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Big, bold winter white wines to warm your heart


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It's officially winter, but that shouldn't stop us from enjoying some of the heavier, complex white wines.

It may be winter, but that doesn't stop Australia from enjoying some seriously beautiful weather. There’s something about winter sun that is so comforting, like an old friend stopping by to say hello when they know you need it most.

Who says white wines are just for summer? Picture: iStock .

Who says white wines are just for summer? Picture: iStock

 When that sun comes out, there’s this urge to go and lay under it, sprawled on a picnic blanket to soak up as much as you can get. And the perfect accompaniment to the winter sun is a nice, big glass of bold white wine.

While we’re transitioning into the doom and gloom of full on winter weather, we’re buying time before we commit to the heavyweight reds that are synonymous with winter drinking.  It seems premature.

Instead, we look to the bigger, bolder whites, the ones that even though they’re still served chilled, will warm up your insides with their full-bodied, rich flavours.

Here’s a list of some winter whites that we’ll be cracking open on those crisp but sundrenched winter days.

Forest Hill Block 8 Chardonnay 2013

Stone fruits are prominent here on the nose and through to the palate. You’ll get citrus, white nectarine and biscuit and nuts. Minerality to finish.

This one will pair beautifully with a pungent blue cheese, so whip out that cheese board and enjoy.

Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Chardonnay, 2016

For the first time, this wine has been fermented in 100% French oak-aged barrel without yeast, resulting in an additional layer of complexity.

Orchard fruits like pear and nectarine are on the nose here and carry through to palate, ending with natural acidity and a fruits.

Plus, the toasty oak flavours throughout will have you warmed up in no time.

John George Chardonnay, 2014

James Halliday gave this one a 93/100, noting that the ‘length and finish steal the day’.

Here you’ll find peach and toasted nuts on the nose and a clean palate will give you smooth oak and white pear to finish. Match this beauty with spaghetti alla vongole or Chinese takeaway.

Forest Hill Block 1 Riesling, 2014

And for those less inclined to a bolder chardonnay, a quality riesling is the perfect wine to enjoy with or without food, but still with enough character and depth to warm your insides.

The award-winning riesling from Forest Hill gained a 97/100 from Halliday, as well as a gold from the Qantas Wine Show.

This one will take you to the seaside, with sea salt on the nose as well as jasmine and citrus. The palate is zesty, grapefruit with a long mineral finish.

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