Penfolds 2012 Koonunga Hill Chardonnay
Wine styles drift in and out of fashion but sometimes you want a reliable label that won’t produce any surprises.
Penfolds Koonunga Hill wines are renowned for offering good drinking at reasonable prices – and this is a prime example.
Made from fruit from several regions of South Australia, this has classic stone fruit and citrus notes, nice acid balance and restrained oak.
A good choice for midweek enjoyment. $16.
Bleeding Heart 2013 Shiraz
This is a blend of Riverland and McLaren Vale fruit that offers plenty of flavour with a very moderate price tag.
It’s a very easy-drinking wine, this; soft, plush and fruit-driven with sweet dark berry flavours but nicely in balance at just 13.5 per cent alcohol.
It is a wine for enjoying now, while it’s still vibrant, and it would be great paired with steaks, a barbecue or something more exotic like Lebanese kofta sausages. $13.
Jim Barry 2014 Watervale Riesling
A classic young Clare Valley riesling, dry and alive with crunchy acidity.
This is elegant, even a little lean, in its youth but is refreshingly flinty with tremendous lemon and lime drive on the palate.
A very amiable companion for seafood dishes, crustaceans or spicy Asian dishes, or a delicious after-work pick-me-up after a long day.
Riesling is still undervalued, making this a tremendous bargain for under $20.