Check out this trio
Jacob’s Creek 2018 Classic Riesling
I’m always happy to hand over cash for a bottle of two of what has become recognised as one of Australia’s best white wine bargains; a dry riesling with surprising style and sophistication. This is crisp, clean and refreshing with some nice biting acidity on the finish and would pair equally well with fresh seafood or a Thai stir fry. Give it a go and you will be pleasantly surprised. It’s great to have a bottle in the fridge when friends drop round. $12.
Elgee Park 2016 Pinot Noir
Buying cheap pinot noir can be a big mistake. It is a difficult grape to work with and most pinots in the $20 bracket are either dreadful or taste like generic dry red. This might not be cheap and cheerful but you get a lot of poise and elegance for your hard-earned buck. It features grapes from the oldest vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, planted in 1972, and it is beautifully balanced with impressive finesse and a silky finish. Splash out on this one. $45.
Yalumba Y Series 2018 Chardonnay
I’d be hard-pressed to name a better-value range of wines than the Y Series from Yalumba, which consistently over-delivers on quality. It is a blend of fruit from several different regions in South Australia and wild ferment adds some interesting character. This has classic stone fruit and citrus flavours, spice market hints, minimal oak and is very nicely balanced. Look out for it on special and pair with old-style fish and chips. It is vegan-friendly, too. $14.