About The Pack
With the changing of the seasons comes a changing in wine selection.
At this time of year, Rosés and Rieslings start giving way to medium-bodied, savoury reds that are built for sipping as the afternoons turn cool.
Here are six fantastic reds that are perfect for drinking anytime, anywhere this Autumn. From a lighter shade Pinot Meunier through to a cracking cool-climate Syrah, you'll have all bases covered with these six contemporary Aussie reds.
2020 Poppelvej Dancing in the Doldrums Pinot Meunier
These new red wines from young Danish born winemaker, Uffe Deichmann, are real firecrackers..
Here he ventures to a vineyard in the Adelaide Hills in search of Pinot Meunier. With a small parcel secured, Uffe ferments it as whole clusters with just a short time on skins before pressing.
This winemaking approach brings a subtle great spice and lift to the wine, keeping it red fruited, nervy and fresh.
It's a spicy, light-bodied little pocket rocket which is primed for a quick chill and drinking in the sun.Read more about 2020 Poppelvej Dancing in the Doldrums Pinot Meunier
2020 Adelina Cabernet Franc
Satiny, mid-weight Clare Valley red, replete with cherry and strawberry aromatics, and a pure, clean-living palate.
This is Adelina's second Cab Franc release from the now-certified Smith vineyard in the Polish Hill River sub-region. Last year's zero sulphur wine was a little on the wild side - a tiny bit of sulphur in the 2020 release means this is all fresh, delicious, red-berry juiciness, with a herbal, peppery backbone.
Fruit was all destemmed, with just a few days spent on skins, then six months quiet maturation in old french barriques. Joyous wine.Read more about 2020 Adelina Cabernet Franc
2020 Brave New Wine El Rojo Tempranillo Shiraz
El Rojo (meaning The Red in Spanish) is a whole lot of fun for husband and wife duo Andries and Yoko Lüscher-Mostert to make.
The fruit was handpicked from one of Frankland River's premier vineyards. Bush vine Tempranillo with a motley crew of Shiraz, Mencia, Counoise and Cinsault were on offer. They fermented all the fruit naturally as whole bunches and carefully concocted the blend to get the perfect mix of delicious ripe fruit and spice.
It has (as the name suggests) a distinctly Spanish 'feel'; savoury and herbal yet light and energetic. But a wine like this isn't to be judged, it is meant to be drunk with gusto - with a slight chill on it if you like.Read more about 2020 Brave New Wine El Rojo Tempranillo Shiraz
2020 Main & Cherry Sangiovese
So much great value vino coming from the cellar of Michael Sexton.
His range is jam-packed with vibrant, energetic examples of alternative varieties. Here he takes aim at Sangiovese and knocks it straight to the boundary.
The fruit comes from a biodynamically farmed vineyard in McLaren Vale. It's all Brunello clone which makes for a more structural style of Sangiovese traditionally. However, with gentle handling from Michael this version has maintained the silky drinkability that is the hallmark of McLaren Vale reds.
It's the perfect Thursday night pizza wine. Bellissimo!Read more about 2020 Main & Cherry Sangiovese
2020 Vino Volta Post Modern Seriousism Grenache
More and more attention being paid to the Swan Valley crew these days. If wines like this keep popping up from the region, the buzz is going to get all the louder.
It's a brilliant Grenache here from Garth and Kristen. Mature vines, the region's flagship variety, a touch of whole bunch and a lot of care in the making. It jumps out of the glass.
There's modern, then there's post-modern. And if this is post-modern, then sign us up!Read more about 2020 Vino Volta Post Modern Seriousism Grenache
2019 Swinney Syrah
A fantastic example of Syrah here from the Swinney family and the crack team of Rob Mann and Lee Haselgrove.
While Western Australian Cabernet Sauvignon gets the lion's share of attention, Shiraz when grown in the right spot can excel, particularly when grown and tended by someone as knowledgeable as Lee Haselgrove.
This is a brilliant Syrah. It's spicy, intense and powerful, ready to drink now or in a decade's time. Rob Mann has brought a wealth of experience to the Swinney operation since coming on as winemaker in 2018 and every ounce of his skill is on show here.
As Gary Walsh said in his 94 point review, it's quite simply "Excellent. Savoury. Regional. Quite the looker.."Read more about 2019 Swinney Syrah