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Best indulgent winter reds to keep you warm this winter

Everyones loves a good glass of wine and there’s no time better to knock some back than in winter when you want that extra cuddly, warm indulgence of a good drop.

There are thousands of varieties and vineyards out there that try to make what’s ideal for winter in Australia, but none come quite as close as these top 6 picks by Colonel & Merchant, Krondorf, Craftsman, Baily & Baily, Balthazar and Cat Amongst The Pigeons.

2016 Colonel & Merchant Barossa shiraz

For a cosy night in, this attractive full-bodied and generously flavoured Barossa Shiraz shows plentiful dark berry fruits, delicious mid-palate richness and underlying toasty oak. A delightful option when paired alongside a selection of cold meats.

2016 Colonel & Merchant Barossa shiraz 

2015 Krondorf Barossa shiraz

A great option for fruitier palates, the Krondorf Barossa Shiraz encapsulates the firm oak tannins with rich blackberry and spicy blackcurrant fruits that come from the 12 months of ageing in a French and American oak barrel. With all its flavour, this wine is an ideal complement to a delicious roast dinner.

2015 Krondorf Barossa shiraz

2014 Craftsman rich and smooth cabernet sauvignon

Craftsman pride themselves on bringing together the workmanship of various winemakers to create great wines that reflect styles as described on the label and their Smooth Cabernet is just that. This full-bodied wine filled with dark fruit flavours is clean, well balanced and full of varietal fruit. Finished with a light tannin structure, it’s perfect for long winter nights.

2015 Baily & Baily Venture merlot

This McLaren Vale Merlot has spicy, varietal black cherry and blackberry fruit balanced beautifully with the toasted oak with mocha and dark chocolate hints. An excellent match to sweet treats in winter, indulge yourself whilst the mercury drops by pouring a glass of this great value wine.

2015 Baily & Baily Venture merlot

2011 Balthazar shiraz

If you are looking for a traditional wine, then the Balthazar Shiraz fits the bill. With its medium to deep crimson colour, this full-bodied wine is rich and ripe with red plum, red currants and violet aromas. These follow through on the palate with underlying savoury notes, fine tannins and a long, generous finish.

2011 Balthazar shiraz

2016 Cat Amongst The Pigeons shiraz cabernet sauvignon

Defining winter, Cat Amongst the Pigeons’ Shiraz Cabernet blend is full of blackberry, blackcurrant and spicy aromas. The dark berries mixed with the subtle oak complexity and fine tannins creates a great blend that can be appreciated throughout the season.

2016 Cat Amongst The Pigeons shiraz cabernet sauvignon

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