We’re now officially into Spring, and we’re welcoming bright sunny days, clear skies and light breezes. As the fires burn down and the heaters are put away it’s time to think about your food and drink for Spring. We love indulging in seasonal produce from the Great Southern and matching it with lighter, crisper wines. We’ve rounded up our favourite Great Southern wines for you to enjoy this Spring. From a cool, complex Riesling to light, luscious Pinot Noir and pristine, refined sparkling; there’s a wine to suit any Spring occasion!
Frankland Estate 2018 Isolation Ridge Syrah
Syrah is Shiraz’s quirky little sister – a more restrained and subtle style of Shiraz that is really making a name for itself in the wine world. The winemakers in Frankland River are producing world class Syrah, including this award winner from Frankland Estate. This beautiful (and award winning) wine is perfumed with hints of spice and white pepper and has a complex nose, reflecting depth and authenticity. Perfect to enjoy in the warmer weather, this is an elegant medium bodied wine, with Spicy plum notes and grainy, minerally tannins running deep.
Freehand 2019 Pink Nat Merlot
Think Merlot is a Winter wine? Think again! The incredible team at Freehand are known for creating new and exciting wine, and their Pink Nat is no different. With aromas of strawberry lemonade, this wine is light, juicy and fresh. Hints of strawberry, grapefruit and sherbet plus a touch of fizz make for a perfect tipple in the warmer weather.
Plantagenet 2018 Wyjup Collection Chardonnay
This beautiful wine from Plantagenet Wines in Mount Barker has an elegant and layered palate with amazing purity of fruit underpinned by complex savoury elements. Whitestone fruits and citrus are complemented by a flinty minerality. Fresh acidity and purity of fruit linger on the palate for a subtle but long finish – perfect for a long alfresco lunch in the sunshine.
Parish Lane 2013 Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a great all-rounder wine – we love a glass by the fire in Winter but pop it in the fridge for an hour and you’ve got the perfect drink for a sun-drenched afternoon BBQ. This wine is earthy, with hints of cherries and liquorice. In the mouth, the wine mixes cherry-ripe fruit and layers of spicy interest – perfectly paired with friends, sunshine, and good laughs.
Poacher’s Ridge 2011 Riesling
The Great Southern is famous for world-class Riesling, and it’s easy to see why. Perfect for Spring, this nicely aged wine has lemon and lime citrus flavours with lifted floral notes and orange blossom characters adding extra appeal. Juicy, delicate and acidic, this wine gives the grapefruit pith finish and fantastic length.