Regions to search for embrace Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Beechworth, Adelaide Hills, and Heathcote.

Ask your native wine-seller for an aged fashion that may ship scrumptious wintery characters of leather-based and spice.

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Jericho Tempranillo, 2017, Adelaide Hills.

Mayford Tempranillo, 2016, Alpine Valleys, Vic.


Montepulciano is an Italian selection from the Abruzzo area that has skyrocketed in Australia over the previous decade by way of planting and manufacturing.

This luscious Italian pink makes good winter ingesting, although it is best to ask for a hotter local weather ‘Monte’, as it’s also typically made in a lighter, cool-climate fashion right here. South Australia is the area to go for when selecting Australian-grown Montepulciano. Expect a wealthy, darkish pink with well-balanced fruit and tannin construction and notes of black plum and tar.

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First Drop ‘Minchia’ Montepulciano, 2012, Adelaide Hills.

Big Easy Radio Montepulciano Sangiovese, 2016, McLaren Vale.

Touriga Nacional

​Touriga Nacional is a Portuguese native selection that’s historically used within the manufacturing of Port. As you’ll think about, it produces large, full-bodied, tannic wines that may stand up to many years of ageing.

Australian wine guru Steve Pannell has been on the forefront of Touriga manufacturing in Australia over the previous few years, and his present vary features a Grenache, Shiraz, Touriga mix and a Tempranillo Touriga, which he says is his finest but. McLaren Vale is the place it is at by way of Australian Touriga.

This is a varietal that’s certain to develop in reputation in Australia over the following ten years, contemplating our love of huge, highly effective reds.

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S.C. Pannell Tempranillo Touriga, 2016, McLaren Vale.

Three Dark Horses Grenache Touriga, 2017, McLaren Vale.


Of course, Grenache is a longtime selection in Australia, however has too lengthy been used as a mixing wine solely, usually with Shiraz. Recently, although, Australian wine makers have began producing some top of the range single selection Grenache, primarily within the South Australian areas of Barossa and McLaren Vale, that are undoubtedly those to go for within the winter months.

The proven fact that Grenache has been grown right here for many years already means the vines are older than most of the different varieties listed right here, and prone to produce extra complicated wines.

Grenache is fine-textured by way of tannin construction, and low in acid, with notes of cherry and white pepper. Old-vine Grenache is a superb alternative when on the lookout for an fascinating premium pink for winter.

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Head ‘Ancestor Vine’ Grenache, 2015, Springton, Eden Valley.

Yangarra ‘High Sands’ Grenache, 2014, McLaren Vale.

Nero D’Avola

A Sicilian selection that additionally thrives within the scorching and dry areas of Australia. This wine is usually medium-bodied and may be made in a spread of kinds, so for winter, ask your native vendor for an even bigger model, probably grown within the area of McLaren Vale.

Expect a stability of pink fruits, floral and herbaceous notes, with greater acid than most of the different wines listed right here. ‘Nero’ is a tenacious selection, and is prone to turn into extra acquainted in Australia as temperatures improve over the following many years.

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Unico Zelo Nero D’Avola, 2017, Adelaide Hills.

Brash Higgins ‘NDV’ Amphora Project Nero D’Avola, 2016, McLaren Vale.


For those that would normally attain for the Pinot Noir, a high Australian-grown Nebbiolo is a superb alternative for winter. In Italy, it’s grown within the hilly Northwestern area of Piedmont, and right here primarily in Mornington, King and Clare Valleys, and the Adelaide Hills.

With a beautiful mild color however critical tannin-structure, Nebbiolo has a novel flavour profile usually that includes notes of blackcurrant, tar, leather-based and violets. Aussie Nebbiolo tends to be fuller-bodied than its Italian-grown counterparts, making it extra winter-friendly.

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Fletcher ‘Minion’ Nebbiolo, 2016, Yarra Valley, King Valley & Pyrenees.

Vinea Marson Nebbiolo, 2012, Heathcote.

Check out the gallery above to see some high quality reds to do this winter.

Emily Bitto from executivestyle.com.au

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