Wine Tips For Winter

With the cooler months drawing closer most of us change the way we eat and drink. Gone are the long sun filled days relaxing on balconies, the bbq's and the beach and in come the roaring fires, comfort food and rugging up. These cooler months call for a change in our vino choices too. Sav blanc and beef stew just doesnt seem to fit!

We asked Sarah Limacher, Group Sommelier at Keystone Group about what her favourite winter drops are:


Carrick 'Excelsior' Pinot Noir 2007, Central Otago, New Zealand

Pinot Noir and Autumn go hand in hand for me. This is an exceptional example of why Central Otago is a darling of the Pinot Noir world. Blackberry, cinnamon and five spice, walking the fine line of depth and elegance. Divine.

Massena Tannat 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Tannat's spiritual home is in the Basque region of France, This south australian example is an absolute winner. Pure and Rich, Bramble bush and full of gorgeous Blackcurrant flavours. A big bowl of cassoulet would be a great traditional match.

Nugan Estate 'Manuka Grove' Durif 2009, Riverina, NSW

Durif is also known as Petit Syrah and there are some fantastic examples coming out of the Riverina region of NSW. This particular style is wonderfully rich and generous with loads of black fruit, a little mocha and some dusty cedar coming through ... all you need is the fire place!


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