Xanadu Next of Kin Margaret River Chardonnay

Zesty grapefruit and lemon crunch provide tension and freshness to flavourful Gin Gin clone Margaret River chardonnay. Gentle texture derives from part wild fermentation and lees stirring in just 10% new barrels. Driven by malic acidity, this is a fresh, lively and great value aperitif style. $12 at Wine Cow.

Turkey Flat Vineyards Rosé

The 21st release of Australia’s most famous rosés is an impressive vintage, beautifully pure, fragrant and fresh. It’s packed with rose petal, raspberry and watermelon flavours, plenty of spicy body and a well-toned, tangy, almost dry finish. 93% grenache, 4% shiraz, 2% cabernet sauvignon and 1% dolcetto. Best price direct.

By Brad Margaret River Cabernet Merlot

Precise and impeccably defined cabernet merlot, accurately representing Margaret River in a strong season. Depth, character and persistence all perform well beyond its price, while retaining a finely structured tannin grip and medium-bodied eloquence. Exceptional value. $14 at Jim Murphy’s.

St Hallett Faith Barossa Shiraz

A classic and idiosyncratic Barossa shiraz at a bargain price. It’s packed with glossy black plum and tangy black cherry fruit, set against a backdrop of high cocoa dark chocolate and liquorice. Finely textured tannins support a long and well structured finish. It has the generosity to appeal right away, and the kind of structural […]

St Hallett Eden Valley Riesling

A February harvest in the wake of a heatwave makes for a more generous and immediately approachable riesling. The bouquet is pretty, spanning fragrant lemon blossom, lime zest, orange pulp and the generous, exotic allure of guava. A succulent and approachable palate presents generous fruit presence, evenly balanced by soft acidity, making for an style […]

Teusner The Gentleman Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

David Forrest’s vineyard enjoys one of the highest elevations in the Barossa, yielding a cabernet of density and intensity, layered with cassis, blackcurrants, liquorice and dark chocolate. It declares the depth and glossy succulence of great Eden Valley fruit, yet all the while tangy, controlled and finely structured, with vibrant, high altitude acidity and supple, […]

Hoddles Creek Estate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Is this the best sub-$20 pinot of the moment? Yes. Just don’t drink it yet. Its hue is impressively lively, a vibrant, medium purple-red. Pristine purity of red berry and red cherry fruit of cool, high, Upper Yarra elegance is charged with an energising line of lively acidity and a finely textured backbone of well-crafted […]