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With the changing of the seasons comes a changing in wine selection.
At this time of year, the 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.
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2018 Murdoch Hill Ridley Pinot X Three
Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, these three varieties get along so well.
This is a fresh, fruit-driven wine that is geared towards fun in the sun drinking. It combines the vibrant red berry flavours of these three varieties with a touch of stalk influence to beautiful effect.
Think of the ideal red wine style to drink in the Aussie summer and your on the right track. Pop it in the fridge if you like, it won't hurt it a bit. Slim to none oak influence just pure, lively fruit full of character and personality.Read more about 2018 Murdoch Hill Ridley Pinot X Three
2019 Meadowbank Nouveau Syrah Pinot
Pinot Noir has always excelled on the Meadowbank vineyard.
Now, with the climate warming up, Syrah is heading the same way on this Derwent Valley site.
It only made sense for winemaker Peter Dredge to blend them together. The combination of the spicy, peppery Shiraz and slippery, perfumed red-berried Pinot Noir is a match made in heaven.
This is a light, juicy modern Australian wine from one of Tasmania's most talented winemakers. The perfect Summer red here from Dredge and co.Read more about 2019 Meadowbank Nouveau Syrah Pinot
2018 Schwarz Meta Grenache
The Schwarz Meta Grenache is very much the modern look of Barossa Grenache.
Built with fruit purity, drinkability and freshness in mind, the fruit for this wine is unoaked, fermented as mostly whole bunches with indigenous yeasts and unfined, unfiltered.
With all the work done in the Maranaga and Bethany vineyards, this minimal intervention approach has resulted in a bright, crisp and crunchy style of Grenache that is very hard to put down.
A world away from the thick, syrupy Grenache of old, this is the delicious new face of the Barossa.Read more about 2018 Schwarz Meta Grenache
2018 Dune Pyla
A new age McLaren Vale red wine here from the notable Lloyd family of Coriole fame. The brothers Duncan and Peter forging a new project from their Blewitt Springs vineyard.
Italian varieties have become one of the great stories of McLaren Vale, with Coriole doing plenty to champion these sun-loving grapes. Here, Nero d'Avola takes centre stage, surrounded by Negroamaro & Montepulciano as well as Rhone classics Carignan and Mourvedre.
The 2018 release is every bit as alluring as the ripping 2017 vintage - it's savoury, spicy and full of lush McLaren Vale dark fruit.
Not a foot wrong so far from this exciting rising McLaren Vale project.Read more about 2018 Dune Pyla
2018 Beal & Co Little Red
Callum Beal is bringing Merlot back.
He believes the Adelaide Hills can grow some great, smashable versions of the variety. Here's a good example of what he's talking about.
Matured in stainless after a month on skins and whole-berry fermented, Beal is striving for freshness and drinkability - something more akin to a Beaujolais Nouveau than a dusty old Bordeaux.
It's medium-bodied, flush with plums and savoury black olive tapenade notes, and has more interest and drinkability than most Australian Merlots you'll meet.
Perfect drinking for backyards and BBQs while the weather is warm.Read more about 2018 Beal & Co Little Red
2019 Nick Spencer Gundagai Dry Red
One of Nick Spencer's most formative experiences in wine was the 2011 Len Evans Tutorial where he had the rare opportunity to sample some of the worlds most famous wines under exam conditions.
Amongst the flights of DRC and First Growth Bordeaux, Nick says the wines that moved him most were the great old Australian red wines of the 1960s and 1970s. These were blended wines, with a house style the primary focus rather than the emphasis on regional or varietal wines which is so prevalent in Australian wine today.
The Gundagai Red is Nick's attempt to bring that old blended philosophy into the modern day. It's a wine that shows ripe blue fruit characters, a vibrant nose of violets and spice and silky decadent tannins which should see it mature nicely over the medium-long term.Read more about 2019 Nick Spencer Gundagai Dry Red