So it’s Spring and we all know what that means, Alfresco everything!

The team at Bayfield’s have collectively garnered over 50 years experience in the wine trade, so they know their stuff about a good drop or two. We’ve asked them what their favourite wines are to add to the picnic basket this Spring. 


With over 26 years at Bayfield’s Andy has picked up the odd tip about a good drop of wine! As the group’s Product Buyer he suggests topping up the Picnic Hamper with these beauties!

Deep Woods “Ivory” Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Perfect with summer fare this wine from the Margaret River displays fresh tropical and passionfruit aromas and flavours that are well supported by a dry crisp, acid backbone.

Andy says “If I didn’t live on this side of the country I would live in the Margaret River Region and this would be my “go to” white every day of the week! – Crisp & fresh and very gluggable – A trophy winning WA classic! Great with Fish & Chips”!

Taylors Estate Shiraz 2017

Taylors Estate Shiraz is a soft and fleshy Shiraz boasting a lively palate of juicy red berry fruits, plum and spice, along with subtle chocolate and savoury characters from the oak maturation.

Andy says “This Clare Valley Shiraz has won more medals than Ian Thorpe! A medium bodied Shiraz with subtle fruit and oak, nicely balanced and just perfect for those spring BBQ’s. Clean the grill and get outdoors!”


Craig has worked as Store Manager of the Belrose Liquor Superstore long before it came back into the Bayfield’s fold in August 2018. His top suggestions include:

Debortoli Rose Rosé

A pale dry Rosé  that has intense fruit aromas of peach and pomegranate. It’s essentially everything you want in a dry Rosé – dangerously fresh, generously textured, a touch of spice and brimming with sophistication. Craig describes it as “pale and dry, perfect with summer salads, particularly those with a bit of spice”. 

Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris

Craig’s favourite white this Spring is Ara Gris which “offers sensational value and amazingly good quality”.

From Marlborough this Pinot Gris is extremely popular with delicate aromas of pear and nectarine which flow through to honeyed floral and citrus notes on the palate. It is perfect with delicate white fish.


Chris has been Bayfield’s Dee Why Store Manager since May 2017. With over 15 years in the wine industry we asked Chris what his two top wine recommendations for Spring were;


Thanks to its spiciness, pure red fruits, fresh attributes and the myriad of different levels of depth and texture, Grenache is one of the most versatile wines to pair with food.  It dances happily on the palate with grilled, stewed and braised meats like beef, veal, pork, chicken and of course game. 

Chris describes this wine as an “unwooded red that is so light on its feet, it is perfect for the impending warmer weather“.

Hancock & Hancock Fiano

Again from McLaren Vale is Hancock & Hancock Fiano, fermented in old oak with reasonable solids, blended soon after ferment fined and held cold before filtering to bottle dry, fresh and savoury.

Chris describes it as “clean and fresh but still interesting” says Chris. “It’s also a great alternative to Pinot Grigio“.

If you are looking for some ideas to dress your Spring table then why not give these are try?

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