Wines of the month: Diana Thompson’s top picks for ringing in the spring

No matter what the weather is like this spring, these deliciously elegant Aussie wines are guaranteed to get you in the sunshine mood.





Winemaker’s Selection Clare Valley Riesling 2017, Lidl £6.99

If you don’t mind the wombat on the label this a great wine and a steal at the price for a Riesling from the world-famous Clare Valley. Very inviting on the nose with Riesling’s hallmark crisp, zesty acidity and elegant ripe fruit on the palate with hints of orange blossom. Try it well chilled on its own or with seafood.






O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Organic Riesling,
Waitrose £12.99

Organic and vegan, this single vineyard wine already ticks several boxes for some. It’s a bit more grown up than the Winemaker’s Selection, but still offers excellent value. The nose transports you to an early summer’s walk with blossom in the air, whilst the palate gives delicious Pink Lady apple characteristics and a sophisticated hint of peach. The finish goes on and on until you’re ready for another sip.





Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Grenache Rosé 2018, Beerhive, Lockett Bros, Henderson Wines  & others £12.99

Another region renowned for Shiraz, McLaren Vale is starting to spoil us with interesting new varieties as well as some ultra-premium Grenache. Whilst this rosé doesn’t have the price tag of the ultra-premium wines, it’s certainly up there with those that do and well worth trying. Deliciously fresh and packed with ripe raspberries and crushed strawberries.





Peter Lehmann Layers “Red” Barossa Valley Shiraz Mourvèdre Tempranillo Grenache, Lockett Bros, Henderson Wines, Aiken Wines & others £10.99

With a great blend of red grapes starting with big, rich peppery Shiraz through to the juicy red berry Grenache this wine offers the best of all worlds. Soft, fresh and juicy with the hallmark punch of flavour from Shiraz, a touch of perfume and spice: who could ask for more?


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