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Under $30: wines to drink at home

By Halliday Promotion

These overachieving wines deliver top value at $30 or less – make an occasion of everyday drinking by pairing them with relaxed, at-home meals and equally leisurely activities. 

    These wines over-deliver on quality at a fraction of the price, including styles that are food-friendly and easy-drinking, and others made to savour on their own. Find a wine to suit your preferences or, at $30 or less, why not choose a few? 

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  • 2017 Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Shiraz

  • It has a distinctively regional earthiness, ripe fruit with a hint of raisin, plus a good measure of vanilla oak. In the mouth, it's smoothly textured, with generous flavours guided by gentle tannins.

    Drinking recommendation: Best served in a quality crystal glass at 15 to 18 degrees. Decanting this wine for at least two hours will allow the release of fruit and floral aromas – accompany with roasts, barbecued meats, or a platter of aged hard cheeses, kalamata olives and Barossa mettwurst. For free freight on dozens in April, just enter "HALLIFREIGHT" at checkout.

    RRP $25 | Drink to 2027 | chateautanunda.com

  • 2017 Thompson Estate Four Chambers Margaret River Cabernet Shiraz

  • Red cherry and dark plums lift from the glass, while more delicate aromas of violets and white pepper add further layers of complexity. Delicate red berry fruits fill the palate, and elegant-but-firm tannins add structure and texture. 

    Drinking recommendation: This wine is best enjoyed during the colder months, ideally in front of the fire, shared with someone special. Pair with Margaret River lamb – the smoothness of the cabernet complements the lamb, while the shiraz brings a lovely savoury spice to warm the senses.

    RRP $25 | Drink to 2025 | thompsonestate.com

  • 2019 Singlefile Great Southern Malbec

  • This wine displays bright and lifted aromas of plum and dark berries, plus chocolate and spicy oak to support. Effortlessly mouth-filling, with juicy red fruit flavours balanced by acidity and fine-grained tannins that provide structure to a long finish.

    Drinking recommendation: This small-batch, cool-climate malbec is no shrinking violet. Plush and with vibrant juiciness, its medium-bodied style makes it a fabulous match with richer meats and a little smoky spice. Try it with a delicious paella or a Tunisian pepper stew served over haloumi.

    RRP $25 | Drink to 2035 | singlefilewines.com

  • 2019 Orange Mountain Riesling

  • The cool climate of orange is perfect for riesling. This dry style has crisp citrus and floral aromas on the nose, followed by a rich citrus palate with mineral complexity. Drink now or in the next 10 years.

    Drinking recommendation: Serve ice cold and in fine company – this wine is a perfect match to oysters or other fresh seafood on a balmy Australian evening. It's also a great pairing with Asian flavours, a garden salad or antipasto platter. Drinking well now or cellar for a few years – this wine will only improve with time.

    RRP $28 | Drink to 2025 | orangemountain.com.au

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  • 2016 Rosabrook Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

  • This gold medal-winning wine is unmistakably Margaret River, with luscious plum, mocha and spice flavours held taut by a classy oak framework. Elegant, fine tannins are well integrated and provide structure and length to the palate, resulting in intense flavours that will benefit from cellaring.

    Drinking recommendation: This cabernet sauvignon is a fantastic food wine, pairing perfectly with a classic beef roast or a decadent vegetarian pasta dish like spaghetti alla norma, a traditional Sicilian recipe featuring eggplant and ricotta salata. Why not spend the afternoon making fresh pasta and reward your hard work with a glass of Margaret River cabernet? Cellaring for five to 10 years will see this wine reach its full expression of terroir.

    RRP $25 | Drink to 2029 | rosabrook.com.au

  • 2019 Windance Estate Margaret River Shiraz

  • This shiraz is delicious, vibrant and bursting with flavour. Lifted notes of spice, cherry and chocolate fill the glass, and the palate has a plethora of fruits, with red berries, blackcurrant and mulberry leading the charge.

    Drinking recommendation: This extremely versatile shiraz is made to be enjoyed on all occasions –whether for a midweek wine after work or a casual barbecue. A delicious and crowd-pleasing style, perfect to pair with equally flavoursome dishes of creamy mushroom pasta or burnt-butter gnocchi.

    RRP $29 | Drink to 2029 | windanceestate.com.au

  • 2018 Teusner The G Barossa Grenache

  • This grenache is only just medium-bodied, which, when combined with the bright acidity and complex-but-fresh aromatics, makes it a refreshing and versatile red. 

    Drinking recommendation: Regardless of whether you are a diehard pinotphile or one-eyed for Barossa shiraz – The G is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Offering the perfect balance of weight and complexity, making it light and juicy enough to pair with spicy Asian dishes, but complex and rich enough to also sit with meats like duck and beef. Enjoy at cellar temperature with good friends. Enjoy 20% off when using code "Halliday" at checkout.

    RRP $30 | Drink to 2026 | teusner.com.au

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  • 2017 Clarnette & Ludvigsen Grampians Black Label Shiraz

  • A dark ruby hue with roasted nuts, blueberry, violets and black pepper on the nose, plus some stone fruit lift. Bright, crunchy dark fruits with a plush mouthfeel follow on the palate of this medium-bodied but rich, brooding wine. Fine tannins extend the finish, with a late broadening of flavours.    

    Drinking recommendation: This wine comes alive within drinking conditions of 18 degrees or more and varietal-specific glassware, allowing the bouquet to open and flavours to present themselves. This spicy cool-climate shiraz pairs perfectly with seared venison or crackers with Gorgonzola, creamy brie and fig paste.

    RRP $29.99 | Drink to 2027 | clarnette-ludvigsen.com.au

  • 2018 Hither & Yon McLaren Vale Shiraz

  • Dark purple with aromas of violets, blackberry and pepper. A palate of mulberry, blueberry, choc-mint biscuits, followed by coffee cream, baking spice and good dark fruit concentration. A soft, easy-flowing, full-bodied wine with traditional McLaren Vale flavour – but with a cool, fresh appeal. 

    Drinking recommendation: This modern-style McLaren Vale shiraz is well-suited for autumn comfort foods and times at home. Drink alongside good books, a movie on the couch or relaxed dinners of lamb chops marinated with rosemary, olive oil and black pepper. Serve your lamb with basil pesto and grilled capsicum and zucchini, and this wine in a syrah-style glass. For complimentary shipping, tick FREE FREIGHT at checkout.

    RRP $29 | Drink to 2025 | hitherandyon.com.au

  • 2015 Tim Adams The Fergus

  • This grenache (41 per cent), tempranillo (39 per cent) and malbec (20 per cent) blend has lifted red-berry aromas and flavours from the tempranillo, with the spiciness of grenache, and the mid-palate richness, berry and violet characters of malbec.

    Drinking recommendation: This is a perfect autumn wine, with a medium-bodied yet soft style that has immediate food compatibility or can be enjoyed as an aperitif on its own. Try chilling slightly on warmer days, and pairing with duck, turkey, lamb and spicy tomato-based dishes. Apply code FERGUS10 at the checkout to receive 10% discount and free freight in Australia.

    RRP $25 | Drink to 2030 | timadamswines.com.au

    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.

    Top image: Wine Australia / Hither & Yon