Long hot days, seafood barbeques, balmy evenings and al fresco dining—all quintessential Australian summer experiences that can only be made better by one thing… the perfect summer wine list! Time to unleash your inner sommelier and explore the eight vinos you’ll be drinking this summer.
De Bortoli Prosecco
Summer is all about kicking back and having fun, and this prosecco by De Bortoli seems to capture just that. Teeny tiny bubbles and a soft finish mean it’s easy to drink, and makes for a great foundation in summertime cocktails like Bellinis and Aperol Spritz. Lively and fun, the cool, retro looking label will impress the guests at your garden soiree, whilst the pocket friendly price tag will have you searching this one out all summer long.
Born and Raised: The Chance 2015 Field Blend
Whether it’s a trusted sauv blanc or your old favourite pinot noir, it’s sometimes too easy to fall back on the drops we know and love. Be a little rebellious this summer and give ‘The Chance 2015 Field Blend’ by alternative winemaker Born and Raised a go. Made with grapes from Victoria’s Heathcote wine region, the unusual white is a blend of Riesling, moscato, giallo and gewürztraminer—a refreshing break from the norm that goes perfectly with spicy dishes and good, strong cheese.
Prosecco di Conegliano Cuvee 46 Parallelo DOCG
Everybody loves a bit of sparkle come summer, and with rumours of a prosecco shortage continuing to abound, now’s the time to stock up! Sydney based, Italian bred importer, ‘The Wog With The Grog’ have brought in the exceedingly delicious Il Colle Prosecco from the northern Italian region of Veneto just in time for the warmer months. Much more purse friendly than its French cousin Champagne, this one will have you popping corks at every event from picnics in the park to glitzy get-togethers all summer long.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
This year sees renowned Kiwi winemaker Cloudy Bay turn the big 3-0, and to celebrate, they’ve pulled out all the stops with their latest vintage sauvignon blanc. With grapes sourced from the sub-regions of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, a difficult season hasn’t stopped the expert vintners from turning out a stunning and highly ageable wine that’s bursting with citrus notes like grapefruit and kaffir lime. Want to know the secret to their staying power? The proof is in the pouring.
Lindeman's Gentleman’s Collection Chardonnay 2015
Move over ladies, this one’s for the boys (kidding, this is perfect for allll of us adults)! Much loved Australian wine brand Lindeman’s have unveiled a quirky little chardonnay number as part of ‘The Gentleman’s Collection’, a range of wines aimed at the millennial male. The medium-bodied white is a tasty blend of tropical flavours and just the right amount of oakiness, making it a great all-rounder whatever your gender. Each bottle comes complete with a set of handy hints and tips on how to be a proper gent, so that’s the stocking filler for the man in your life sorted.
Bird In Hand D&B ‘Pour Les Amour’ Sparkling 2015
Husband and wife team, designer Dan Single and model Bambi Northwood-Blyth are fast gaining a reputation for themselves in the winemaking world. Following up the success of their 'Pour les Amour' Rosé 2015, their follow up collaboration with award winning Adelaide Hills winery Bird In Hand, ‘Pour Les Amour’ Sparkling 2015 is like summer in a glass. Made from 100% Adelaide Hills grown grapes, the sparkling pinot noir hints of fresh strawberries, cherries and red apple. Pop this one open for cheeky a pre-dinner aperitif, and keep pouring till the bubbles stop.
Bimbagen’s 2015 MCA Wine Series
It’s the 15th year in a row that iconic Hunter Valley winery Bimbadgen has partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), and like a fine wine, the collaboration just gets better with age. This year’s releases form the Bimbadgen MCA Wine Series XV, and their 2015 Riesling from Orange is the ideal tipple for summer. The wine itself is outstanding, with captivating aromas of mandarin peel and grapefruit, but what really makes this one jump off the shelf is the fabulous label, featuring artwork ‘The European’ by Laith McGregor. If you like your vino with a dash of culture, this is the one for you.
Graham Norton's Sauvignon Blanc
You might not immediately associate comedian Graham Norton with the art of winemaking, but his partnership with innovative wine brand Invivo Wines makes for a very pleasant surprise. Following on from a sellout 2014 offering, wine lover Norton has had a huge amount of input into the second of the Graham Norton sauvignon blancs, which features grapes from three of Invivo’s Marlborough growers and results in a unique wine that leaves a real zing on the palate—no summer beach barbeque will be complete without it.
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