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December Mixed Dozen 2020 - Christmas Drinking

December Mixed Dozen 2020 - Christmas Drinking Dozen
Selected by Myles Thomson


Wow! We are there again and after a strange, strange year. It really has been a challenging one, this latest run-around the sun, but we got here and it’s time to celebrate in style.
As is our Christmas tradition we have put together an absolute ripper of a mixed dozen for your drinking pleasure. It is rammed full of wine for every occasion you might encounter over the silly season and we have made sure that there is a little something for everyone.

From sparkling wine perfect to celebrate day or night, pitch-perfect BBQ reds, Australia’s most gluggable rosé, crisp & crunchy whites, to some of Australia’s latest & greatest and of course, a magnum to really celebrate in style. This is a one-box wonder!

We’ve highlighted some of our favourites below so take a look and get on board.

Bigger is better! This years magnum is a double dose from one of the world’s greatest estate. The Guigal Cote du Rhone is a perennial favourite here at PWS and its so much the better when it comes in a super-size me bottles. From one of the great vintages of the last decade in the Rhone I doubt even 1500ml’s is going to last you long.

Just like seafood, BBQ’s and a bit of pav, rosé is a must for any Aussie Christmas, and we have given you one of the best around. Bondar is putting out some of the tastiest McLaren Vale wines we have seen, and this 100% Grenache rosé is a stunner. It has got to be one of the most drinkable Rosé’s we tried this year. You won’t be disappointed.

From Alsace in France we have the Prince Estivac Blanc de Blanc. It’s another stellar drop that is so on point. Made from several noble varieties of Alsace (Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot gris) it’s a pitch perfect bubbles, crisp and dry but packed full of flavour. Whether you are popping it on Christmas day or to help ease the headache on the 26th this will hit the spot.

From Italy it’s a double header with the ever delicious Rizzi Barbera and the cracking little Chianti, Buccia Nera. These seriously over-deliver for the money with plenty of juicy fruit flavour and that little bite that make Italian red the perfect BBQ fare. If you are throwing some burgers on the BBQ or grilling up some tasty lamb you can’t go wrong.

Back in stock, just in time for the Mixed Dozen, is the Racine Picpoul de Pinet. This has fast become a staff favourite and it’s not hard to see why. Its racy and fine with whistle clean fruit, a hint of peppery spice getting top marks in the slurpability scale. The perfect partner with prawns (hot or cold) and basically any seafood you can throw it. We might have a couple of pallets, but I reckon this aint going to last long.

That’s just the start! We have a cracking vintage if Aussie Riesling from Shut the gate and their Rosi’e patch Clare Valley Riesling – tried this for the first time recently and instantly fell in love, classic stuff. From Margaret River legends Voyager this is one of the best value Chardonnay’s we have seen all year.

We have Yarra Valley Pinot Noir by Nunc hailing from 4 of the Yarra’s best vineyards and made by champion, Dave Mac. There is two cracking Spanish reds; the Avaniel Ribera del Duero Tempranillo and the smart little Mesta Garnacha. These varietals rule supreme and these are great example of both. And last but not least a 100% Syrah from the southwest France and the cheeky but deliciously names Pour les Vin!

Happy holidays, stay safe and enjoy!