Meet three new releases offering great value for money
Tahbilk 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
The Tahbilk story dates to 1860 and the business has been owned by the Purbrick family since 1925. Five generations of the family have now been involved in the Victorian winery, which produces a wide range offering both flavour and elegance. You certainly get a whole lot of bang for your buck with this estate-grown wine, which is powerful and dark with spice, herbs and mint characteristics all contributing to the product, along with classy French oak. The Purbricks say this will cellar for a decade or more but it would be delicious right now with a weekend lamb roast. $26.
Bleasdale 2018 Potts’ Catch Verdelho
Verdelho is a Portuguese grape that has enjoyed popularity in Australia for over two decades but never really become a mainstream choice. The Potts family in Langhorne Creek, South Australia, are among the leaders when it comes to this fresh, fruity and vibrant style, which offers a fruit salad of flavours and finishes dry. It matches well with seafood and would be particularly good with a paella. It also serves well as an after-work quaffer. Our bottle was empty in no time. $18.
Grant Burge 2016 Filsell Barossa Old Vines Shiraz
You know that time when you are looking for a wine to take to a dinner date; or to impress that special someone without spending a motza. Here’s the answer; a classic big and rich Barossa wine from vines that are approaching 100 years of age and a label that is familiar and well respected. There is a lot of depth of flavour here with dark plum and black pepper with some appealing softness on the finish. This full-blooded beast would pair brilliantly with a slow-cooked beef dish. Try Dan Murphy’s stores and look out for it on special. $38.