Everyone is looking for a bargain right now and you can't go wrong with this delicious Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo from Dan Murphy's. It's a beefy, rustic number with nice savoury characters; perfect with pasta, pizza or roast meats and great value at $12.
Friday, December 19, 2008
You wouldn't mistake this for anything other than chardonnay with its big, creamy, rich flavours. But it also has nice balance with relatively low alcohol, melon and grapefruit on the palate and well-integrated oak. A whole bottle simply evaporated. $24.
You wouldn't mistake this for anything other than chardonnay with its big, creamy rich flavours. But it also has nice balance with relatively low alcohol, melon and grapefruit flavours and well integrated oak. A whole bottle simply evaporated. $24.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
With the holiday season fast approaching, lovers of sparkling wines would be well advised to grab a bottle or two of this very fine bubbly. Made largely from chardonnay, it oozes freshness and elegance - and is disturbingly easy to drink. $35.
Friday, December 5, 2008
There are more and more quality pinots coming out of Tasmania - and Steve Lubiana is one of the finest exponents. This is a fresh, juicy and vibrant with tons of berry/cherry flavours designed for enjoying in its youth. Barbecued duck anyone? $30.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
You've got to love a wine that's as easy to drink as this perennial winner from Margaret River. Fruit-driven, it is fresh and zesty - but beautifully balanced with lovely acid. It seemed to evaporate in the glass. Enjoy in its youth with snapper fillets. $28.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
There are some very good 2008 rieslings on the market but you won't do better than this crisp, refreshing wine from high-altitude, cool-climate vineyards. Nicely structured with oodles of flavour, citrusy minerality and lovely finishing acid. $20.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Call me a wine snob, but I didn't expect to like this. I was wrong. It's a really good summer drink with plenty of freshness and vitality. It's crisp, zingy and quite dry and you can't go wrong at the price. Perfect with a seafood barbecue. $9.
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
You wouldn't mistake this for anything other than an Australian shiraz - it's a big, bold wine with plenty of plum and chocolate flavours, hints of spicy oak and tons of weight. The perfect midweek or barbecue wine for those on a budget. Always a bargain. $16.
You wouldn't mistake this for anything other than an Australian shiraz - it's a big, bold wine with plenty of plum and chocolate flavours, hints of spicy oak and plenty of weight. The perfect midweek or barbecue wine for those on a budget, it's always a bargain. $16.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This West Gippsland winery produces no fewer than four pinots gris each year. This is a really interesting sparkler with pear notes on the nose, very fine bubbles and a fresh, vibrant palate with hints of creaminess. A lovely aperitif. $33.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thoroughly modern, thoroughly delicious! I love this Margaret River chardy, which has white peaches and cream flavours, light but spicy oak beautifully integrated and a clean, fresh acid finish. Complex but enjoyable. Bring a second bottle! $37.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Primitivo is native to Croatia, popular Italy, usually called zinfandel in the US and Australia. This is a big, spicy number, with berry/cherry and spice flavours. Bright and fresh with soft tannins and nice balance given it carries 16% alcohol. $22.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
This is terrific for the price, with nice crisp fruit flavours in a bright and zingy wine that has seen just a touch of oak. If you like your chardonnays fresh and clean with rich, tropical fruit flavours on the palate then you'll enjoy this. $8.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
It's easy to fall in love with this juicy, fruity red from a winery that specialises in Rhone varieties. You'll find hints of pepper and spice, some savoury notes and subtle oak - but most of all this is gloriously gluggable with pizza or pasta. $16.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
The Bowens makes reds that are big and flavoursome in their youth and develop beautifully over a decade or two. This is a stunner with generous aromas and dark berry flavours on the palate. Great structure, lovely tannins, the whole package. $26.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tar & Roses is an exciting new label from former Mitchelton winemaker Don Lewis and business partner Narelle King. The sangiovese, tempranillo and nebbiolo are great but this shines with gorgeous fruit, pepper and spice and drinkability. Bargain. $18.
Friday, May 23, 2008
If you enjoy wines with plenty of grunt you'll love this McLaren Vale offering, which is dark, big, rich and opulent. You'll find blackberry, plum and spice characters, dollops of bold oak and plenty of mouthfeel. Pair it with steak and kidney pie. $25.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
There are not many bottles of budget red that enthuse me, but two of us drank a bottle of this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Juicy, slightly spicy and medium bodied, it just oozes drinkability. Great with steaks, pizzas or pastas and terrific value at $10.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
A terrific budget-priced wine for drinking in its youth. There are lovely aromatics and plenty of flavour on the palate, where you'll discover crisp sweet fruit flavours and a zesty finish. Enjoy chilled with spicy Thai dishes or grilled seafood. $16.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It's a mystery why varietal grenache has fallen out of favour when there are wines like this available; medium-bodied with hints of spice, subtle oak and savoury characters, this offers real drinkability and affordability. $18.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Probably first wine from the 2008 vintage to be released, and it's a ripping little pink number, effervescent and fresh with lashings of sweet Muscat fruit. A lively aperitif-style wine with just 5.5% alcohol that's sold in 375ml bottles. $12.50.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
This may be Australia's best sparkling wine. A classic Tasmanian blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, it is a bubbly with style and sophistication. There's lovely complexity but also freshness in a wine with wonderful balance and refreshing acidity. $55.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Verdelho is often casually dismissed, but can be very refreshing when made well - and this is. Fresh, zingy and zesty, it is the perfect wine for a warm autumn afternoon. There are some tropical fruit flavours but also some lovely crispness. $18.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
The Casella family have enjoyed huge success with their [Yellow Tail] label but for this range they source fruit from around the country (in this case McLaren Vale) to make stylish, well-structured wines. This is soft, appealing and food-friendly. $18.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The 2007 vintage was a difficult one for riesling in the Clare Valley but winemaker Paul Smith has come up trumps with this lovely Watervale wine. Floral aromas, intense classic citrus and mineral characters and a crisp finish. Gorgeous. $30.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
One of Australia's biggest wine bargains, particularly as it is often on discount. There are some lovely dark berry characters here, along with plums and spice. A more elegant, fragrant wine than the standard JC Shiraz and disturbingly drinkable. $18.
This is one of Australia's biggest wine bargains, particularly as it is on discount. There are some lovely dark berry characters here, along with plums and spice. A more elegant, fragrant wine than the standard JC Shiraz and disturbingly drinkable. $18.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This has to be one Australia's best wine bargains! There's plenty of flavour but also elegance and complexity that you don't often find in this price bracket. Dark berry and herbal notes on the palate with oak in support. Lovely, soft and savoury. $10.