The best wines to gift this Christmas, from chardonnay and Champagne to fiano and sangiovese

The West Australian’s wine editor Paul Edwards reveals his top five drops for Christmas gifting.

For more present ideas, check out The West Australian’s 2022 Christmas Gift Guide, free inside today’s West.

The stocking stuffer

Amelia Park 2021 Trellis chardonnay

Quite simply the best value chardonnay on the market, this one ($18) is a sophisticated and modern style. Packed with flavours of almond, cashew, grapefruit and nectarine, it is sleek and very impressive — perfect for a stocking filler.

The red

Swinney 2021 Frankland River grenache

Grenache is the hottest red grape variety in Australia and Swinney make some of the best. Sourced from dry-grown, low yielding, bush vines This medium-bodied red ($45) is elegant, yet mouth-filling and highly complex — offering flavours of spice, plum, raspberries, graphite and violets. More than enough to satisfy the fussiest wine wonk.

The white

Marq 2022 fiano

A perfect introduction for anyone exploring alternative varieties, Marq wines are early pioneers in lesser-known grapes and, over many years, have perfected their style. Often compared to chardonnay, this fiano ($30) has classic generosity but is fresher and crisper with sumptuous nectarine flavours. Perfect with a Christmas seafood feast.

The wine-lover’s wine

South by South West 2022 sangiovese

Italian varieties are finding their feet in Western Australia, with smart young producers like South by South by West. This vibrant red ($40) has all the zippy bite and grip of top quality Tuscan sangiovese, with a lightness of touch and a crunchy, delicious, sun-blessed WA fruitiness.

The splurge

Billecart-Salmon brut rosé with Champagne decanter

This gift set ($399) is More than a little decadence for the Champagne lover who has everything, Billecart-Salmon have embraced a sommelier-driven trend, treating top-end Champagne like a ‘still’ wine. As such they recommend not only drinking from larger tulip glasses, but also decanting before drinking, as it The process, helps release the complex aromatics, and this set ($399) includes a stunning decanter that reflects the brand’s unique bottle shape.

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