As the Nelson days get noticably shorter and the nights cooler, there is a natural progression to make the move from lighter summer foods to comforting autumn foods. With that in mind you’ll want your wines to feel a little warmer too… Queue red wines!
Light, fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc will always be popular. But at this time of year we tend to turm to richer wines, like Chardonnay and warm red wines. Fresh Choice Nelson has an enormous range of wines for you to choose from. Ranging in price from $10 a bottle all the way up to $90 a bottle. I believe some of the best value wines are in the $15 to $25 range. When these are on promotion you get even better value!
Wines like the Jonny Q, 30 Mile, Shot in The Dark and Red Knot from Australia, all deliver rich, warm and intensely ripe fruit flavours that are dangerously easy to drink and are all less than $20 a bottle.
For outstanding value I think you should check out two wines in particular, the first is the Shot in the dark Cabernet Shiraz 2015, currently on promotion at $14.99, saving $4. The Shiraz brings intense berryfruit flavours to the party, while the Cabernet adds some Tannin complexity.
The other wine I strongly recommend you try comes from Hawke’s Bay. The Leveret Estate 2014 Syrah, currently on promotion at $16.99, again saving $4. This is packed with warm plum and soft spice characters. The 2014 vintage in Hawke’s Bay was exceptional, and to find a wine like this for less than $25 is a real treat!
If you’re not sure about which red wines to choose, ask one of the knowledgeable staff members at Fresh Choice Nelson, they love to talk about wine!
Thanks to our wine expert, Neil Hodgson for sharing his favourite picks for Autumn in this week’s blog