Reds for springtime

Spring traditionally brings hope, and this year we need that commodity more than ever.
Spring traditionally brings hope, and this year we need that commodity more than ever.  Photo: iStock

After a bloody awful year for many Australians, the changing seasons may give us all a lift we badly need. Spring traditionally brings hope, and this year we need that commodity more than ever. If we all get the opportunity to spread our wings a little, then fresh, easy drinking light red wines might suit the mood perfectly. 

Billy Button Rosso 2019, $20-$22   

Score: 89

From cooler spots in Victoria's north-east, this is a blend of eight varieties from Jo Marsh, led by dolcetto, durif and refosco. Raspberry, plum and savoury herb notes in a light-to-medium weight drop, ripe, zesty, super drinkable. Screw cap; 14 per cent alcohol.

Ageing? Drink over three years.

Stockists include: Northside Wine, Northcote (Vic); L. Maestro the Liquor Master, East Killara (NSW)

Swings & Roundabouts Novus Malbec 2020, $24     

Score: 88

Extraordinary purple colour introduces this springtime red from Margaret River. Cherry and licorice aromas mark a plush, intense wine. While light in feel, its mouth-watering acidity and fine tannins give it real backbone. Screw cap; 14 per cent alcohol.

Ageing? Drink over four years.

Stockists include: Available direct from Swings & Roundabouts website at swings.com.au

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Vinoque Same Same Pinot Meunier Pinot Noir 2019, $24-$26

Score: 88

A blend of cousins pinot meunier and pinot noir from the Yarra Valley, this ruby coloured light red has a pristine feel with sappy, spicy red berry and plum characters, gluggable texture and balance, ahead of a savoury, dry finish. Screw cap; 13.5 per cent alcohol.

Ageing? Drink over three years.

Stockists include: Due for release very soon. Check with Summer Hill Wine Shop, Summer Hill (NSW) and Decanters by the Bay, Port Melbourne (Vic).