Kirrihill 2015 Watervale Riesling
The rieslings from this Clare Valley producer are reliably good, with this single region one just edging out a $16 sibling that’s also very tasty.
This is a delightful dry white wine, floral and immediately appealing with fresh lemon and grapefruit notes on the palate, which is aided and abetted by some brisk minerally acid.
The back label notes suggest cellaring it. I say drink it now while it is fresh and vibrant. Try Lock Stock & Bottle at Abbotsford. $20.
Burns and Fuller 2014 Langhorne Creek Shiraz
Simple label, simple wine – but it comes at a bargain basement price and is a perfect choice when you want a decent red without breaking the bank.
From the team at Fourth Wave Wines, who also import some terrific labels from Europe, it uses fruit from Langhorne Creek in South Australia, arguably the most unsung wine region in the country, along with a small percentage from McLaren Vale.
This has flavour, power, balance with rich, ripe flavours and is extremely enjoyable budget drinking. $15.
Brokenwood 2015 Semillon
Hunter semillon is the quintessential summer thirst quencher, zesty, lemony and full of vibrant, refreshing acidity.
This is a stand-out from one of the leading producers in the Hunter Valley, and a great match for seafood dishes, summer picnics or salads. Its freshness means it also pairs well with vegetarian dishes.
If you have the patience it will blossom in your cellar, but I’d chill it and bring it out this weekend. $25.