Winter is here and it's red season!

Winter is here and it's red season!

Winter is an exciting time for red wine enthusiasts. As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, we tend to move towards more bold and lavish reds – the perfect way to get through the cold winter months ahead.

Get cosy and read our blog to learn more about why red wine suits winter fare, the slumber party happening in the vineyard and some of our favourite comforting reds.


It’s only natural that during the winter months we crave a glass of red! Red wines generally have a higher alcohol and tannin content compared to white wines, and this can actually cause a warming effect on your body. Not only that, but red wine is usually drunk at room temperature meaning that you’re not drinking a cold beverage on a cold night!

There’s also a natural affinity between your favourite winter meal and a glass of your favourite red – red wines are the perfect pairing to a number of classic winter dishes. Want to take Sunday night’s roast dinner to the next level? Try pairing the plump and silky Evans & Tate 2019 Redbrook Estate Shiraz with slow cooked pork shoulder and fennel and rosemary roasted pumpkin. Or for the ultimate decadent treat try the luscious Millbrook NV Limited Release Pedro Ximénez with a vegan eggplant brownie, topped with chopped walnuts.



Whether you’re sipping a wine by the fire or pairing it with your favourite winter comfort food – we’ve got a wine that suits the occasion. Explore some of our favourite comforting reds to crack open this winter.

Evans & Tate 2019 Redbrook Estate Shiraz

“Hand-picked, 90% whole bunches, wild ferment, matured for 9 months in old, large-format French oak. This kind of vinification should be more widespread in Margaret River, where the shiraz fruit doesn't respond as well to heavy doses of oak as it does in South Australia. It's a different beast here, responding to a soft hand, and this wine is testament to the goods that such an attitude can yield. Spicy, silky and plump: this is an elegant wine and it has been treated as such.”

- 94 Points, Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2023

Millbrook NV Limited Release Pedro Ximénez

“The latest blend of the Millbrook PX is an expressive fortified wine, exhibiting rich aromas of raisins and toffee. The wine has a luscious, generous palate of caramel, creamed honey, dried fruits and chocolate pastry. This is a highly anticipated wine each year. Loved equally by the winery crew and customers, with the limited stock allowing us to make the most of blending small, cellar-aged fractions from our 'solera' barrels.”

- Emma Gillespie, Millbrook Winemaker

Deep Woods 2020 Estate Cabernet Merlot

“2020 was a glorious vintage and it's here for all to see. Structural, dense, concentrated and broody, the length of flavour tails out through the long finish – in fact, far longer than any $35* wine has any business being.”

- 94 Points, Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2023

*Please note this wine is $40

Dalwhinnie Moonambel 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2018 Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon is fleshy and bright in the glass, but the fruit—succulent as it is—is underpinned by a foundation of rock and minerals. The tannins are firm for sure; they frame the wine and assist the fruit in its journey across the palate. Polished yet with an open weave and complex in a black way, this is a bit of a marvel.

- 95 Points, Erin Larkin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate 2022

Millbrook 2020 Estate Shiraz Viognier

“Wow, there is plenty happening here. It’s dark and almost opaque in colour. Comes off a small vineyard on the estate which is very low-yielding. That accounts for the concentration and fruit power. The viognier is hidden at first but then merges with its spicy ginger and orange peel character.”

- 95 Points, Ray Jordan, Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2023

Smithbrook 2018 Single Vineyard Nebbiolo

“Hand-picked, crushed and destemmed into a small open fermenter, 4 weeks on skins. Special care to manage tannin extraction and promote fruit retention was an unqualified success. It's not full-bodied, but the flavours and wild forest fruits and red cherries come through well. And the price!”

- 94 Points, James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021

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  • Great read! I love a good drop of red during winter.


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