There is something enchanting and romantic about cosying up in the warmth of your home with a delicious glass of red wine in hand.
Red wine in winter is just as essential as a rosé in summer, and a sip of some great reds in the evening can turn a good night into a great one. Winter and red wines work hand in hand, as the latter is known as a formidable force to keep us feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
The higher alcohol content of red wines means that your body feels warmer with each sip you take - and that’s the beauty of drinking red wine in the colder winter months. To top things off, red wine often pairs deliciously with many comfort foods that come as a necessity in having an enjoyable winter.
So without further hesitation, here are our top 5 favourite red wines that you should experience this winter.
1. Cherubino Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
As praised by James Halliday, the Cherubino Cabernet Sauvignon has a magnificent crimson purple colour reflective of its Margaret River and Great Southern siblings.
The exceptional purity and focus on full bodied black fruits, followed by a subtle tone of oak is certainly delightful on the taste buds.
Cabernet Sauvignon is great for cold weather, offering a world of complexities and flavours, layered sith plum, berries, vanilla, and pepper. It’s a semi dry and high tannin wine that weaves seamlessly with the fruity tones, offering a subtle and perfect match for winter weather.
The different flavour profiles will prove exciting as you try to decipher them sip by sip. Pair this beauty with a winter roast, brisket, or duck, as the high tannins work magnificently with meals that have high fat and protein.
2. Penfolds Bin 150 Shiraz 2018
A strong red for the colder nights that require a warming boost, the Penfolds Bin 150 Shiraz 2018 has a defining Barossa quality that is instantly recognisable and appreciated.
Each sip delivers a complex frame of mixed oaks, both American and French, with a peppery flavour that neatly wraps up the night.
Shiraz leans toward a savoury side, and you may find notes of smoke and blueberries within it. A bold palate that handles bolder dishes, Shiraz works wonders when paired with spicy meals, grilled meats, and heartier dishes.
3. Climbing Merlot 2014
The all-time favourite red wine for the winter months, Merlot is undeniably the most popular red this season. It’s mellow with the advantage of matching just about any dish you serve.
With the Climbing Merlot 2014, you will experience fruit forward flavours of ripe red berries, plum, and bell pepper. The medium palate makes this drink very versatile, and the subtle tannin levels and light oak hints will please just about any tastebud.
Climbing Merlot 2014 is sourced from the high elevations of the vineyard above 600 metres, hence the word “Climbing” integrated in its name. Exhibiting specialised winemaking techniques that deliver layers of complexity to the wine, this is a drink that must be experienced to be understood.
4. Valduero Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2001
The deep, rich, smoothness of the Valduero Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2001 will impress any red wine drinker. Offering layers of complexity with aromas of balsamic, cedar, and tobacco, the experience is appealingly romantic.
Flavours of sandalwood, roasted herbs, blackberry, espresso, and violets will lead to a magnificent finish of spicy undertones that combine both elegance and power. The Wine Advocate scored this wine a 95 out of 100.
If you’re looking for something new this winter, this is the red wine to try.
5. Brown Brothers Dolcetto & Syrah
A red wine that is unlike many others, the Brown Brothers Dolcetto & Syrah is a firm favourite for those looking for a sweet touch. Filled with scents of sweet fruit and red berries the deep red colour will have you salivating for a sip.
The palate explores flavours of strawberries and a long sweet, a hint of musk, followed by a soft finish.
This is a wine that is beautifully balanced in aromas, and makes for a perfect match to pair with a range of foods including spicy Asian to decadent desserts.
Recommended chilled, some patrons even go so far as to freeze it into a slushie for serving.
Many customers have praised this wine as being sweet but not overpoweringly sweet - making it perfect to round up your evening meal. The richness in flavours pair nicely with just about any dish.
Where you can find these red wines
Head to the Super Cellars bottle shop at the Redearth Boutique Hotel, where you can find all of these red wines above.
With deals and bargains that are hard to pass up on, you’ll be all set for winter with a shop at Super Cellars.