Men's Fitness Christmas booze Guide
"Wine is the only artwork you can drink" - Luis Fernando Olaverri.
fresh and dry
Sophisticated but never showy, the McW 480 Estate Tumbarumba Rosé is wonderfully crisp and ideal to enjoy outdoors over the Christmas break. The wine offers delectable aromas of lifted strawberry, watermelon and a subtle mix of fresh wild herbs. It’s refreshingly dry and savoury with light red fruits, fresh acidity and a mineral texture. Delicious with cheese or enjoy with your favourite barbequed seafood. Available at major retailers and independent stores nationally.
notes of vanilla
Stolen Colt Shiraz
If you love a big red to go with your slow cooked meats or loaded BBQ meat platters, Stolen Colt Shiraz is your pick this year. The colour is an awesome dark crimson with purple hues, boasting intense oak notes of vanilla, chocolate and coffee, along with powerfully rich dark fruit flavours. Pair with beef cheeks or the like and you and your guests will be grinning from ear to ear. Available at major retailers and independent stores nationally.
intense citrus flavours
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
The ultimate summer aperitif, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc features notes of tropical mango and pineapple complimented with intense citrus flavours of lemon and grapefruit. Approachable and full-bodied, this flavoursome wine is sure to excite your guests’ taste buds and spread the Christmas cheer! Available at Liquorland
Neon Jungle Malbec
Sure to be a standout at the dinner table with its vivid glow-in-the-dark label, this Argentinean Malbec is vibrant and full of flavour. On the palate black cherry, plum and blackberry fruits meld beautifully together to provide a distinctively rich character. Good body and toasty oak notes with a cooked berry sweetness to the finish. This wine pairs beautifully with a hearty Christmas feast like roast beef and a creamy mushroom or pepper sauce. Available at Liquorland .
Brut Elite Cuvée
House of Arras Brut Elite Cuvée
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a world-class sparkling wine from House of Arras, Australia’s most awarded winery. The House of Arras Brut Elite Cuvée is a multi-vintage blend of three noble sparkling grape varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Its palate exhibits rich fruit flavours, elegant structure and an overarching complexity from four years tirage maturation. An exceptional wine that your loved one will adore. Available at fine wine retailers nationally, cellar door and online at houseofarras.com.au
McWilliam’s 25-Year-Old Muscat
As your festive lunch merges into night, a lush Muscat is just what you need to savour that second helping of sticky date pudding or cheese platter. McWilliam’s 25 Year-Old Muscat has well and truly earned its Christmas stripes with its rich and full flavoured palate of raisins, dark chocolate and Christmas pudding. A smooth and luscious finish to the day. Available at selected retailers and independent stores.
Chivas XV Gold
Elevate your festive celebration with Chivas XV GOLD, Chivas’ famous 15-year-old blend encased in a limited edition gold bottle. Selectively finished in Cognac casks, Chivas XV Gold is the perfect celebratory sip this Christmas for whisky-lovers and boozehounds alike. Available at most retailers, including Dan Murphy’s and Liquorland.
Hellyers Road Single Malt Original
With all vatting and marrying done in timber casks and non-chill filtered, this magnificent 15-year-old whisky delivers enhanced flavour attributes highlighted by vanilla and citrus tones entwined by a calming softness – a reflection of time spent in premium American Oak. No colouring is added to its natural golden tones. hellyersroaddistillery.com.au
Ailsa Bay is the first whisky to have an analysed measurement of sweetness identified. Scientfically distilled at 022 parts “peat” and 019 parts “sweet” then micro matured to a precise balance of oaky sweetness and smoky notes, this award winning new age single malt pushed the boundaries of flavour.Available from from Dan Murphys
Lay it Down
Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz
Meshach is the flagship Shiraz of the Grant Burge portfolio, crafted from premium grapes handpicked from near-century old Barossa vineyards, and only released in exceptional vintages. Powerful yet beautifully balanced, Meshach Shiraz is wine with intense and concentrated fruit flavours that will age gracefully over the next 15 to 25 years. Grant Burge Icon Meshach Shiraz 2013 has a RRP of $199 and is available now at major and independent retailers nationally.
RRP $199.00 (750ml bottle)
A rising Starward
Starward Tawny Cask
With only 4,000 unique bottlings, this special Christmas whisky is Starward’s largest limited-edition release to date and bound to sell fast. To create the limited-edition Tawny cask expression, Starward matured its signature single malt whisky in Tawny fortified wine barrels. With notes of raisin, brown sugar, fig and dried orange, it’s the ultimate whisky.
Available at the Starward Distillery, www.starwards.com.au, and at the Starward Whisky pop up in Myer Melbourne
whisky & tonic
Starward Two-Fold & Tonic
Iconic Australian Whisky brand Starward, has introduced this summer’s spin on the classic Gin and Tonic aptly named, Two-Fold & Tonic. This bold, new pairing is the perfect bridge for non-Whisky-drinkers to discover the spirit in an approachable and accessible way, showcasing that Whisky can be just as drinkable, for the beginner to the seasoned Whisky drinker. Add 30mls Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky with 100mls of cold Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water before garnishing with a slice of pink grapefruit.
Available at Starward Distillery, www.starward.com.au, David Jones and Dan Murphy’s stores nationally