(08) 9453 2961

Tour Cart

0 items - $0.00

5 Swan Valley wines perfect for winter

8th June 2018

Winter is coming! (yes, even this far beyond the wall).  Actually, winter has well and truly arrived here in Perth.

Not only does winter signify cold, rainy, stormy weather, and spending more time indoors, it can also be a great time for sampling new wines.

Swan Valley wines for winter

Whether you’re going to the Swan Valley to cozy up by a fireplace and enjoy a hot winter’s meal with a glass of red, go on one of our wine tours, or simply purchase some quality wine from one of the many wine cellars, the Swan Valley has the perfect wines for you this winter.

Today we share 5 of them with you…

1. Sandalford 2016 Estate Reserve Shiraz

It’s the season for something warm, and red wine and winter go hand in hand.

There really is nothing better than a glass of a full-bodied red wine, particularly when matched with a slow cooked lamb or beef dish.

During the cold climate, a full-bodied Shiraz is perfect – One like the 2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Shiraz. Velvety soft and supple, like the perfect winter coat, the fruit and oak tannins give this wine a beautiful and complex structure. The finish is rich and lingers with dark berries and mocha accents.

2. Olive Farm Wines 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is another red wine just perfect for the winter months. It’s warming, layered, complex and surprisingly subtle.

One of our favourites is the Olive Farm Wines 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine is dark cherry coloured, with deep ruby hues. The palate contains a medley of cherries, licorice, and blackcurrants with smooth supple tannins and is a medium to full bodied red with notes of dark chocolate, cedar, and blueberries.

Decanter, to experience the finesse and elegance this Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has to offer.

3. Swanbrook 2015 Chardonnay

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to drink red wine.

Winter is also the time for a rich, buttery Chardonnay. The Swanbrook 2015 Chardonnay is full-bodied with an intense melon and peach bouquet with overtones of butter and cashew nuts.

For the palate, this wine presents fruit flavours of nectarine, peach and apple and partial maturation on French oak adds vanilla and spice flavours too.

This Chardonnay is a great wine to accompany creamy dishes, such as rich seafood, or a cream-based pasta.

4. Entopia 2016 Vintage Red Port

Whether you love port, hate it or have never tried it, there’s no doubt it’s often seen as a winter drink.

There are a lot of wines to sample this winter, but port is one you’ll likely be reaching for after celebrations, by the fireplace, and on the longest of cold winter nights.

The Entopia 2016 Vintage Red Port is filled with black fruits and licorice flavours and the chalky tannins give the wine a tight but lengthy finish.

5. Mulled Wine

We couldn’t possibly write about winter wines without giving mulled wine a bit of a shout out!

Originating from Rome in the 2nd century, mulled wine gives you something a little bit more warm and fuzzy.

Some Swan Valley wineries even prepare and serve mulled wine throughout the winter months.

Mulled Wine

Too cold to venture outside? With a few simple ingredients including cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, red wine, and many recipes available online, why not make your own at home?

As you can see, there are many different types of wine for your winter drinking pleasure and Perth’s Swan Valley is home to some of the very best!

So, head to the Swan Valley today – Cozy up by one of the fireplaces and enjoy a hot winter’s meal with a glass of red, book one of our wine tours, or simply purchase some quality wine from one of the many wine cellars.

Want to find out more about the different tour options we have to offer? Visit our bus tours page or get in touch today!


Posted in Wines and tagged on 8th June 2018.

Latest News


"Many thanks for being a perfect host to us on Saturday, we had so much fun! We all enjoyed the venues, food, wine and sweet treats at the end. I would (and I will) recommend your business to my friends and colleagues, you have a great energy and a good sense of humour."



"Matt is a true gentleman. He works hard to make his tours the best. You're looked after 100% and feel very relaxed from start to finish! If you love boutique beers and a great friendly hospitality Top Gun Tours won't disappoint :-) thank you"



"I just wanted to say thanks for doing everything possible to give us a great experience during our beer tour on 30th Dec. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would like to commend you on your service and professionalism. You made the brewery tour one to remember, we won't hesitate in recommending you to our friends and we'll definitely book another tour with you sometime in the future."



"Thanks for the awesome brewery tour Matt! Everything went so well and it was great to just relax and know that the day was in good hands. Thanks so much, everyone had a ball!!"



"Awesome tour once again (my 3rd time now, it's that good). Matt is a legend, can't speak highly enough of him (even though he wore his Hawthorn jersey all day after the grand final). If you're looking for a fun day out, get onto the liquid gold brewery tour. Looking forward to the next trip with Top Gun in the future!"



"This tour really was 'Top Gun'. Premier venues, tastings, lunch and coach travel with added fizz from Matt. We have been on wine trips around the world - California, France and Spain in particular - and this trip was up there with the very best. Close to Perth, short distance between wineries so more tastings and less travel time. Would recommend a visit to the Swan Valley. Many thanks again Matt for a fantastic day."