For your wine finds this weekend, we’ve unlocked five top examples from the 10 best value wineries in this year’s Halliday Wine Companion guide. While value doesn’t necessarily mean cheap (as seen with Grosset’s gong), here, we’ve cherry-picked a spectrum of styles priced $25 or less.
2016 Landhaus Estate Barossa Valley Tempranillo Garnacha
What a bright, juicy and so-cheery wine aimed solely at gluggability. Tempranillo leads at 70 per cent, this sees no oak so the vibrancy of the fruit is key but so, too, is the tannin structure, all supple and fine. Heady aromas and refreshing acidity a given. A little beauty. – JF
RRP $15 | 2020 | Landhaus Estate
2015 Oakridge Over the Shoulder Yarra Valley Chardonnay
From Coldstream and three Upper Yarra sites (Woori Yallock, Gladysdale and Wandin). It's all about finely strung Yarra chardonnay, not about the winemaker or his thumbprints other than respect for the fruit. White peach, melon and citrussy acidity provide the flavour.
RRP $23 | 2021 | Oakridge Wines
2015 Teusner The Wark Family Shiraz
You get your money's worth with this wine. It has a distinctive cool feel to it, spice and pepper whispering in the background of the medium-bodied palate, superfine tannins drawing out the length of the finish and aftertaste. Elegant and moreish, red and black fruits playing tag with each other.
RRP $24 | 2030 | Teusner
2016 Singlefile Great Southern Riesling
From Porongurup and Frankland River, free-run juice cool-fermented in stainless steel, some lees stirring. Citrus and apple blossom aromas lead into a palate of intense citrus flavour underpinned by jumping jack minerally acidity, lime the farewell flavour.
RRP $25 | 2030 | Singlefile Wines
2015 Deep Woods Estate Margaret River Shiraz et al
Shiraz, plus malbec and grenache, part matured in large French barrels for 12-15 months. Full, bright crimson-purple hue; while it overflows with the aromas and flavours of succulent plums, blackberries and spicy red fruits, its soft, velvety tannin mouthfeel makes it a classic now or later drinking proposition.
RRP $20 | 2021 | Deep Woods Estate
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