It’s the weekend, so of course you’re thinking wine. To help you avoid staring blankly at your local bottle shop’s shelves, we’ve put together some ideas, including a wine for pizza night, one for soaking up the last days of summer and one with a blush. The best part? They’re all $25 or less, so you won’t have to break the bank.
For holding onto summer…
2016 Rieslingfreak No. 4 Riesling
From two vineyards in the Eden Valley. Elegance is the first name of this wine, quickly pursued by purity and silky acidity, then lemon and green apple fruit flavours. This is a lovely wine to drink now or much later. Fully deserved its gold medals at the Adelaide and Melbourne Wine Shows '16.
RRP $24 | 2031 | Rieslingfreak
For painting the town red…
2015 Epsilon Barossa Valley Shiraz
An alluring shiraz that tiptoes an elegant aromatic line of lilac, violet, iodine and sapid blueberry notes, laced with star anise and clove. The palate, too, does not disappoint. Fine-grained, slinky tannins and saline acidity serve as a confluence to the free-flowing fruit and expanding, more savoury, tones of smoked meats, black olive and liquorice root. Northern Rhone? A wine of a deft hand and fresh fruit picked at the optimal window of opportunity. Bravo! NG
RRP $20 | 2025 | Epsilon
For those who like to drink pink…
2015 Dominique Portet Fontaine Yarra Valley Rose
Pale salmon-pink; the super-fragrant bouquet paves the way for a rose that has to please all comers with or without food, tapas perfect. The posy of red fruits covers all the bases, the palate juicy and long, the acidity perfect, the finish dry. A beauty.
RRP $22 | 2017 | Dominique Portet
For pizza night…
2015 Tar & Roses Heathcote Sangiovese
All French oak, none of it new. It's quite a hefty style, in a varietal context, but with the heft comes seduction. Sweet spice, ripe plum, a run of red cherry and a lacing of cedar wood. It smells enticing and engages you on the palate. It's hard to go wrong here. CM
RRP $24 | 2021 | Tar & Roses
For a different drop…
2015 DOWIE DOOLE McLaren Vale Chenin Blanc
Produced from 80+yo vines on the Tintookie Vineyard in the cooler foothills of McLaren Vale. There's no question this lineage gives the wine more presence and authority than almost all of its varietal peers; there is a vibrancy and length to the fruit flavours that takes it into another league, the tangy, citrussy acidity on the finish tying the knot of a handsome parcel.
RRP $25 | 2020 | DOWIE DOOLE
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