De Bortoli 2012 Windy Peak Chardonnay
You won’t find much better value than the De Bortoli Windy Peak range, which features quality Yarra Valley wines at bargain basement prices.
This is a lovely – and lively – chardonnay, lightly oaked, with aromas of fresh flowers and fresh citrus and stone fruit flavours on the creamy palate, which has surprising length.
A very good match for fish or poultry dishes.
Pizzini 2013 Rosetta
A delightful, thoroughly modern style of rosé which has luscious fresh wild berry flavours along with savoury notes and finishes very crisp and dry – making it an ideal choice for late summer enjoyment.
This is made from the Italian grape variety sangiovese, grown in Victoria’s King Valley.
A wine for enjoying in its youth, preferably chilled, and extremely versatile with food.
Worth a Splurge
Journey Wines 2012 Heathcote Shiraz
Well-travelled former Sydney sommelier turned winemaker Damian North is making some lovely wines under his Journey label and while this is not cheap, it is an outstanding cooler-climate shiraz from a very good vintage.
This is a complex, elegant wine with lovely balance and sensible alcohol levels (13.5%).
You’ll find dark fruit, chocolate and spice notes and impressively integrated oak. Lovely stuff.