Time of year has so much to do with what’s good to eat and drink. The wine you want in spring and summer is different to winter. With that in mind, here are 9 perfect Autumn wines from Australia.
Autumn has to be my favourite season. The colours as the leaves change, the calm after the summer storm and, in Sydney specifically, probably the best weather too.
The days are still warm but no humidity, the nights are fresh but not yet cold, and we’re given a good excuse to enjoy a whole new variety of food and drink.
These Australian wines work well with all these elements—especially when you pair it with those autumnal flavours we find on our plates during this beautiful season.
1. McGuigan NV Zero Sparkling
The range of alcohol-free products around now shows a real drive towards higher quality 0% drinks, and the McGuigan NV Zero Sparkling shows just how far things have come.
Perfect for those Autumn lunches when you want to be part of the party but need to drive later, this sparkling retains the elegant refreshing characters with plenty of green apple and crisp pears notes. Add a bit of cheese or charcuterie for the full experience.
2. McGuigan 2021 The Shortlist Limestone Coast Premium Cuvée
Produced in the Hunter Valley but made with fruit from the Limestone Coast in southeastern SA, this Premium Cuvée starts with citrus and stone fruit notes and finishes with a nuttiness of nougat.
Ideal for an aperitif, paired with a cheese board full of harvest goodies, this elegant sparkling wine is a great party starter.
3. Tempus Two 2013 Pewter Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay
From Tempus Two’s flagship Pewter range, the 2013 Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay using Adelaide Hills fruit is a superb example of the highest quality Aussie bubbles.
Beautifully balanced lively citrus and minerality with the sweetness and comfort of apple pie and buttered toast, this is much more than an aperitif sparkling.
Pair with Thai-style whole crispy sea bass, Singapore chilli crab or fresh prawns.
4. John Wallace 2021 The Sisters Chardonnay
From this one-man winery in the Hunter Valley (owner-winemaker Richard Done is also Bimbadgen’s top gun) comes John Wallace Wines’ latest.
A classic easy-drinking Hunter Chardonnay with clever touches of citrus amongst the rich stone fruits and dried apricot. A nuance of oak from its barrel-ferment elevates this wine’s complexity and structure.
Everything from oysters to a grilled cheese sandwich will go beautifully with this fun wine for Autumn.
5. Tempus Two 2014 Uno Semillon
Hunter Valley winemakers will go all misty-eyed when you mention 2014. Heralded as a ‘one-in-a-hundred vintage’, 2014 delivered some of the best wine the Hunter’s produced in a century.
Tempus Two’s Uno range represents the very best of its work, hand-selecting the finest fruit from around the region, the winemakers only craft Uno wines in small batches.
The stars align with this wine, taking the best grapes from the Hunter Valley’s greatest vintage and creating a Semillon for the ages. If you can hold off drinking it a while longer, this wine will show that amazing transformation of aged Semillon.
But if you can’t wait, enjoy with roast chicken, spaghetti cacio e pepe or spicy Southeast Asian dishes.
6. McGuigan 2019 Cellar Select Summer Shiraz
Seeing as summer in 2022 was so bad, it feels right that we include this wine for Autumn.
Richer and somewhat sweeter than your usual Shiraz yet still full-bodied and beautifully structured, McGuigan’s Cellar Select Summer Shiraz uses later-harvest grapes to create this opulent Barossa Valley wine.
This Shiraz works well with the usual red meat dishes, but also as an aperitif when chilled.
7. John Wallace 2021 BPD Shiraz
Named after owner-winemaker Richard Done’s parents’ initials (Barry and Prue Done), the BDP Shiraz from John Wallace Wines is a dangerously drinkable drop.
Bright yet deep flavours of red berries and dark stone fruits balance smartly up against well-barrelled oakiness.
Prime for a mid-Autumn barbecue, this wine is the fun that serious wine drinkers should look for.
8. Tempus Two 2019 Copper Shiraz
Managing to combine a lively palate with elegance and a sumptuous finish isn’t easy, but Tempus Two have managed to do so with this medium-bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz.
Ripe fruits, dark chocolate and a savoury mineral vein running through it, this old-world style Shiraz is the best friend of rich red meats and cheese boards.
9. Bimbadgen 2018 Signature Shiraz
From this iconic Hunter Valley winery, the Bimbadgen Signature Shiraz is deal for cooler evenings and hearty meals.
A warming dark cherry and black brambly fruit aromas, and more berry and biscuity flavours on the palate, an oaky spice from 16 months in old and new French oak barriques ties it all together.
Drink this wine with your steak dinner or rich, cheesy pasta al forno dishes or even a Greek moussaka.