Friendly, light red wines with a fruity character, a smooth texture and subtle flavours. Aromas of fruit and spices such as thyme and rosemary. Interesting grapes include Corvina (made famous by Valpollicella), Gamay (the grape used in Beaujolais), Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
Cooler climate Australian Pinot Noir from Tasmania, the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula fall into this profile as do Merlot and Pinot Noir from various regions of New Zealand. Interesting similar wines to try in this style are Beaujolais, and Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Germany and Chile.
Wine-food combinations include grilled poultry, light pasta dishes and even a cheese plate.
Full-bodied red wines with a soft mouth feel and full of flavour. Expect aromas of blackberries, wood, vanilla and spice. Beautiful deep purple-red colour. Interesting grapes include Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Merlot and Montepulciano.
Distinctive wines in this profile include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Australia, Bordeaux Blends (Cabernet and Merlot) from California, Tempranillo from Rioja, and Sangiovese from Italy. Interesting similar wines to try are the newer Sangiovese and Tempranillo styles from Australia.
Wine-food combinations include spicy dishes notably Asian food, pasta and pizza, cheese and many vegetarian dishes.
Rich and complex wines with intense flavour and a long finish. Often a wide range of aromas of fruits, herbs and spices with mature notes of leather and tobacco. Mature wines often have a deeper colour that turns brown-ish over many years. Interesting grapes include Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Zinfandel.
Bold Australian Shiraz, Bordeaux red wine, and Australian Grenache-based wines fall into this profile. Other exciting wines to try in this style include Argentinian Malbec, Italian wines such as Barolo and Brunello, Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Southern France, Californian Zinfandel, and Australian styles of the Nebbiolo grape.
Wine-food combinations include rich meats and beef, lamb, and rich game dishes.
Well-known antipodean wines from this profile are Australian and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, lighter styles of Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Verdelho. Some similar wines that may entice you are Italian Pinot Grigio, Alsace Riesling, Picpoul from Southern France, and the Spanish varieties of Verdejo from Rueda and Albariño from Rías Baixas in north-western Spain.
Wine-food combinations include fresh salads with a classic dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar, seafood and light fish dishes, and lighter Asian dishes.
Full white wines with a fuller flavour and soft mouth feel, a bright golden colour and fresh and creamy aromas. Great examples are Arneis, some Chardonnay, Semillon and Viognier.
Cooler climate Australian Chardonnay, and Australian Semillon and Viognier fit well in to this profile. Related wines that we recommend to try include Australian or Italian styles of Arneis, and Californian, Chilean and Languedoc Chardonnay.
Wine-food combinations range from fish, poultry and pork through to Asian food and rich salads and vegetarian dishes.
Intense and rich white wines with a complex flavour and long finish. Colour ranges from bright to golden yellow. Some delicious examples are Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling or Gargenega (the grape used in Soave wines from Italy).
Distinctive wines in this profile include richer Australian Riesling and Chardonnay. Chardonnay from Chablis or Southern Burgundy, Soave from Northern Italy, and Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley or Australia are intriguing wines with this same profile.
Wine-food combinations include dishes with rich complex flavours such as fish or pasta with rich sauce, vegetarian dishes and stronger. spicy Asian dishes.
Fresh dry rosé has a tight mouth feel and a subtle character. Common scents are raspberry, peach and light spiciness. The wine is usually pale salmon pink. The main grapes used are Cinsault, Grenache and Pinot Noir.
The most typical wines in the category are rosé from Provence in Southern France, and Grenache and Pinot Noir-based rosé from Australia.
Wine-food combinations focus on salads such as Niçoise and Caesar, and light tapas dishes.
Wine-food combinations for this profile of rosé wine include seafood, pastas and pizza, and they are a great option for picnics.