Spring traditionally brings hope and optimism for the future in line with the changing seasons, but this year, under the shadow of a global pandemic, things are a bit different. Maybe an easy-drinking springtime wine, something direct, smooth and vibrant, can help us focus on the positives. And if it carries a very fair price tag, that's another reason to look on the bright side.
Giant Steps Rosé 2020, $23-$25
Very pale, blushing pink wine from the Yarra Valley with a springtime perfume and mouth-watering personality. Red berry, cherry and floral scents carry from the nose through a gentle, dry palate of delicious freshness. Screw cap; 12.5 per cent alcohol.
Ageing? No need.
Oakdene Pinot Noir 2019, $22-$24
A good-value, bright young pinot from Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula. It smells of cherries, raspberries, wildflowers and herbs, and the palate is succulent and medium-bodied, with just enough acid/tannin structure for savoury balance. Screw cap; 13.6 per cent alcohol.
Ageing? Drink over four years.
Stockists include Bonds Corner Fine Wine, Northbridge (NSW); Black Rock Grocer, Black Rock (Vic).
Angove Family Crest Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2018, $20-$22
Attractive deep colour introduces this traditional three-way McLaren Vale blend. Ripe raspberry, plum jelly and spice on the nose flow easily through a smooth, plump mouthful, perfectly balanced by fine tannins. A real bargain. Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol.
Ageing? Drink over five years.
Stockists include Carlton Cellars, Carlton (NSW); La Manna Supermarket, Essendon Fields (Vic).