Our favourite wines for autumn

Autumn wines

The days are waning, the trees are bare and pavements full of leaves. There’s one month of autumn left before we head into the joy (and craziness) of the festive season, so we round up four of our favourite autumnal wines – from New World Pinot to classic Barbera.


Gnarly head pinot noir

Gnarly Head Pinot Noir 2015

Producing some of California’s top Zinfandel, the team behind Gnarly Head seek out older, ‘gnarly’ vineyards, trained in the traditional freestanding way. But Zinfandel is not their only focus and grapes for this Pinot grows in Californian regions Monterey, Lodi and the North Coast.

“A Pinot Noir that punches well above its weight, this wine has sleek tannins and flavours of violets, black cherries and plums. A powerful Pinot, it has hints of toasted hazelnut, tobacco and cigar box on the palate. Delicious when paired with salami and rocket pizza, or slow-roasted pork loin.”

Paul Meihuizen, buyer

Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2015 Vietti Barbera

A classic Barolo producer, Vietti’s stunning labels showcase specially-designed original works, each inspired by the wine of that particular vintage. The grapes for this Barbera d’Alba Tre Vigne are selected from three different vineyards located in Monforte, Castiglione Falletto and Castiglione Tinella.

“As one of Italy's finest, Vietti needs no intro. Barolos from this top Piedmontese producer command impressive sums, but there is incredible value to be found in their entry-level wines. The Barbera D'Alba Tre Vigne 2015 offers stunning concentration of violets with typical red cherries, inexplicably coupling power with elegance, like a Ferrari. The finish is as satisfying as any and the bottle looks great to boot! Delicious with grilled seasonal veg and rich pasta dishes.”

Julian Bicknell, London account manager


VineMind shiraz Malbec

VineMind Shiraz Malbec

Contemporary Australian winemaking inspired by international classics – this is striking packaging and great wine at its best. Some Young Punks’ more experimental cousin, VineMind is Colin and Jen’s brainchild, made with 100% Clare Valley fruit.

“This is the perfect autumnal wine, with fresh but ripe flavours of red and black cherries, ripe blackberries and blueberries. The fruit is complemented with warming sweet spices of cinnamon and cloves, and supported by a velvety smooth tannin structure. Pairs perfectly with slow-cooked lamb shank or shepherd’s pie.”

Monica Allan, educator

Tomas Cusine Vilosell 2015Vilosell

Located in the village of El Vilosell, at the southern end of Costers del Segre. Tomas crafts incredibly fresh wines using a range of grape varieties, combining early-picked fruit with riper, fruitier berries harvested later in the season.

“Besides the drop dead gorgeous Paul Smithian label, Vilosell from the gifted alchemist Tomas Cusine, is a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot. Effectively a kitchen sink of a lusty red, which does a brilliant job of imitating an expensive glass of red Bordeaux. Hints of vanilla, lovely red berries and great acidity. There’s not a lot it won’t improve – steak, ribs, garlic and anchovy-infused lamb shoulder. Shin of beef. Yum!”

Willie Lebus, wine development director

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31st October 2017

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