The festive season is upon us once more and I’m sure most of you, like me, are very much looking forward to a break. It seems to have been one of those years when there’s always something happening.
Personally, I’m looking forward to retreating to a beach to read a few mindless thrillers, watch some cricket on TV, cook a few BBQs and spend time with the family.
I am pretty sure that we will get some hot weather at some stage over the break and while cold beer and gin & tonic immediately come to mind as refreshing holiday drinks, there will still be plenty of wine involved at our place.
Here are a few of my suggestions for festive season wines from Pikes.
It’s hard to go past a chilled glass of our [Traditionale] Riesling, but this year as an alternative, try the [Impostores] Savignan. It is equally refreshing and has a different set of flavours to Riesling. Both are delicious.
Our [Valley’s End] Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is an old favourite, however a nice change-up is the [Luccio] Fiano. Soft, fleshy and totally ‘glugable’, the Fiano variety is gathering quite a following out there in the marketplace and ours is no exception.
[Luccio] Sangiovese Rosé
If a Rosé is your preferred tipple over the warmer months, then the [Luccio] Sangiovese Rosé is bound to hit the spot. The current vintage is a great “shack” wine.
4 & 5.
[Damside] Chardonnay or [Gill’s Farm] Viognier
For those who want a white with a bit more “oomph” to go with the Christmas turkey or crayfish, why not try the [Damside] Chardonnay or [Gill’s Farm] Viognier? Both will please lovers of full-bodied white wines. Both are new releases too!
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[Eastside] Shiraz and [The Dogwalk] Cabernet Merlot
And it’s not all about white wine either – don’t dismiss drinking some red wines over the break. The [Eastside] Shiraz is a super glass of wine for the money and the newly-released [The Dogwalk] Cabernet Merlot is also a beauty. 2015 was a terrific red vintage and both wines reflect this.
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[The Plantation] Grenache or the [Gill’s Farm] Mourvedre
If you want something a little lighter in body, I would suggest our [The Plantation] Grenache or the [Gill’s Farm] Mourvedre as an alternative. These red wines respond to a little chilling too. Try popping them in the fridge for an hour or so before festivities begin, and I guarantee you it will be a far better experience.
Thanks for your support during 2017 – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.