Classy chardy – Flametree 2019 Chardonnay
A nicely composed dinner party-quality chardonnay from Margaret River for under $30? What is not to like? This is a blend of fruit from four quality vineyards that was wild fermented in French oak with a small portion going through malo and lees stirring for added palate complexity. There are some extremely attractive pale citrus flavours, savoury notes, and some bright acid. A wine for enjoying in its youth – and a brilliant partner for a roast pork dish. $29.
Barossa classic – Grant Burge 2018 Filsell Old Vine Shiraz
A new release of a Barossa shiraz that always offers terrific value for money. Using fruit from the century-old Filsell vineyard, among others, it is judiciously put together with classic Barossa dark fruit characters and some assertive vanilla oak, but everything has come together harmoniously, albeit with richness and intensity. Pair this with a casserole or a serious barbecue with some quality steaks – or put it away in the cellar for a few years. A terrific Father’s Day choice. $48.
French accent – Duo des Mers 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Here is a nifty little French bargain that I stumbled across in Dan Murphy’s. Made by a well-regarded co-op in the Languedoc-Roussillon region from fruit sourced from Cotes de Gascogne – just above the Spanish border – this is low in alcohol at 11.5% but still offers tropical fruit-powered refreshment with a citrusy tang that I suspect is made without oak treatment. An ideal quaffer, best served well chilled, on a warm day. $10.
Tassie Treat- Josef Chromy 2019 Pepik Pinot Noir
Not all Tasmanian pinot noirs demand you take out an overdraft. This is a delightfully fruity entry level offering from the team at Josef Chromy that delivers freshness and easy drinking, along with plenty of varietal character. This is at the lighter end of the spectrum and could easily be enjoy chilled on a warm day, but it also has enough substance to pair stylishly with both vegetarian and casual dishes. Pair with a veggie burger for a real treat. $25.
Serious bargain – Seppelt 2019 Hundredweight Hill Shiraz
One of a number of exceptionally good buys to be found at Aldi supermarkets, this is a very classy medium-bodied shiraz from Heathcote in Victoria. It has some bright red berry characters, appealing earthiness, and some spicy hints. Soft and easy to drink, this has some nice textural elements with cedary oak playing an important support role. Really good everyday drinking. $13.
Cracking rose – Calabria Bros. 2020 Sophie Sangiovese Rose
Sophie is both the name of one of winemaker Bill Calabria’s granddaughters and of a vineyard in the Barossa Valley. This is a really delightful savoury rose, perfect for enjoying on a sunny spring afternoon. My wife described it as “one of the best roses I’ve had this year”. It finishes dry but is enliven by bright fruit sweetness and crisp, minerally acidity. Pair with a Lebanese banquet for a budget gourmet feast. $20.
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