Best wines for autumn 2021 put to the test
Autumn nights are the perfect time to discover new wines.
Snuggling down in a warm and comfortable nest can only be improved with the addition of a complex red or a cool white.
Here we put nine options to the test.
Yalumba The Signature 2015 / 2016, £35, Majestic, Waitrose Cellar
One to look forward to all week, this iconic blend can match sweet and salty food combinations and is being marketed as the ideal accompaniment to a Christmas ham.
It is not overly festive but slipped down oh-so-easily, with a classic finish. Each bottle bears the story of an individual who has made a contribution to the vineyard, which is a lovely touch from Australia’s oldest family-owned winery.
The Society's Claret 2020, £6.95
This well-priced claret is one to stock up on for gatherings and cold winter nights.
It’s as ripe as can be and bursting with high quality berry flavour.
The Society's Chablis 2020, £14.95
Mineral is the word that comes to mind when the first splash of this fine Chablis meets your tongue.
A classy choice to go with seafood.
Both the Chablis and the Claret feature in The Society’s Joy of Wine Experience Home Tasting Kit, with ten carefully selected bottles, notes, guidance and links to videos, for £98.
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Vasse Felix 2019 Chardonnay, £25, Harvey Nichols, Specialist Cellars
Try something different with Vasse Felix wines made in one of the most isolated wine regions in the world.
This white would make a lovely gift for a wine fan; it has been created with tender, loving care and tastes intense for it, as well as cool and balanced.
Vasse Felix 2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, £30, Wine Direct, The Secret Cellar
This sister wine is what the Margaret River is known for. A blend of three grapes makes for a beautiful glass with a floral finish and a complex, elegant flavour.
Marimar Estate, Cristina Pinot Noir, 2017, Amazon, £49,99
Pinot Noir is such a decadent treat. This extra special creation was named after the winemaker’s daughter and has plenty of personality to boot.
It is a blend of different Pinot Noir clones from the region, complex, flavoursome, a drink to savour and celebrate.
Marimar Estate, La Masia Chardonnay, 2018, £34.99, Amazon
A finessed white which brings melon-like flavours, jasmine scents and an element of something toasted – is it oak, or nuts? – in one lovely package.
The Honey Drop 2020, £11.95, Majestic
If you steer away from South African whites, this one could change your mind. Bold and big, it is a fresh and juicy Chardonnay with much to recommend it.
Bees Knees 2021, £10.99 or £9.99 for mixed 12, Laithwaites
This wine has been causing quite a buzz and is another from South Africa.
We loved the name, the tropical fruit flavour and lingering finish.