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Wines To Warm Your Heart

With Brisbane temperatures dipping below 18 degrees of an evening now, seems like the locals have their feathers ruffled. Out come the beanies, scarves and all those things we need to keep warm when winter hits. It’s a great relief many locals don’t live in Melbourne!

But as good as it is to warm the outside, it’s just as important to warm our innards. So why not snuggle up to some wines which will give you the warm and fuzzies whilst lying lazily on the lounge.

White wines are more suited to warmer days, however, there are plenty in the market which are easy to cuddle. Try this Yelland & Papps Second Take Roussanne 2013 ($40) from the Barossa Valley. There’s a little bit of an ugly duckling factor here – it’s cloudy and confronting, but damn it tastes so good. Very good! The first release of this wine was a runaway success. Hello edition two and I can only see it also being sold out again...and probably faster! Unfiltered and unfined the wine sat in French oak (11% new) for eleven months and only 850 were bottles produced.  There's a Willie Smith's cider aroma thing jumping from the glass. Citrus zest and white flowers too. A deliciously textured palate with excellent length, it's one of those wines you can happily sip away at.  Most certainly something different and I do love different.  Rip in!!  Grab it from Spiros at Paddington and Purple Palate at Hawthorne.

A red well worth looking for is Duck Duck Goose Shiraz 2012 ($17). Everyone loves a bargain and I reckon this has super bargain factor written all over it. A label from the Barossa Valley's Rocland Estate, all the elements of a good approachable wine are present.

Duck Duck Goose Shiraz 2012 label

Some sweet fruit kicks things off, then there’s an abundance of blueberries and chocolate to chew on. The highlight for me though was the juicy fruit which was soft and super smooth. An impressive length only entices another sip. Available at Dan Murphy’s.

by Steve from QWine 

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