Q – What’s the perfect wine for Christmas Day?
A – I think Christmas Day is the perfect occasion for wine. There’s no single wine that encapsulates the day, so it’s best to match wine with what you’re eating.
There has to be sparkling to start the celebration, riesling for seafood and chardonnay for turkey. You won’t find a better match than rose to go with ham, while cabernet sauvignon is perfect with roast red meats.
In true Christmas spirit, we’re giving away the wines featured here – six mixed cases to share with friends and family on Christmas Day.
Worth $160 each. To enter to go to: theweeklyreview.com.au/competitions
Stewart & Prentice Paradise Garage
Brut NV (Gippsland) $26; 11.5%
The Prentice mentioned in the label is Neil, who’s behind the excellent wines of Moondarra and Holly’s Garden.
There’s the lightest hint of pink to this complex and refreshing methode Champenoise sparkling, with intense cherry, lemon, stonefruit and truffle flavours.
Enjoy with Oysters
Irvine Springhill Riesling 2016
(Eden Valley) $22; 12.8%
The Eden Valley is one of our great riesling regions.
Floral lime cordial and honeysuckle aromas lead to a racy palate of lime and grapefruit, with a powdery grip that makes the intense flavours linger with persistence.
Enjoy with Cold, cooked prawns
Juniper Crossing Chardonnay 2016
(Margaret River) $23; 13%
Margaret River’s power and presence is on show, with melon, white peach and citrus aromas.
It’s rich and textural, but with vibrancy and refreshment.
Enjoy with Roast chicken and turkey
Penley Estate Electra Pinot Noir Rose 2016
(Coonawarra) $20; 12.5%
Pinot noir makes for a great rose and there’s a great mix of cherry, watermelon and strawberry aromas hiding here.
Texture, savoury, spicy berry flavours – the hallmarks of modern rose – are delicious.
Enjoy with Honey-glazed ham
Turkey Flat Butcher’s Block 2015
(Barossa Valley) $20 ; 14.8%
This blend of shiraz, grenache and mataro, with its heady array of dark berry, liquorice and leather aromas, is a stunner.
It’s a bargain, too. Rich blackberry, bittersweet chocolate and raspberry flavours seal the deal.
Enjoy with T-bone steaks
Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
(Margaret River) $49; 14%
Composed and measured, this smells of blackcurrant, bramble, vanilla and an old, wooden cigar box. It’s elegant, but with gentle driving power, great balance and structure, fine tannins, bright acid and length.
Enjoy with Roast lamb