As the weather gets cooler, most of us tend to go for heavier and bolder styles of wine. We no longer crave a crisp, cold glass of Sauv Blanc; instead we are looking for comfort wines, the ones that pair with hearty, carb-loaded winter meals. So grab a good book, your cosiest blanket, and pour a glass of one of these rich and full-bodied wines to warm you up from the inside out.
Generally a rich and fruit-driven variety, Merlot is a great wine to enjoy as the weather starts to turn. Full of juicy raspberry and mulberry flavours, the Handpicked Regional Selections Yarra Valley Merlot has typical soft Merlot tannins. Tannin in wine comes from grape skins and oak barrels; it’s all about texture, mouthfeel and structure. Merlot is known for its generous soft tannins, which are not overly drying. In this wine they leave a smooth feeling in the aftertaste and the berry fruit flavours linger in the medium finish.
This Merlot pairs beautifully with a slow roasted pork belly, such as this one from Jamie Oliver.
If you are looking for a powerful, warming Shiraz, you cannot go past the Barossa Valley. One of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Barossa consistently produces big, bold styles of red wine full of flavour and punch. The Handpicked Collection Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. A beautiful balance of spicy fruit and oak character, this rich and full-bodied wine would age well for 20 years - if you’ve got the patience for that!
If, like us, you would prefer to crack open a bottle now, this complex and savoury style of wine would be delicious with grilled or BBQ Lamb; try this recipe from the team over at foodandwine.com.
Due to what seems like a bit of favouritism from Mother Nature, Margaret River is one of the most reliable wine regions in Australia. Repeatedly delivering solid full-bodied wines with great depth flavour, Margaret River is the perfect place to find a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon to comfort you as the chilly weather sets in. The Handpicked Collection Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon is a warm hug in a glass, with its soothing aromas of chocolate and deep, dark berry flavours. Plush tannins create a long finish that washes over you like a relaxing sigh.
Cooler weather and a rich and full-bodied wine like this are screaming out to you to make a mushroom pie; try this one celebrating Australian Mushrooms.
Cooler weather doesn’t have to mean switching exclusively to reds; a full-bodied white such as a barrel-fermented Chardonnay can be just as satisfying. Fermentation in French oak barrels builds creaminess in Chardonnay wines, which, when balanced with melon flavours and subtle citrus acidity, as in Handpicked’s Collection Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay, makes the perfect winter white.
Serve this wine with a fresh salmon dish and you might even forget how cold it is out there! We love this Wild Rice and Salmon with Lemon and Dill recipe from the team at Good Foods.
As it gets colder it’s tempting to lock yourself in your heated house, wrapped in a cosy blanket with a hot water bottle warming your feet, and we fully support that. Let us help you hibernate with our Wines for the Cooler Months range. We promise you it'll warm and heal your soul.