Looking for plenty of flavour? These three wines fit the bill
Austins & Co 2016 Chardonnay
The Geelong region in Victoria is well worth discovering, as it produces some excellent cool-climate wines without the sometimes-hefty price tags of the Yarra Valley or the Mornington Peninsula. This is a case in point; a very impressive – and elegant – chardonnay from a family winery in the Moorabool Valley. You’ll find classic lemon and lime citrus notes on the palate here, with natural ferment and oak playing minor supporting roles. Lees contact has ensured plenty of textural interest, but it is the quality fruit that shines. Pair with pan-fried whiting. $35.
Heartland 2015 Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet
A lip-smacking good red from Langhorne Creek in South Australia that offers some of the best value to be found among current-release red blends. This combo of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon is made by Ben Glaetzer, a member of one of Australia’s most famous wine-making families. Think dark plum and cherry fruit characters along with spicy notes. You’ll find plenty of intensity here and surprising structure, too, along with bright acid. This is a very good barbecue wine that would also be terrific when served with a traditional lamb roast. $17.
Shaw + Smith 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Back in 1989, when it was first released, Shaw + Smith sauvignon blanc was the “next big thing”. It helped pave the way for sauvignon blanc’s immense popularity over the past 30 years and remains a “go to” choice for its many fans. A sustainably-produced Adelaide Hills benchmark, it is slightly tweaked each year by winemaker Adam Wadewitz, depending on the vintage, but it remains supremely stylish with zippy grapefruit characters on the palate. Outstanding with fresh seafood and best enjoyed in its youth, this remains as fashionable as ever. $27.