With the warmer months approaching you may be reaching for a rosé or a glass of white and shelving your reds for the summer, however you shouldn’t be abandoning these so easily. Some red wines have certain qualities that work well in the hot weather, with lower alcohol levels, higher acidity and subtle tannins that are the hallmarks for summer drinkers. Chilled red wines can be enjoyed on a hot day, whereas wines at room temperature tend to feel more alcoholic and can be unpleasant especially in the Australian summer where room temperature is not the antiquated 15-18 degrees. Many Australian pinot noirs can be lightly chilled without losing personality and character, and grapes such as gamay, sangiovese, barbera and grenache that originated in Mediterranean climates, by design are made for drinking in warm weather. Here are some of our picks that are available at Thievery. Make a reservation on our website to try it this week! 


2016 Bobar Gama Ray Gamay / Cabernet Franc

Pale garnet colour. Lots of character, but lightness and apparent freshness. Fine detail. Lots of savouriness. Fine, slight tannins trim a slip of white strawberry, young cherry juiciness. Touch of watermelon too. Has earth, undergrowth, twig and briar character through it too. Chomp of dusty-savouriness to close. Tight, young, firm wine that feels curiously smashable as is, but could go a decent time in cellar despite its lightness in colour and vitality – Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


2016 Driftwood Pinot Noir / Gamay

Red cherry, plum and earth. Hints of peanut shells and beetroot. Orange rind and blueberry in the background.

Light bodied, plush and fine boned but with depth and sufficient padding. Plump and juicy mid palate with a lovely plum and earthy back palate. Beautifully rustic and delicious – Producer


2016 La Prova Sangiovese

The value, the quality, the character; it’s all outstanding here. This is terrific drinking. Complex, juicy, firm with tannin and fascinating to sit with as it evolves in the glass. It’s basically red-berried with anise, spice and ferrous-qualities unfolding as it breathes; maybe even some iodine. Florals too. But it’s just one of those wines; it combines finesse with x-factor. – Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


2016 Simão & Co. Tempranillo

Plum and cherry cola with a fist full of herbs. A soft sweep of spiced tannin mingles with the aniseed and cherry flavours. Good width through the mid palate, with a trimming of exotic spice.


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