it’s time for a change with autumn’s arrival

Tercius Rose 2013, Portugal
Tercius Rose 2013, Portugal

With the curtain finally closing on our Indian summer and the wine harvests under way, there couldn’t be a better time to replenish the wine rack with styles to suit the change of seasons.

Cooler temperatures and the vibrant hues of autumn leaves signal wines with good levels of ripeness, concentration and power, just as if you were picking the grapes straight from the vine.

To celebrate such favourable conditions, here are some bunches that made the crush in previous harvests...

Just when you thought it was time to pass by those pale Provencal pinks, a polished Portuguese the colour of pomegranate reminds us that rose is not just a summer sipper and can be enjoyed year-round. Try Ter cius Rose 2013, Portugal (£7.99, Marks & Spencer) which is boosted by a good proportion of touriga nacional, along with castelao, for its vibrant, fruity flavours and the resulting berry delicious combo with a splash of shiraz (syrah) is refreshingly complex for a rose.

A joint venture between Waitrose and Cape winemaker Cederberg to support community projects, if you ever needed an excuse to drink for a good cause, Cederberg Waitrose Foundation Chenin Blanc 2013, Cederberg, South Africa (£8.99, Waitrose) is it. Overflowing with peach, pear and lime with a blossomy nose, it bridges the gap between a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc and has intensity without weight.

A far cry from the neutral white wines of north-east Italy we’ve grown accustomed to, try La Tunella Pinot Grigio 2013, Italy (£11.25, {http://www.corneyandbarrow.com|www.corneyandbarrow.com|