- If you've ever gotten your hands on a copy of Halliday Wine Companion, you might have noticed that some wines receive a special 'Value Rosette' next to their rating that looks like this: ✪ – so what does it mean?
2019 Best’s LSV Shiraz
Deep purple with a bright garnet hue. Layered and enchanting blackberry, cured meats, five spices, rose petal and melon on the nose. A vibrant, plush palate of concentrated fruit that is medium-bodied, succulent and long.
2019 Ferngrove Black Label Malbec
The palate is deep and alluring with mulberry, dark plums with a hint of mocha oak spice and fennel. The wine is complemented by a long and fine tannin finish.
2019 Highland Heritage Estate Generations Shiraz
Lifted, spicy ripe fruit and light, earthy, plummy aromas are combined with soft vanillin oak characteristics. Medium-to-full-bodied, the length of the palate is filled with youthful plummy spicy flavours and wood characters, balanced with a crisp, clean and elegant finish.
2019 Logan Weemala Tempranillo
Earthy, sarsaparilla aromas with nutmeg and blackberry. The smooth palate has flavours of vibrant red cherry and a plum finish with bold tannins.
2018 Victory Point The Mallee Root Cabernet/Malbec
Luscious ripe berry fruit aromas of raspberry, mulberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, plum and dark cherry, with highlights of caramel and vanilla oak. The palate delivers ripe, juicy and succulent fruit with a hint of dark chocolate, harmoniously balanced with fine, savoury tannins and a mouth-watering finish.
2020 Oakover Chenin Blanc
Aromas of granny smith apples, nashi pear, guava, and hints of tropical fruits on the nose, with vibrant rockmelon, ripe pear, lychee and lingering sweet tropical fruits on the finish.
2019 Risky Business Shiraz Tempranillo Grenache
Crimson red with rich aromatics of sweet ripe plums and concentrated smoky steeped fruits. Generous and juicy on the palate with loads of spicy plum fruit flavours and smoky characters.
2019 Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon
An elegant cabernet sauvignon with intense aromas of mixed berries, woody herbs dark chocolate and violets. The palate is smooth and persistent, with blackcurrant and spicy oak flavours, before finishing with soft and subtle tannins.
Some years ago, James Halliday created an algorithm to help him calculate a wine's value by looking at both its price and rating, awarding a rosette to those who delivered standout value for money. In the 2022 Companion, the Halliday Tasting Team highlighted a number of wines that offered exceptional value for money – here, we've put together a selection with varietals appropriately fit for spring drinking and beyond.
Winemaker Justin Purser says: “The secret of the LSV Shiraz lies in the Grampians climate (and soils). It shows cool-grown finesse, length and freshness draped over warm-grown structure, the varietal flavour speaking with utmost clarity.”
RRP $35 | Drink to 2036 | bestswines.com
Winemaker Craig Grafton says: “Perfectly suited to our Great Southern cool climate, this soft, medium-bodied wine has wonderful intensity of flavour and colour. We believe in making malbec in a style that is dedicated to the region and delicious to drink.”
RRP $22 | Drink to 2029 | ferngrove.com.au
Winemaker Luke Steel says “The 2019 vintage in Orange was warm and dry, finishing short with cool weather before picking, and creating extra volumes of ripe quality fruit to select from. Spring rains were a great benefit, and overall the wine has a strong backbone of ripe fruit characters.”
RRP $20 | Drink to 2030 | highlandheritage.com.au
Winemaker Peter Logan says: “A classic slow burn – the deeper you delve, the more it gives. This wine offers complex brooding fruit with wonderful drying tannins that elevates, rather than dominates, the food it accompanies.”
RRP $20 | Drink to 2026 | loganwines.com.au
Owner Gary Berson says: “It would be rare to find a wine at this price produced from never irrigated, low yielding, estate grown fruit from 20 year old vines in a low intervention, five red star Halliday-rated vineyard and from the perfect 2018 vintage in Margaret River.”
RRP $28.50 | Drink to 2029 | victorypointwines.com
Winemaker Damian Hutton says: "This wine is a simple and fresh example of chenin blanc. Easy-drinking and approachable, it is a wine to drink young with seafood or spiced dishes. There is a touch of sweetness to finish on the palate for balance which makes it very versatile."
RRP $14 | Drink to 2021+ | oakovergrounds.com.au
Winemaker Andrew Vesey says: “This blend absolutely works and creates a beautifully savoury wine style equally suited to casual drinking and dining. It over delivers in value by immediately radiating white pepper, and red cherry. The palate is dry and well balanced, the savoury influences slowly unfold to an elegant finish.”
RRP $25 | Drink to 2029 | riskybusinesswines.com.au
Winemakers Paul Hotker and Matt Laube say: “This wine is consistently reliable across vintages and regularly bats above its average, having been scored 90 points or above for the last eight consecutive releases – and also having won five gold and 18 silver medals during this time. ”
RRP $22 | Drink to 2032 | bleasdale.com.au
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
Top image credit: Wine Australia