Cheap & cheerful
Logan 2016 Apple Tree Flat Rosé
The Apple Tree Flat range from Peter Logan offers some of the best-value drinking found in Australia. The Inner West-based Logan sources fruit from Orange, Mudgee and Central Ranges for this label. It’s a fun and refreshing rosé; a blend of tempranillo, shiraz and merlot grapes with red berry aromas and flavours, watermelon freshness and a brisk finish. Best enjoyed well chilled, and a good choice for a post-drink quaffer or to pair with Lebanese flatbreads, dips and vegetarian offerings. $13.
Henry’s Drive 2015 Pillar Box Red
A classic Australian fusion of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon grapes from Padthaway in South Australia has resulted in a bright, vibrant red for midweek drinking. Dark berry fruit flavours and hints of pepper and spice make this easy to drink and extremely food friendly. Don’t bother cellaring this, it is made for immediate enjoyment and will pair well with pizza and pasta dishes, gourmet sausages or hamburgers. A pillar box is the old name for a mailbox – Henry’s Drive is named after a 19th century mail coach service. $16.
La Vendetta 2016 La Fiamma Pinot Grigio
An excellent import from the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy, this is one of a number of attractive European wines brought into Australia by Fourth Wave Wines. Made in the crisp, lively grigio style with bright acidity, this is a very refreshing dry white with floral aromas and plenty of punch and length. It would be an excellent partner for dishes like spaghetti vongole or cozze, pan-fried flathead, or simply for savouring on a warm spring evening. $18.