Here are five perfectly suited wines for the autumn months where the nights sadly draw in and the temperatures start to dip, not to mention the return of consistent rain!
The ’09 vintage in Bordeaux delivered wines with lovely freshness and winemaker at Chateau Fayau, Jean Medeville, is a master of harnessing the most from those conditions, extracting lovely fleshy texture to his wines. We’re four years on from vintage now and this wine has matured excellently. Retention of lovely ripe fruit is perfect, developing extra earthy complexity and retaining that wonderful toastiness.
Sancho Garces is a precision product. Only select bunches of the best fruit, from the oldest, best situated vineyards was to be used. It’s all softened by ageing in French and American barrels from top coopers. The resulting wine is richly textured with layers of spicy red and black fruit. Incredibly smooth and perfect for a warming autumn dish – pork and butterbean stew is ideal and chuck in some chorizo for that traditional Spanish feel.
This lovely, richly flavoured Shiraz from legendary Aussie winemaker Gregg Follett is a real belter. There’s elegance to this wine that makes a welcome change from the all so familiar full-on offerings from Down Under. It doesn’t lack for concentration of fruit but it has a gentle side to its character. Full of plum and cassis with a little dusting of dark chocolate and ideally suited to evening meals that include cuts of steak.
This is a stunning Portuguese red that has an incredibly modern feel to it. It possesses zero of the rustic qualities this fabulous wine producing country is often guilty of. There’s a freshness and brightness to the fruit and aromatically it is spicy and engaging. I really think if more producers in Portugal can use this wine as a ‘role model’ we’d be clamouring to have them in our wine racks.
Although we instantly think about red wines at this time of year you shouldn’t overlook the virtues of a good bottle of white. Wines made from Chardonnay are just the ticket. This offering is an exclusive for Familia Zuccardi blended from selected parcels earlier this year. There’s delicious crisp orchard fruit concentration, touches of tropical pineapple and the oak is used perfectly, rounding it all off and adding just a touch of density to the palate and a creaminess to the finish.