Deakin Estate 2015 Chardonnay
This tastes more expensive than it is; which has to be a bonus when money is tight after Christmas.
It’s a bargain basement chardonnay that ticks all the varietal boxes; it has stone fruit flavours, some nutty hints, citrus freshness and soft mouthfeel.
This is also food friendly and quite restrained with the potential to match with seafood and poultry dishes. Widely available and you can’t go wrong at the price. $10.
Harewood Estate 2015 Denmark Pinot Noir
Youthful pinot is a perfect wine style for summer with bright wines like this one well suited to a few minutes in the fridge to add refreshment value.
This is from an outstanding producer in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, where the fruit has been sourced from two coastal vineyards.
I like this for its freshness, fruit-driven charm and lively, vibrant acidity. Try Amato’s or Annandale Cellars. It’s a very good buy at $22.
Zonin NV Prosecco
Prosecco, the lively sparkling wine style from the Veneto region of Italy, has overtaken Champagne as the world’s favourite sparkling wine style.
Affordable wines like this quality import from a well-respected producer are the reason why. This is crisp, vibrant, uncomplicated and relatively low in alcohol.
It is a great party choice, adding a sophisticated Italian accent to just about any occasion. $14.