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30 great australian wines under $20

30 great australian wines under $20

January 5, 2013  |  life, wine review  |  No Comments

I am so excited about the quality of wines in this summer edition. There were another 20 wines that could have been included. You can guarantee that these wines are exceptional – trophy winners, highly pointed wines and amazingly, all under $20. As our oenologists increasingly understand the complexity of the various terroir in this country, they continue to surprise us with gems like the seductive Rhone like Willunga 100 Shiraz Viognier.

There are more Rieslings than usual in this line up, reflecting the exceptional quality and value from the 2012 vintage (and Clare) and we are still long on the outstanding Shiraz and Cabernets from 2010. There are a couple of serious roses offered for summer consumption, one from Nebbiolo. Only four wines have carried over from the winter edition indicating how quickly good vintages run out, so be quick with these gems!

As with previous posts, links are provided directly to product descriptions and ordering capability at the cheapest known source.

Sparkling

Seppelt Salinger Select Cuvee NV at Kemenys for $17.99

Brown Bros Pinot Chardonnay Pinot Meuniere NV at Kemenys for $18.90

Seppelt the Original Sparkling Shiraz 2007 at Kemenys for $17.90

Back Vintage Chardonnay Cuvee Pinot Brut NV – Back Vintage at $12.99

Chardonnay

Castle Rock Great Southern 2012 Chardonnay from Winesnob for $18.95

Flametree Margaret River Chardonnay 2011 from Dan Murphys for $18.95

Hoddles Creek Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2011 from Cloudwine for $19

Stonier Mornington Peninsular Chardonnay 2011 from Dan Murphys at $19.90

Riesling

Taylors Estate Clare Valley Riesling 2012 from Crackawines at $16.95

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2012 at Dan Murphys for $19.95

Skillogalee Riesling Clare Valley 2011 from Cloudwine for $19.90

Tim Adams Clare Valley Riesling 2012 from Kemenys for $17.75

Other whites

Tim Adams Clare Valley Semillon 2010 from Cloudwine for $19

De Bortoli Deen de Bortoli Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon 375ml from Dan Murphys for $10.45 (sticky)

Alkoomi White Label Frankland River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from Crackawines at $18.50

Cooks Lot Orange Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Boutiquewines for $16

Rose

Rolling Pink 2011 (from Orange!) at Cumulus Wines cellar door for $17

Longview Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rose 2012 from Cellardoor for $18.45

Shiraz

Back Vintage Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010 from BackVintage for $19.99

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2010 from United Cellars for $19.99

O’Leary Walker Clare Valley Shiraz 2010 from Kemenys for $17.99

Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011 from Cloudwine for an amazing $18

Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Shiraz Viognier 2010 from Cloudwine for $19 (trophy winner)

Cabernet

Xanadu Next of Kin Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Wine Selectors  for $15.30

Kemeny’s Hidden Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Kemenys at $17.99

Yalumba the Cigar Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from Kemenys at $19.75

Other red

Longview Creek Pippin Macedon Region Pinot Noir 2010 from Cloudwine at $15.95

Tarrawarra Estate Pinot Noir 2010 from Dan Murphys at $19.95

Zeppelin Barossa Valley Grenache 2010 from Cloudwine at $18

Smallfry Joven Barossa Valley Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell, Carinena and Bastardo direct from Smallfry at $20