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It’s time to ‘Wine Down’ for Christmas with the best wines for the season

Christmas is to presents, what wine is to people celebrating Christmas, so you know it’s just as mandatory as all the tinsel, mince pies and wrapping paper.

There are at least a dozen mandatory drops to consider this year when winding down from the past 11-or-so months of frantic work, and gearing-up for the festivities of Christmas and these are they…

Sparkling wines

Nothing says ‘celebration of the end of the year; quite like a good carbonated drop, so these are the must-haves for the festive period from Dan Murphy’s and BWS.

La Plancheliere Sparkling Rose NV 

La Plancheliere Sparling Rose RRP $16.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS-min

A delightfully French wine features notes of strawberries, raspberries and fresh cherries. Its fresh fruit flavours on the palate and crisp finish will be a sure crowd pleaser. Get it for $16 from Dan Murphy’s or BWS.

2008 Victorie Gold Vintage Champagne

Victoire Gold Vintage Champagne RRP $99.99 available from Dan Murphys and BWS-min

Add some WOW factor to Christmas and create a centrepiece that is the talk of the table with a bottle of Victoire Gold Vintage Champagne. Encased in a striking metallic gold bottle, it is sure to be a showstopper this festive period. Get it for $99.99 from Dan Murphy’s or BWS.

Joseph Perrier Cuvee Brut Champagne NV 

Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royale Brut NV RRP $65.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS

With a floral and fruity flavour, it’s well balanced and appealing flavour makes it an easy pairing for any kind of food and a delightful aperitif to toast in the festive season. Get it for $65 from Dan Murphy’s or BWS.

Porta Dante Prosecco NV

Porta Dante Prosecco RRP $17.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS-min

Made from grapes grown in the Veneto region of northeast Italy, this delicate drop is light, refreshing and flavourful making it perfect for summer drinking. Get it for $17 from Dan Murphy’s or BWS.

White and rose wines

2017 Baily and Baily Venture Series Chardonnay

Baily and Baily Venture Series Margaret River Chardonnay RRP $10.99 available from Dan Murphys-min

This Margaret River Chardonnay is a front-runner when it comes to classic Australian taste. Get it for $10.99 from Dan Murphy’s.

2016 En Saison Rose

En Saison Rose RRP $16.00 available from BWS-min

En Saison owes its name to the seasonal winemaking process which creates a delicate and vibrant wine in a pretty pink colour. Dry and zesty, this Rose? pairs perfectly with a selection of soft cheeses to finish off a day of festivities. Get it for $16 at BWS.

2016 Isabel Estate Sauvignon Blanc 

Isabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc RRP $29.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS-min

Crisp and refreshing, the fruit is carefully selected from the vineyard creating a superior quality and distinct wine regarded as one of the jewels in Marlborough. Get it for $29 from Dan Murphy’s.

Red wines

2016 Craftsman Reserve Kym Teusner Shiraz

Craftsman Reserve Kym Teusener RRP $25.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS

Perfect partner to your family roast lamb or pork feast. Featuring notes of plum and spice, its palate is firm with well-rounded structure and an elegant finish. Get it for $25 from Dan Murphy’s.

2015 Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon RRP $20.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS

An exciting expression of the Coonawarra region, it features spicy plum, chocolate and toasty vanillin aromas which are followed by a luscious palate of blueberry and accompanying eucalyptus accented spice. Get it for $20 from Dan Murphy’s.

2016 Chris Ringland Shiraz 

Chris Ringland Barossa Shiraz RRP $30.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS-min

Made by one of Australia’s most loved winemakers, it features the perfect concentration of black and blue fruits, laced with sweet mocha and wrapped in a smooth, velvety texture. Not for the faint hearted. Get it for $30 from Dan Murphy’s.

2015 Frontera Pinot Noir

Frontera Pinot Noir RRP $13.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS

The 2015 Frontera Pinot Noir is fresh and fruity with notes of red fruits like cherry finishing with a soft, rich and slightly sweet aftertaste. Its destined to impress even the most discerning of wine connoisseurs this Christmas. Get it for $13 from Dan Murphy’s.

2015 Cat Amongst The Pigeons ‘Fat Cat’ Shiraz 

Cat Amongst The Pigeons Fatcat Shiraz RRP $29.00 available from Dan Murphys and BWS-min

The carefully selected grapes chosen for their superior quality results in the ultimate Barossa Shiraz full of intense rich flavours of plum, blackberry and a hint of spice. Get it for $29 from Dan Murphy’s.

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