Mix Six Wine August: Here’s to Staying Warm

Consider this pack of intriguing reds an excuse to stay indoors and embrace the underrated joys of wintertime. Indeed, we might be promoting inactivity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bunker down without a bunch of mates or a delicious meal.

2016 Range Life Rosso Nero D’avola Blend
For Range Life, the formula is pretty simple: premium Italian varietals grown throughout Victoria and vinified into a neat range of delicious, crowd-pleasing wines. This particular example — a combination of Nero d’avola, Sagrantino and Dolcetto — shows jubey red fruits (still containing some crunch), alongside floral aromatics and a savoury line. Slurp it up.
Murray Darling, $24

2015 Tenuta Ulisse ‘Sogno di Ulisse’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
From the Abruzzo region in south Italy comes a delectable Montepulciano primed for tomato-based pastas. A brilliant cherry ripe nose of chocolate, mocha and maraschino precedes a ripe and juicy palate of sweet cherry, raspberry coulis and cacao.
Abruzzo, $22

2016 Small Change Red
Small Change have once again come up with the goods. Their tried and trusted formula of blending Langhorne Creek Cabernet Franc with Clare Valley Malbec and Merlot has yielded a generous, fruit-forward and plush red wine suitable in any context. It’s easy and inviting, containing a hint of spice amongst soft dark fruits and a lick of tannin.
Langhorne Creek and Clare Valley, $22

2014 Herdade Do Esporão ‘Pé Tinto’ Vinho Tinto
A blend of the local Castelão, Moreto and Trincadeira varietals from Antelejo. Got your head around that? More importantly, it’s a super easy, generously-fruited and unoaked Portuguese number for consuming now.
Antelejo, $18

2013 Morgado de Silgueiros Vinho Tinto
An indigenous Portuguese blend comprising 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 20% Alfrocheiro and 20% Jaen. While vibrant and unoaked, there’s still plenty of structure present which results in a wine that’s superbly balanced and drinking wonderfully now. On offer is a full spectrum of red, black and blue fruit notes amongst earthy hints of dried sage and thyme.
Dão, $20

2016 Schmolzer and Brown Prêt à Rouge 
The nose is so flamboyant it’s almost louche: chunky vibrant fun plummy raspberry cherry things, rouged on the cheeks with daubs of sweet spice. It is rounded and fun-fruited in the mouth with fairly loose-knit granular tannins.

This, a blend of Sangiovese, Shiraz and Pinot Noir from Beechworth, strikes a wonderful balance between approachable and complex. It’s fun to drink, yet holds enough definition as a result of Jeremy Schmölzer and Tessa Brown’s excellent winemaking nous.
Beechworth, $28

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