In a new monthly segment, we welcome to the TVG fold our new resident wine contributor @thenewwineguy who will be guiding us through the murky waters of all things wine related with a few decent bottles to open over the holidays to kick us off….
Xmas for most of us is a time spent with family – it can be expensive, there’s presents to buy and travel involved, so deciding on the booze to serve that will appeal to the masses can be hard work. Without breaking the bank, here are
2015 Brown Brothers Vintage Release Prosecco – serving fizz at Xmas is a no brainer and Prosecco is all the rage at the moment. It’s the Italian cousin to French Champagne and when sizing up value for money it’s hard to look past. This is light, fresh, crisp and has high levels of natural acidity with the pear and citrus characteristics shining through. Pour a glass while opening the presents from under the tree or with the prawns and salads later on.
2013 Seppelt ‘Original’ Sparkling Shiraz – if you have not embraced chilled sparkling Shiraz you are verging on being un-Australian and are seriously missing out. This should be rectified quickly as these guys make some of the best in the business. Rich and vibrant it is unmistakably Shiraz, with ripe red berry fruits filling every mouthful. This is the perfect match for turkey or chicken (hot or cold) and smoked ham.
2015 Brown Brothers King Valley Chardonnay – gaining in popularity by the day, Chardonnay is well and truly back! This is not your oaky, buttery style, but rather more lean, dry and acidic thanks to minimal contact with new oak. Sourced entirely from estate grown fruit the wine is all about the stone fruit, melons and the long crisp finish. Made to drink now rather than putting away for later, a chilled bottle or 2 of this will please most white wine drinkers no matter what is served in your house.
2014 Taylors Clare Valley Shiraz – everyone has a Dad, an uncle or family friend who ‘doesn’t drink white wine’. No matter how hot it is outside, they won’t drink beers all day so a good quality ‘go-to’ red option is an absolute must at Xmas. This fits the bill perfectly. Soft and supple, this vibrant red wine is a great combination of primary ripe red fruits, spice and chocolate. Well suited to beef and lamb, as well as Xmas cake as your festivities wind down.
2014 Grant Burge ‘5th Generation’ Barossa Valley Shiraz – you cant serve wine at Xmas without having a full bodied option. This is the rich, dark, silky bottle that those in your house who like ‘big reds’ will be drawn to. There’s plenty of spice and pepper to go with the sweet oak, a long finish and great tannin structure. Not to everyone’s liking, but those who like this style will drink it all afternoon.
The key to wine at Xmas is having booze that appeals to a broad audience and these tick all the boxes. Widely available at most bottle stores, there’s no excuse not to pick up a few of these on Xmas eve in anticipation of a cracking day spent with family and/or friends. What these 6 wines potentially lack in overall complexity they make up for in drinkability and affordability. They are all crowd pleasers perfectly suited to large gatherings, that won’t overawe the ‘non winos’ around your Xmas dinner table, but will similarly keep those who know a thing or two interested.
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