Logan Weemala 2018 Riesling
Looking for a white wine to accompany spicy dishes like Thai curries, or peri peri chicken? You’ve come to the right place. This is a delightfully fresh and vibrant dry riesling with bright floral and citrus notes, lemon flavours and brisk acidity that go brilliantly with a bit of culinary heat. There is also a very good pinot gris in the same range, made by Peter Logan using fruit from cool-climate Orange in the central western NSW. $20.
Williams Crossing 2017 Pinot Noir
It can be hard to find affordable good quality pinot noir so it is well worth making a note of this standout from the Macedon Ranges region of Victoria. Williams Crossing is the entry-level label of renowned pinot producer Curly Flat and this is an excellent example of cool-climate pinot with plenty of poise and personality. Think dark cherries, hints of earthiness and approachable tannins. Medium-weighted with plenty of palate interest. Pair with poultry dishes. $29.
Soumah 2018 Chardonnay
There is a new label look for the Soumah range from the Yarra Valley and this chardonnay stands out from the crowd with its vibrancy and immediate appeal. The fruit for this wine is picked early to retain zingy natural acid notes and is then barrel fermented to add textural interest. It is beautifully balanced and could be enjoyed with anything from a vegetable quiche to roast pork. Serve lightly chilled to see it at its best. $28.
Old school red
d’Arenberg 2016 d’Arry’s Original
You won’t find too many reds to match this McLaren Vale blend for quality and value. Winemaker Chester Osborn has blended shiraz and grenache – two of the varieties that thrive in the region – to produce a bold wine with plenty of flavour that is extremely easy to drink thanks to basket-pressing and maturation in older French oak. This is a terrific all-purpose red for pairing with pizzas, pastas, burgers, weddings, parties, anything. $18-20.