Summer is over and winter is just around the corner. We need some wines to keep us warm at night. These are some serious red wines with power and presence. Get stuck in!
Blood Moon Wines Autumn Moon Shivers 2020
This is a ripper drink. Savouriness to the fore, inky dark fruit too, exotic spice, some earthiness, sprigs of mixed dried herb, brined black olive. Yummo. Hits the palate just under medium weight, crunchy then grippy with a web of fine, al dente tannins. - The Wine Front
Harrison Black Hound Syrah 2019
Syrah from the cool climes of the Adelaide Hills. These grapes are sourced from the Murdoch Hill vineyard just outside of Oakbank. 100% carbonic maceration. 10 months in seasoned French oak. Spicy and floral, this Syrah leaps from the glass. Loads of plush dark berries, olive tapenade and sweet bun spice are coiled around an arrow of powdery, fine boned tannins.
Decadent but refreshing, this little thing is like eating pepperoni pizza in a freshly run bath. - Harrison Wines
Rasa Wines Little Liar Red 2019
A great blend of grenache and mouvedre coming from Andy Cummins of Rasa Wines in the Barossa Valley. Some co-fermentation, some whole-bunch action going on here - and in the end a juicy, delicious wine.
Torzi Matthews Francesca Grillo Collina Calcarea Syrah 2020
Winemaker Dom Torzi is such a bloody legend, infectious to be around, and produces some of the most honest, value-for-money wines coming out of South Australia. This red is old school in style - a throwback to the stuff his family would have made under the house/in the garage/out the back shed - a slurpy, brightly flavoured, gluggable red of juiciness, spice, light herbal character. Whatever the words are, this is to be drunk with gusto, maybe with a light chill, maybe from the bottle itself. Forza, Dom!
Tampopo Holus Bolus Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
This is a 100% whole bunch cabernet (with conversation and inspiration from Timo Mayer!) from Canobolas Smith in Orange, a thirty-year-old, dry grown vineyard. Serious expression here, inky in colour and flavours, blackcurrants and black olive, a wall of firm, succulent tannin, a flicker of plummy sweetness and blackberry jam to finish. It's a bolder, bigger red; a wine of power and presence yet seems uncanilly fresh and lifted too. Charming stuff, in a vigorous, muscular way. - The Wine Front
Monte Delle Vigne Lambrusco 2018
Red and white checked tablecloth Italian, suburban restaurants with raffia-basket base Chianti bottle candles and the aromas of old pizza and sweet tang of red sauce. It's the home ground for rich, foamy, dark, sweet Lambrusco... and this at the other end of the spectrum... crisp, tiny bubbles, bright, lighter red berry fruitiness, a good dusting of earthy spice and green herbs. Fresh, frisky pet nat vibes. It's a delight.