A collection of reds from Aussie producers we love—from light and ethereal Pinot Noir through to dark, spice-laden Syrah, there's something from everyone.
2021 Brash Higgins 'MCC' McLaren Vale, SA
Ruby red with an attractive nose of clove, cinnamon, cherries and roses, the MCC delivers wildness and perfume in equal measures. Sweet red fruit contrasts the spiciness on the palate and finishes clean, dry and focused with rose petal and cherry notes on the after breath. Good acidity keeps the wine bright and fresh faced, albeit rustic and food friendly. Think Aussie Cotes du Rhone
2020 Nocturne Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River, Wa
From the famed The Sheoak vineyard, this is expressive, medium-bodied, silkily structured Cabernet Dark-fruit flavours and high notes of cassis and warm spice frame this slightly more brooding release of the Nocturne SV. While it’s amazingly accessible on release, this wine would love to see a few years in the cellar.
2021 Stoney Rise Trousseau Tamar Valley, Tas
Exciting stuff right here, Trousseau from Tassie. Young vines, about seven years old, estate fruit, aged in clay amphora pots. There is plenty of Turkish Delight going on here, with some stewed raspberries on the palate. Fresh and juicy.
2020 Jarrod Kiven Syrah Pyrenees, Vic
Jarrod worked—and continues to work—in finance to finance his love of making wine. The picture of the young, rootless (pun fully intended) 21st century winemaker, Jarrod upended his life to move to France for a few vintages and the experience speaks for itself in the quality of his first(!) release. Deep both in colour and mouthfeel and opening generously after each sip. Slightly smokey, slightly herbal and mighty impressive. Time will be an ally here, both in glass and bottle.
2021 Koerner 'La Korse' Clare Valley, SA
Brothers Damon and Jono Koerner are doing good things in the Clare Valley. They showcase the region through lenses old and new, championing both classic expressions of Riesling, Cabernet and Malbec alongside interesting varieties like Sciacarello and Vermentino. This moreish Corsican-inspired blend of Sangiovese, Grenache, Sciacarello is fermented and aged in stainless steel and has freshness in spades. Seductive medium-bodied goodness that is an absolute crowd pleaser.
2021 Stefano Lubiana 'Primavera' Pinot Noir Derwent Valley, Tas
Stalwart biodynamic winemaker Steve Lubiana is meticulous both in the vineyard and cellar. Unsurprisingly, this approach results in precise and expressive wines that showcase the best of south-eastern Tasmania. Primavera is made to be approachable, with silky tannins, soft acidity and great generosity of fruit. A beautiful soft red wine with a natural medium body that has great drinkability.