Sparkling bargain

Yarran NV Cuvée Blanc

Winemaker Sam Brewer is producing some terrific value wines from the Yarran winery at Yenda in the Riverina, and this is worth making a note of with party season around the corner. It is made from 100% early-picked chardonnay fruit, and is a crisp and lively bubbly with a citrusy kick and Granny Smith apple freshness. It pairs well with oysters and finger food — a real crowd pleaser for anyone on a tight budget. $14.

Summer Quaffer

Alkoomi 2017 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Alkoomi Wines at Frankland River is one of Western Australia’s largest family-owned and operated wine producers, and its entire white label range offers drinking pleasure at very affordable prices. This unoaked blend of 68% semillon and 32% sauvignon blanc is a super little wine for enjoying well-chilled over summer, with lemon sherbet and tropical fruit notes on the palate and some crisp acidity on the finish. It is a great after-work drink, or could be paired with seafood dishes. $15.

Barossa Beaut

Thorn-Clarke 2016 Sandpiper 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Thorn-Clarke wines from the Barossa are in a very good groove right now. This is an impressively bold red, typical of the Barossa, but also with terrific balance between black fruit cabernet notes, dark plum flavours, savoury oak and soft, appealing tannins. Hints of pepper poke through the fruit and there is plenty of length. A very good choice to accompany gourmet sausages or a backyard barbecue. $20.