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.
A ripe and expressive cabernet merlot at a bargain price, laced with berry compote character, mixed spice and finishing with crunchy redcurrant definition. It’s ready to go right away, though its soft, supple tannins will hold it for a couple of years.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
A pretty, fragrant lunchtime claret of medium-bodied restraint, with a ripe, warm finish. Tannins are finely textured and its fruit core is bright and lively, making for an immediately appealing and great value style. $15 at Grays, Winecave, Cellarbrations, Wine Cow and Dan’s.
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, […]
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 […]
Hoddles Creek overlays zesty, cool, high Upper Yarra chardonnay with layers of leesy, charcuterie barrel ferment complexity. The result looks a lot more sophisticated than its price lets on: structured, textural, tense and persistent, loaded with plenty of potential in the cellar. $18 at Edinburgh Cellars.