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.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Grant Burge 2007 Summers Chadonnay
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.
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Grant Burge 2007 Summers Chardonnay
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.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Blue Pyrenees 2001 Midnight Cuvée
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.
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Friday, December 5, 2008
Stefano Lubiana 2007 Primavera Pinot Noir
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.
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
IMPORT SPECIAL Paul Mas 2007 Chardonnay
Australian producers should be afraid when imports this good are available at Dan Murphy's. This is a lovely chardonnay with tropical fruit flavours and nice acid. The 07 Cabernet Sauvignon is equally good. Both are just $8.99.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Cape Mentelle 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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. $28.
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Cape Mentelle 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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.
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Friday, November 14, 2008
Gapsted 2008 Petit Manseng
A lovely surprise! Made from a southern French grape, it has gorgeous lime/honeysuckle aromas and delicious tangy stonefruit flavours on the palate, which has fruit sweetness but finishes off-dry. Pair with Vietnamese food. $21.
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Friday, November 7, 2008
Heggies 2008 Eden Valley Riesling
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.
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Cannibal Creek 2005 Pinot Noir
A lovely pinot from a family operation at Pakenham, between Melbourne and West Gippsland. This fragrant number has lovely sweet berries on the nose and fresh dark cherry flavours on the palate with hints of toasty oak and lovely structure. $26.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
[Yellow Tail] 2008 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
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.
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Friday, October 24, 2008
3 Tales 2008 Sauvignon Blanc
Looking for a wine that's Kiwi sauvignon blanc but not too much in your face? This joint effort between De Bortoli and leading Kiwi winemaker Brett Marris is midway between Marlborough and Sancerre in style. Very crisp, very drinkable. $19.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Sandalford 2008 Rosé
The quintessential summer wine, this off-dry rosé from Margaret River is designed to be enjoyed well chilled while still deliciously fresh and youthful. Think strawberry juice in a glass and you get the idea. Great with picnics or Lebanese dishes. $20.
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Taylors 2008 Riesling
Wow! This is an absolutely delicious – and bone dry - Clare Valley riesling with lashings of lemon and lime on the palate and all the crispness of a fresh green apple. The perfect wine for a summer evening and great with Asian dishes. $19.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Penna Lane 2008 Riesling
For the second straight year Penna Lane's Clare riesling finished with high marks from my blind tasting. It's a lovely aromatic wine with intense citrus flavours on the palate and some bright and breezy acidity. The ideal after-work pick-me-up. $20.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Hardys 2006 Oomoo Shiraz
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.
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Hardys 2006 Oomoo Shiraz
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.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Ten Minutes By Tractor 2006 Wallis Chardonnay
A glorious single vineyard chardonnay from one of the best producers on the Mornington Peninsula. This has wonderful purity of flavour, tight citrus notes, minerality and excellent acidity. $55.
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Monday, September 8, 2008
Talinga Park 2008 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
A candidate for bargain of the year. Fresh and zingy, it's the perfect summer wine with tropical fruit and lime flavours and a nice dry finish. A wine for enjoying well chilled, it would be perfect with barbecued prawns. $9.95.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Brandy Creek 2006 Sparkling Pinot Gris
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
McHenry Hohnen 2007 Rocky Road Chardonnay
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
Kangarilla Road 2006 Primitivo
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.
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Sunday, August 3, 2008
Lauca Reserva 2005 Carmenere
Chile is producing some superb red wines at very reasonable prices - as shown by this little beauty. Made from a grape that's unknown here, it is really flavoursome; soft and smooth with balance and relatively low alcohol. $20.
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Friday, July 25, 2008
Yalumba Oxford Landing 2007 Chardonnay
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.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Heemskerk 2007 Derwent Valley Pinot Noir
Welcome back Heemskerk! Talented winemaker Anna Pooley has created a superb new range with an 06 Chardonnay and 07 Riesling joining this rich, earthy but approachable Tasmanian pinot that combines robust flavours with elegance. $60.
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Friday, July 4, 2008
Rutherglen Estates 2006 Mourvedre Shiraz Greenache
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.
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Sunday, June 29, 2008
Burgans 2006 Albarino
Several keen judges believe albarino is the next big thing; and many Australian producers have already planted it. This is the real deal, from Spain, a Vintage Cellars special with apple flavours, honeyed textures and lovely finishing acid. $15.
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Monday, June 23, 2008
Bowen Estate 2006 Coonawarra Shiraz
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.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tar & Roses 2006 Heathcote Shiraz
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.
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Friday, May 23, 2008
Dowie Doole 2006 Shiraz
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.
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Sunday, May 18, 2008
Jacob's Creek 2007 Grenache Shiraz
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.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Alkoomi 2007 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
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.
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Friday, May 2, 2008
Capel Vale 2007 Debut Verdelho
Verdelho is very refreshing when made well, and this is made very well indeed. Fresh zingy and zesty, it's the perfect wine for a warm autumn afternoon. Tropical fruit flavours and crispness make it a good partner for spicy food. $18.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Conte Estate The Numb Hand Pruner 2006 Grenache
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.
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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Innocent Bystander 2008 Moscato
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.
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Sunday, April 6, 2008
Bay of Fires 2002 Arras
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.
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Sunday, March 30, 2008
Logan 2007 Apple Tree Flat Chardonnay
What a great buy! It is hard to go past a well-made, flavoursome chardonnay like one. It offers some lovely varietal characters, with stone and citrus fruit flavours to the fore, making it an excellent quaffer for $11.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Pipers Brook Vineyard 2007 Riesling
One of a number of excellent rieslings coming out of Tasmania, this is a wonderfully vibrant wine with intense floral aromas and just the right balance of citrus and minerality on the palate. Crisp and dry with lingering mouthfeel. $28.
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Thursday, March 6, 2008
Capel Vale 2007 Debut Verdelho
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.
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Saturday, March 1, 2008
Casella 2006 Yendah Shiraz Viognier
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.
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Knappstein Ackland Vineyard 2007 Riesling
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
Jacob's Creek 2005 Reserve Shiraz
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.
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Jacob's Creek 2005 Reserve Shiraz
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.
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
Angove's 2006 Long Row Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Majella 2006 The Musician
A quintessentially Aussie blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz from Coonawarra, this is a budget offering from a top-notch winery. It’s soft and elegant with just a hint of oak to add complexity. A great wine for a barbecue. $18.
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Peter Lehmann 2007 Eden Valley Riesling
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