As the days get longer, the weather warmer and the jasmine blooms throughout the suburbs, we are ready to lighten the styles of wine we drink to suit the fresh spring vegetables and new season lamb that are hitting the shops and our plates.

Drink pink

There has never been a better time to drink pink. With growth of over 40% in the past 12 months, Rosé is such a versatile wine that can match with a multitude of foods, from salads and vegetable based dishes to Asian influenced flavours and seafood, or it can be happily enjoyed by the glass on its own. One of our favourites, and an absolute bargain, is Deep Woods Harmony Rosé from Margaret River. A dry style that is light bodied, displaying raspberry and strawberry flavours, this is a wine that seriously over-delivers on quality and value.

Spring reds

Delicate spring flavours in new season produce call for delicate wines, and the recently released Coincidence Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills is perfect. The Hills is a cool climate region that is so hot right now, and this wine encompasses all that is great about the region. Spicy and aromatic with lovely red fruit on the nose, the palate is all fresh strawberry and cherry, balanced with soft silky tannins and a delicate yet long finish. Spring lamb and Cabernet is the quintessential Australian food and wine match. The Crafty Punter Cabernet Sauvignon from Clare Valley is produced by Neil Pike in acknowledgment of Neil’s father Edgar, who was known for his love of a punt both on the racecourse and in business. The wine is full of blackcurrant, mint and cedar characters along with fine grained tannins and balanced oak leading to an excellent lingering finish.

A fresh spring white

Albarino is a white grape grown in the north-west Spanish region of Rias Biaxas. Spain’s most famous white wine is easy to pronounce (al-bar-EEN-yo) and easy to drink thanks to its crisp acidity and citrus notes. If you yearn for the freshness of Sauvignon Blanc without the herbaceous or tomato leaf undertones, then Albarino could be your new go-to wine. The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean gives Albarino a vivacity and saltiness that will cut through Asian flavours or spicy food, and makes the perfect extension of your repertoire for spring.

Focus on gin

Nothing says spring like a refreshing cocktail, and gin certainly makes for a fun and versatile base to play with. Opened in 2015, Archie Rose Distilling Co is the first multi-spirit distillery in Sydney in more than 160 years, and honours the city’s rich spirit-making past with handcrafted spirits, including gin, vodka and whisky. Founder Will Edwards took inspiration from the Tasmanian distilling industry and the urban distilleries of New York and London. Made from select pure botanical distillates, the Archie Rose Tailored Gin is carefully blended to accentuate the flavours of cassia bark, orange and Angelica root. Harnessing warm, earthy and spicy flavours, this limited edition gin is available exclusively at Vintage Cellars. ❐