Pepik 2012 Chardonnay $20
The 2012 chardonnays from Jeremy Dineen, the winemaker at the Josef Chromy winery in Tasmania, are right in the groove. This is the entry-level wine and it’s a very fine drink for the price.
It’s a fresh, easy-drinking style, full of vibrant cool-climate fruit but nicely put together with quality Tasmanian fruit the driving force.
There’s a nice balance between citrus and stone fruit flavours, making it a terrific all-purpose white.
Westend 2010 Hilltops Shiraz $16
Westend Estate is a hugely successful family winery based in the Riverina that produces several ranges that punch above their weight when it comes to value (winemaker Bill Calabria is an ex boxer).
This is one of a range of cool-climate wines made using fruit from the Hilltops region near Young and it offers intense plummy/dark berry flavours and impressive structure.
Great with pizza or pasta.
Brokenwood 2012 Semillon
If you enjoy bright young wines with plenty of acid lift, you won’t go wrong with this outstanding youthful Hunter Valley semillon that’s full of vibrancy and life.
In a few years’ time this will become a mellow old fellow but right now it’s a really nice choice to pair with seafood or spicy Thai dishes.
It has citrus on both the nose and palate and is wonderfully refreshing.