A Red by the Fireside

By Fergal Gleeson

Spring is about to do it’s thing but for now ‘tis still the time of the year for boho woollens, ugg boots, log fires, epic roasts and most enjoyably … red wine! The Geographe Wine region is defining itself with a startling array of alternative grape varieties made in small batch quantities by family owned wineries. 

The reliable Maritime Mediterranean climate with the cooling influence of Geographe Bay and diversity of terroir means that Geographe Winemakers can turn their hands to many varieties from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with success.

So if you want to break away from Shiraz and Cabernet and take the road less travelled, Geographe has just the wines for you.

A Red by the Fireside

Think of ancient evenings while sipping on Green Door Amphora Garnacha ($35). Garnacha is the Spanish name for Grenache. Green Door Garnacha is fermented in amphora clay pots lined with bees wax (like the Ancient Greeks and Romans would have done). Some whole bunches were added to the pots at this stage. Tastes of plum, cassis and hints of liquorice. Tannins are delightful, delicate and dusty. Beautiful, juicy and generous finish. www.greendoorwines.com.au

Nero d’Avola is best known for the rich dense reds it makes in Sicily. Moojelup Farm 2019 Nero d’Avola ($20) has adapted perfectly to a similarly warm dry climate, producing a deep purple, ripe blackberry aroma and full bodied palate, supported by firm, silky tannins and subtle spicy oak. www.moojelup.com.au

Oakway Wines 2019 Nero d’Avola ($28) il Siciliano references Nero’s ancestral island home of Sicily. The wine shows a palate of juicy dark glossy fruits; black cherries, raspberry, spice and liquorice. Great by the fire or with pasta and pizza. www.oakwayestate.com.au

Argentina has made Malbec famous. Try Talisman Wines 2014 Malbec ($35) for a well made local example. The years have done nothing but help this wine settle in to its own. Soft and rounded with a medium to full bodied palate. Juicy ripe plum with added layers of spice give this wine great complexity. Some time to breathe prior to drinking will make sure you see it at its best. http://www.talismanwines.com.au

From Found Magazine

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