Easter Guide: Rose’, Reds and Easter Eggs

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While Easter provides the perfect occasion for casual get togethers, it does the complete opposite for anyone trying to put together a weather appropriate wine cellar for the weekend. It isn’t called Mad March for nothing – it begins with the urge to pop the cork on an icy cold Sparkling like our Chloe Cuvee and usually ends reaching for a puffer jacket and a glass of Sidewood Estate Shiraz while you wonder how you got to here so quickly.

No one wants to be drinking Shiraz while sweating through a once in a lifetime Easter long weekend heatwave or during a cold snap face finger frost bite through holding an icy cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc while battling Arctic winds at an Easter BBQ. This is when our Rosé, and Pinot Noir – become your new favourite Autumn friends.

Let’s be honest, while seasons change quickly, what’s in your glass shouldn’t need to. Sidewood’s 2017 Estate Tempranillo Rosé provides the perfect accompaniment to a hot or cool Easter weekend. Its light, vibrant notes and bright acidity, make it extremely versatile and a perfect option to open at any time of the day. Enjoy it with Easter brunch or pair it with seafood such as salmon or lighter poultry or game dishes.

For red wine fans, look no further than the 2015 Sidewood Estate 777 Pinot Noir. The best thing about Pinot Noir is that it’s delicious served at room temperature or lightly chilled so it’s always a safe choice for Easter, no matter the weather brings. Hands down it is the best choice for lamb, and this versatile wine is also an ideal match for Oysters Kilpatrick. The 777 Pinot Noir has amazing savoury aromatics, ranging from green tea and toast to earthy forest floor, all this while remaining light and vibrant on the palate so it won’t overwhelm delicate seafood. The smokey bacon and Worcestershire of oysters kilpatrick match the zesty red fruits of this wine perfectly and provide a beautiful balance to the mouth-watering oysters  – YUM!

Finally, I’m sure I’m not the only one who uses the Easter long weekend as an excuse to eat chocolate before breakfast, lunch and tea (after all it’s hardly fair to allow the kids to have all the fun. Did you know the same bright fruit excitement from the Pinot Noir 777 provides a true friend to milk chocolate Easter Eggs? Red wine is a great match for milk chocolate, if it’s not too robust or heavy which is why the softness of our Pinot Noir with its characters is a great pairing, well that’s my excuse anyway for consuming copious quantities of both this Easter.

Happy Easter Egg hunting!

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