Chain of Ponds 2017 Novello Pinot Grigio
There’s a new look to the wines under the Chain of Ponds label and some outstanding value on offer with wines like this take on pinot grigio; fresh, vibrant and made in the northern Italian style. The wines in the Novello range are designed for immediate drinking pleasure – and this will be best enjoyed served well chilled. It is simple in essence but if you enjoy your whites refreshing with crisp acid and myriad fresh fruit salad flavours then you’ll enjoy this. Pair with old school fish and chips. $16.
Derwent Estate 2016 Pinot Noir
Some of the best pinot noirs in Australia are now being made in cool-climate Tasmania and one of the names to watch out for is Derwent Estate, with vines that grow on the hills overlooking the Derwent River north of Hobart. The vines here are approaching a quarter of a century old and that maturity is reflected in this beautifully balanced wine in the “Boat Label range” with dark fruits starring alongside savoury notes. A weekend treat with Chinese roast duck. $39.
Yalumba Y Series 2017 Riesling
The Yalumba Y Series offers some of the best-value wines to be found in Australia; crafted by a top-notch team at Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, using fruit from the Barossa Valley and its cooler neighbour, the Eden Valley. This is high-quality dry riesling with fresh-cut flower fragrance along with bright citrus flavours and a lean acid backbone. The RRP is $15 but you’ll often find it cheaper on special. Pair it with spicy Thai or Vietnamese dishes. $14.