On hot days, we often reach for a cool drink, but you don’t have to wait for the leaves to change colour to enjoy a good red. Red wine can be a great match on a balmy summer night or for those countless BBQ’s with friends.
Here are our top tips for enjoying red wine in summer.
- Avoid big, bold wines that are high in alcohol. Heavily oaked wines with high tannin are not as enjoyable as lighter bodied wines in warm weather. Save the robust red for a rich, winter dish.
- Lightweight clothes work in warm weather, just like lighter bodied red wines. Our favourite red varieties to enjoy in warmer months include Nebbiolo, Grenache and cool-climate Shiraz. Rosé is also a hit (especially with Nancy). Made from red grapes in the style of a white wine, Rosé that is bright, flavourful and textured is delicious. Rosé is best enjoyed within two years of bottling.
- Chill it. Red wine should be served at 15 – 18C which is cooler than Australian-summer room temperature. Place your bottle of red wine in the fridge for about 15 – 20 minutes before serving. Before pouring, touch the side of the wine bottle. The wine should feel cool to the touch, but not cold. Rosé should be chilled and removed from the fridge 15 minutes before sharing.
- If your wine starts to warm-up as you drink it, pop it back in the fridge for five minutes, but don’t let it get too cold. Serving a red wine too cold masks aromas and flavours. Serving red wine too warm makes it unbalanced. The alcohol gets its party shoes on and leaps out of the glass.
So the secret sauce, wine selection and wine temperature. Cheers to more red wine on summer days!
Adam’s favourite summer red: Cool climate shiraz. Try our 2018 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz.
All whites go in the fridge right? Well, not exactly.
Before you fill the bathtub with ice, or buy a second drinks fridge for your next party consider these wine temperature tips.
According to Adam, Viognier is like Chardonnay, but more exotic. Like Chardonnay, Viognier is best served at just below room temperature (11-13C). If it’s too cold, the texture, flavour, acid balance and aromas will be masked. If room temperature in your neck of the woods is more than 15C, pop your Viognier in the fridge to chill it slightly, but make sure to get it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before you plan on serving it.
Like a good Brie or Camembert cheese, straight out of the fridge aromatic whites like Viognier are palatable, but not delicious. If you have patience and time to let it come to room temperature you’ll be rewarded with flavour and aroma.
Try it for yourself, pop a bottle of SubRosa Viognier in the fridge and pour a glass. Take a sip immediately after it comes out of the fridge and then try it again after 10-15 minutes, and again after about 30 minutes. What do you think?
Rosé on a sunny day? Yes please! Adam suggests serving Rosé chilled, but not straight out of the fridge. Give it at least 10-15 minutes to come closer to room temperature so you can enjoy its aroma, flavour and texture. It’s amazing the difference 10-15 minutes makes! Ideal serving temperature for Rosé is 10-12C.
Nebbiolo, like Pinot Noir, should be served at room temperature which is widely considered to be about 14-16C, while Shiraz and Cabernet thrive at a slightly warmer temperatures of 17-19C. On summer days when you are serving Shiraz, don’t let it get too hot or it will lose its complexity for which SubRosa is known.
Top wine temperature tips:
- Take your favourite white or Rosé out of the fridge at least 15 minutes before serving.
- Store your wine in a cool dark place, not on top of the fridge which is likely to be warmer than many other places in your home.
- Keep wine out of the sun when entertaining outside.
Share SubRosa wine this holiday season with our 12 bottles of SubRosa Christmas special!
The special dozen includes three new releases and our award-winning 2016 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz (95 points and special value – James Halliday).
Valued at $380, you pay $300.
2 x 2019 SubRosa Grampians Sangiovese Rosé (new release)
2 x 2018 SubRosa Grampians Viognier (new release)
2 x 2017 SubRosa Pyrenees Nebbiolo (new release)
6 x 2016 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz (96 points James Halliday)
Use coupon code “Christmas2019” for free shipping.
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Christmas is a time for sharing food, wine and plenty of laughs with family and friends.
Whether you are at the beach or in the bush this Christmas we hope you enjoy this special time.
To celebrate Christmas, we are sharing our SubRosa Summer Wine Club dozen with you at our Wine Club price until Dec 12 including free shipping.
Our 12 days of Christmas dozen includes limited edition Rosé (we only made 40 cases!!), Viognier, Nebbiolo and Shiraz.
Valued at $390, you pay $300.