Crisp leaves are falling at your feet. Stunning shades of reds, oranges and yellows are littering the streets. The air is blustery and layers are the order of the day. Yes, Autumn has firmly arrived, and with it, your evenings beg an accompaniment.
As you step foot inside the comfort of welcoming interiors and offload your chunky knits, why not reach for a warming wine? Here is our pick of the five most unique wines to truly unwind with this Autumn.
We recommend: Painted Wolf Guillermo Swartland Pinotage 2014
The crisp autumn nights call for moments of divine relaxation. So curl up by the fire, and pop open a bottle of this ultra-rich red. Intense and overtly flavourful, this fine red wine is packed to the brim with the tang of blueberry and mulberry, warming vanilla, and a touch of exotic spice.
Sip on the subtle hints of coffee beans, cocoa and gentle wood as you listen to the crackle of your own log fire. Ripe tannins offer up a long lingering finish, making this a fine Pinotage wine for a fine evening of well-deserved indulgence.
An autumnal white? Surely not. But stick with us, and allow us to win you over...
The captivating aromas of sharp orange peel and sweet apricot provide a white wine so richly flavoured, you’ll be blown away. Bursting with red apple, peach and subtly honeyed hints of caramel and vanilla, this rich and full-bodied Chardonnay packs a palatable punch. Vividly viscous in texture, the Belaigra Grand Cru offers an autumnal experience to rival the classic Burgundy, as it slowly matures in French Burgundy barriques.
Moving back to the soothing scents of reds, enter this plentiful Pinot Noir. Of course, no autumnal wine list would be complete without the versatility of this ever-popular style of wine.
Wrap yourself up in the comforting cocoon of your faithful blanket, as ripe strawberries and raspberries tantalise taste buds with layers of liquorice, mint and smoky tobacco enveloping your senses. This red is slightly lighter in style but fully flavoured, nonetheless.
The silky and refreshing undertones make it perfect with autumnal dishes such as roast pork, grilled lamb and even cold cuts. As you sip on flavours that are as delectable as they are soothing, you’ll truly fall for this oak-aged, elegant red wine from the award-winning family wineries of Brazil, Casa Valduga.
We recommend: Tasca D'Almerita Ghiaia Nera Nerello Mascalese 2014
Hosting a relaxing dinner party? Invite this explosive star into the folds. Grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, this medium-bodied red possesses a whole array of autumnal aromas. From perfumed blueberry and thyme to baking spice, you'll delight in the explosive flavours of mouth watering raspberries, black cherry and spicy cinnamon.
Softened in barrels of Slovenian oak, this is the perfect accompaniment to an evening of roasted cuisine and idle conversation.
A drop in temperature needn’t mean a drop in flavour. Not with this ravishing red. Open up this ripe and fruity Austrian red wine for a flavour so sumptuous, you'll feel the flavours enveloping you as though they were softly woven silk. Autumn fruits abound with spicy summer berries and rich red cherries undercut with the tantalising taste of dark chocolate. Hints of black pepper and silky-fine tannin provide a welcoming acidic finish. Perfect to enjoy with a hearty "soup dans la soirée."