10 ‘winter wines’ that won’t break the bank

June 27, 2019


1) Misha’s Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017, $28


Pinot Gris is fantastic with spicy food, so if you’ve got an Indian or Thai curry on the menu, this highly fragrant drop will be an impressive and refreshing match with its delicious pear, lychee and stone fruit flavours.

2) Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Gris 2017, $27


Featuring a complex nose of Nashi pear, orange peel, toasted almonds and ripe stone fruit, this pinot gris is partly barrel-fermented for a more complex flavour. The result is a wine that is both rich and fresh, but with a clean, dry finish.

3) Maison Noire Cabernet/Merlot 2016, $25


If you prefer medium-bodied reds, this blend of Cabernet Franc (48 per cent), Merlot (45 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (7 per cent), hits the spot with fragrant plum and redcurrant fruits, a hint of herbs and spices, and a smooth finish. A delightful match with Mediterranean meals.

4) Misha’s Vineyard, “Impromptu” – Pinot Noir 2016, $30


It’s hard to beat a pinot noir in winter and this impressive wine scored 93/100 by Sam Kim and 4.5 stars from Michael Cooper. It showcases aromas of wild raspberry and chocolate, with sweet succulent strawberry flavours and pairs beautifully with red and white meats as well as creamy cheese.

5) Luna Estate Pinot Noir Estate Pinot Noir 2016, $26


A medium-bodied wine with sweet, juicy and lively fruit flavours of rich, red cherries and berries and a hint of herbs, earth and spicy oak notes. This one is absolutely wonderful when matched with chicken or pork.

6) Johanneshof Pinot Noir Rosé, $25.99


This melon-coloured Rosé has delicate aromas of ripe strawberries, berry, melon and peach. It’s well-structured and complex with a crisp acidity that makes it wonderful paired with grilled fish and vegetables, a roast chicken or a creamy pasta.

7) Nor’wester by Greystone Pinot Noir 2016, $29


Rated 4.5 Stars by Winestate Magazine and 94 Points by Sam Kim (Wine Orbit), this bold, silky drop reveals flavours of Black Doris plums, dark berry fruits and earthy truffles, while the soft dry tannins are balanced with a flavourful finish.

8) Linden Estate 2016 Syrah, $30


If hearty casseroles, game meats or lamb shanks are on the menu, make a match with this Syrah with its soft, velvety tannins and long finish. Its flavours of Damson Plum, berries, forest floor, brambles, dried herbs, cedar, spice and white pepper are ideal with red meats.

9) Lamont Therapy Pinot Noir, $30


Rated 17.5+/20 by Raymond Chan, this medium-full bodied pinot noir showcases flavours of ripe, dark cherry, blackberries, dried herbs and a hint of liquorice. A delicious match with either white or red meats this winter.

10) Te Aro Wines 2017 ‘Tastes Like’ Syrah, $30


Perfect with a rich, tomato-based pasta or a wood-fired pizza, this elegant, light-medium bodied wine  reveals flavours of blackberry, white pepper, dark raspberries and a hint of spice and has a moderately lingering finish.