The best red wines in 2022 for this autumn and winter

Warm up this season with the perfect glass of red.

Explore our top 8 red wines for autumn and winter in 2022 and use their flavour profiles and food pairings to help curate your seasonal menu.

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Varietals

Capel Vale Debut Malbec

Capel Vale Debut Malbec (193572) is a full bodied red made from exceptional quality fruit with high flavour concentration. A soft and juicy expression of the style, this wine shows flavours of rich plums, dark cherries with a hint of tobacco. A great wine to drink on release, this malbec is best paired with smoked meats and lamb tagines.

Cabernet sauvignon

Mr Brown’s Posy Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Produced in Western Australia’s Margaret River, Mr Brown’s Posy Cabernet Sauvignon (203984) is led by aromas of dark red berry fruits and dried herbs. Followed by flavours of blackcurrant, dark plum and mocha flavours wrapped in fine silky tannins, this wine pairs brilliantly with aged semi-hard cheeses like an aged cheddar or gouda. The fattiness of the cheese tames the boldness of the cabernet sauvignon, making it less harsh and more approachable.

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Merlot

Capel Vale Debut Merlot

Capel Vale Debut Merlot (206634) possesses a classic Margaret River nose of cassis, mulberries and capsicum. Its fermentation and development in French and American oak gives this wine a delicious mouthful of sweet fruit with notes of chocolate, cedar and plums. When pairing this wine with food, lighter meats like chicken, turkey and duck all bode well.

Pinot noir

OTU Classic Pinot Noir

Luscious strawberry aromas with elegant cedar notes leap from the glass. The OTU Classic Pinot Noir (191652) shows flavours of ripe red plum and plush cherries, supported by sinuous savoury hints of mushroom. Notes of cedar come through in the palate as a wonderful background hint. Perfect now, it will develop more savoury characters over the next five years with careful storage. Its red fruit flavours, light tannins and earthy aromas make it ideal for the finer flavours of duck and other game birds.

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Blends

62 Above Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

This benchmark blend cabernet merlot from Western Australia exhibits an abundance of lifted aromas of dark red fruits. Its juicy flavours of cassis and mulberry fill the palate, followed by notes of french oak and silky-smooth tannins. Slow cooked beef pot roast pairs perfectly with 62 Above Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (204600) as the richness of fatty meat goes beautifully with the tannins – giving the wine a smoother mouthfeel.

Rosé

Barristers Block Poetic Justice Charlize Rosé

Featuring a stunning array of summer fruits and berries, the Barristers Block Poetic Justice Charlize Rosé (204581) is characterised by delicate floral spices of almond blossom and rosewater. Of a pale pink appearance, its flavours have a pearlike lift, tasting like a melange of limes, pears and berries. With a very good line of crisp acidity, this wine provides a deliciously fresh and vibrant finish and pairs well with light salads, light pasta and rice dishes – especially those with seafood.

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Shiraz

Mt Yengo Shiraz

Of a crimson purple colour, the South Australian 2019 Mt Yengo Shiraz (206745) is one of the brand’s signature wines. With aromas of spicy forest berries and dark cherry notes balanced by velvety tannins and the savoury but warm texture of vanilla, this full flavoured, mellow wine is beautiful on its own, but even more so when paired with marinated or barbecued meats.

Tempranillo

Barristers Block Tempranillo

Barristers Block Tempranillo (204523) is matured in selected fine grained French barriques for 15 months which gives it a silky and clean taste, complete with aromas of lifted berries and glacé cherries over a base of tobacco, leather and vanilla. Its flavour is driven by plum, cherry bonbon notes with savoury elements of dark chocolate, cigar box and spices – making it a great pair with tapas, cured meats and linguica.

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