The rise and rise of lower alcohol reds that are begging to be banged in the esky is one of the best modern developments in Australian wine.
From familiar varieties such as Pinot Noir and early-picked Grenache, to the explosive recent popularity of varieties like Pinot Meunier and Gamay, or creative blends that place style at a premium over traditional varietal characteristics - the world of light Aussie reds is one of the most exciting vinous wormholes you can fall down at the moment. Here's the pack to get you started!
- 2022 Giant Steps Yarra Valley LDR
- 2022 Swinging Bridge M.A.W. Pinot Noir
- 2023 Gentle Folk Vin de Sofa
- 2022 Unico Zelo Jungle Jungle Dolcetto
- 2023 Jumping Juice Half Full Red
- 2023 Stargazer Rada
2022 Giant Steps Yarra Valley LDR
The LDR (Light Dry Red) is a lip-smacking blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah, with fruit from Phils Sexton's home block on the Valley floor and the notable Tarraford vineyard.
It's slinky, seductive, and incredibly easy to drink.
If you love this uniquely Australian blend, with all the history and nostalgia that Pinot/Shiraz conjure up for Australian wine lovers, this is a beautiful modern rendition which should absolutely be on your hit list.
"The bargain red wine in the portfolio."
- 95 pts, Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)
2022 Swinging Bridge M.A.W. Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is Tom Ward's pet variety.
He believes that there is huge potential for Orange to become one of the country's premier Pinot Noir growing regions and he's doing great work to build that reputation for the region.
The M.A.W, named after his father Mark Andrew Ward, is about lightness, freshness and drinkability. It's the kind of Pinot you can open any night of the week and be totally satisfied with what's in the glass.
A youthful expression that's ready to rip, and it's absolutely delicious.
"The MAW is the epitome of elegance vintage after vintage. Drink with joy in your heart."
- Shanteh Wale (Wine Pilot)
2023 Gentle Folk Vin de Sofa
Gareth Belton is on the cutting edge of the natural winemaking movement. From the soil to the glass, every effort is taken by him and his wife Rainbo to preserve the natural vitality of his organically grown fruit.
Here there's no additives, no fining. This is as un-doctored wine gets and it's a great thing to drink.
The Vin de Sofa is a pun on the French wine term Vin de Soif -"Soif means thirsty, sofa means chill". A wine of refreshment to drink anytime (sofa not necessary).
It's made from mainly Sangiovese, with supporting roles played by Pinot Noir, Gamay, Syrah, Merlot, Grenache & Mataro. Take Gareth's advice and pop this in the fridge for half an hour before drinking, it really comes to life with a chill. This fun, creative wine is best enjoyed with friends.
2022 Unico Zelo Jungle Jungle Dolcetto
The Jungle Jungle (formerly Cherry Fields) has become one of the most popular wines in the Unico Zelo range over the last couple of vintages, and it's in top form again.
It comes from the Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley, a place Brendan and Laura Carter love sourcing fruit from. When you think Dolcetto you think sweet, fruity reds, but this is anything but.
There's also now some supporting Touriga Nacional from Langhorne Creek, and a touch of Adelaide Hills Nero d'Avola.
Wildly aromatic, vibrantly juicy and surprisingly structural, this is a lot of wine built into not a lot of body. The Carters recommend this wine for "eating with your hands", and 20 minutes in the fridge would do it no harm at all. It's different, yes, but most of all it's just one of those reds that is near impossible to put down.
2023 Jumping Juice Half Full Red
The Jumpin Juice Red is a wonderful blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet from the Margaret River.
All these varieties come together to create an uber-refreshing red wine that is perfect for drinking any place, any time.
It's a tried and tested combo, and it really works a treat here. If you're looking for easy-drinking reds, you've come to the right place.
2023 Stargazer Rada
This is a delicious lighter styled red from the talented hands of Sam Connew.
Here, Sam blends Pinot Meunier from Pipers Brook with Pinot Noir from the Coal River Valley to give a summery red wine that can be enjoyed while the weather is warm.
There's sweetness from the lively Pinot Noir fruit, a touch of savouriness from the Meunier. It's packaged beautifully and ready to rip into.
If you like to have something that's red but crisp and crunchy in your glass, this is a fine choice.
- CDChris D.Verified Buyer1 year agoRated 4 out of 5 starsInteresting stuff
Quite a range here, a cracking pinot, one or two not quite my thing, but all definitely worth a try nonetheless.SelectionRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
- KOKiisha O.Verified Buyer2 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsAmazing !!
Best wines! Enjoyed every single one of the chilled reds. Can’t wait to get a new packSelectionRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
- TMThe M.Verified Buyer2 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat holiday pack
Enjoyed this pack over the Christmas period, lots of delicious easy drinking wines.SelectionRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
- HRHelena Rose F.Verified Buyer3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsBest wine mixed packs!
I ordered the Chilled reds pack and 1) online shopping experience was seamless 2) I contacted different drop on facebook and they responded almost immediately and were extremely helpful and friendly 3) pick up at warehouse was fast and efficient
Will definitely order from here again - range of wines is fantastic!SelectionRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
- AGAngelique G.Verified Buyer3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsThrilled!
Unique and juicy! This 6 pack of chilled reds was the perfect range! The Golden Child was my favorite, but not a single bottle disappointed. The only problem was there was only 6! Will be ordering double next time!SelectionRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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