Reach for a Cool Climate & High Altitude Red for Winter
Winter has arrived and just like we update our wardrobe to suit the season, it’s also time to reach for a full-bodied red to keep us warm. I recently got my hands on the McWilliam’s McW 660 Reserve Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon, part of the winery’s Australian cool climate high altitude red wines - renowned for being elegant, food-friendly and generous in flavour.
What set the range apart in terms of flavour are the conditions in which the grapes are grown. High altitude areas provide the grapes with intense sunshine during the day and cooler climates at night, which means prolonged ripening periods. In turn, this produces well-balanced wines that are delicious with a variety of cuisines - whether it’s a home cooked roast, fresh meatball spaghetti or simply a glass on its own.
The McW 660 Reserve Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon is an intense fusion of red and purple and presents aromas of vibrant blackberry, bay leaf and dark chocolate fruits, coupled with sophisticated oak notes. On the palate notes of dark berries and dark chocolate dance on the tongue finishing with fine-grained dry tannins. I enjoyed this drop during a Saturday night in paired with a selection of cured meats including salami and prosciutto and a selection of hard cheeses. While I would describe this wine as full-flavoured, it wasn’t heavy or overpowering making it very easy drinking. I would recommend this bottle for your next winter dinner party or binge-watching your latest Netflix obsession.
McWilliam’s McW 660 Reserve Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon is available from major retailers and independent stores nationally. RRP AUD 25.