You see rain clouds? We see red wine. Funny how that can happen....
It's all about perspective. To us, storm clouds on the horizon mean nights inside with the fire going and friends over. So our pick of the On The Vine Winter catalogue have us excited already.
Drop into any one of THESE STORES and pick up these guys:
Wallace by Ben Glaetzer, Shiraz Grenache, Barossa Valley 2016
Absolutely nothing whispers 'winter' more eloquently than grenache. This is a modern and elegant shiraz grenache from the Barossa - it has all the warming embrace from the shiraz, tempered and brightened by the exuberance and the sweet, sweet berry fruit from the grenache. This is everything.
S.C. Pannell Tempranillo Touriga, McLaren Vale 2016
This spicy blend is definitely what we need. We know the virtues of tempranillo (floral fragrance - sometimes meaty - not in this case, bright purple fruit and good structure - tannins make themselves known), but the touriga? Said 'too-ree-gah' this is the cornerstone variety of Portuguese Port. Its full name is Touriga Nacional. Touriga gives structure, power, perfume and tannins. So a perfect bedfellow for temp. Left in the hands of the talented Steve Pannell - this wine is a wonder. Plough through one of these with a sicilian pizza topped with spicy pepperoni, and anchovies.
Woodlands Clementine 2016
Always happy to end on a classy note. This is pure swank. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 15% Merlot, and 14% Petit Verdot. Nothing says slick, polished, well-put-together and delicious like Margaret River does, and if Margs can give the words, then Woodlands is the voice. I'm not surprised that this made it through round after round of blind tasting by the OTV panel - it's practically a beacon of deliciousness. (Not a word. Don't care.)