fine australian wines under $20

fine australian wines under $20

August 25, 2011  |  wine review


In early July, I published 30 great wines under $20. Some of those wines have now sold out so here’s a supplementary list (late August 2011) of 13 reds and 14 whites. Each and every wine represents excellent value for money.

James Halliday’s Wine Companion is normally a good source for value wines at this time of year, however, within days of the book launch, most of his recommendations in the “value list” had sold out or were on to the next vintage. This list provides a direct link to suggested wines at particular retailers – at the cheapest prices I could find. I make no apology for the fact that there is a strong showing from Dan Murphy’s (Woolworths, national), Vintage Cellars (Coles, national) and the privately owned Kemeny’s (Sydney) –  serious wine retailers with very competitive pricing; and Cloudwine (Melbourne), a brilliant boutique wine specialist stocking products that don’t show up in mainstream retail. Some other wines have suggested on line distributors. By the way, some of the listed products would not make the $20 cut-off point at recommended retail prices. Don’t you just love competition?


The best two sparklings are the ones on the original list – and still available. Try also

  • Dal Zotto “Pucino” King Valley Prosecco Non-Vintage $19.50 Cloudwine
  • Hardy’s Limited Cellar Release Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meuniere 2008 $17 exclusive to Vintage Cellars. One of Ed Carr’s gems.


  • Dandelion “Wonderland of the Eden Valley” Riesling 2010 $20 Cloudwine
  • Moppity “Lock and Key” Single Vineyard Hilltops Riesling 2010 $15 topwineries


Chardonnay is still the king of white varieties, with some magnificent entries below:

  • Armchair Critic “Under and Over” Tumbarumba Chardonnay $13 Cloudwine – fantastic Chardonnay region
  • Plunkett Fowles “Stone Dwellers” Chardonnay 2010 Strathbogie $19.90 Dan Murphy’s
  • Moppity Vineyards Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2008. $19 Cloudwine
  • Mike Press Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2010 $10 matesrates – almost sold out
  • Phillip Shaw “The Architect” Orange Chardonnay 2010 $19 crackawines – great wine from an emerging region

Other whites

  • Catherine Vale Hunter Valley Semillon 2009 $15  cellar door
  • Mount Pleasant “Elizabeth” Semillon 2005 $18 Kemeny’s – value!
  • Lenton Brae Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010 $20 Auscellardoor
  • Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 $20 Vintage Cellars
  • Chain of Ponds “Amelia’s Letter” Pinot Grigio 2010 $20 Cloudwine


A big line up of fine, value, Shiraz entries – we are blessed in Australia!

  • Maglieri McLaren Vale 09 Shiraz $17 Top Wineries
  • Rock Bare McLaren Vale Shiraz 09 $17 Grays on line
  • Tar and Roses Heathcote Shiraz 2009 $13.90 Dan Murphy’s  
  • Dandelion “Lionheart” Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009 $20 Vintage Cellars  -( note: showing $23.99 on line but seen at $20 in store).
  • Chapman Grove “Dreaming Dog” Margaret River Shiraz $16 Crackawines
  • Leasingham Bin 61 Clare Shiraz  $18 Dan Murphy’s – an old favourite


  • Wynns Black label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon2008 $19.99 Kemeny’s – smart price
  • Celestial Bay Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 $16 Cloudwine – mellow
  • McWilliams Mount Pleasant “Jack” Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon $16 Nick’s Wines

Other reds

  • Leasingham Bin 56 Clare Cabernet Malbec 2008 $16.90 Dan Murphy’s
  • Hidden Label NZ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008 $20 Kemeny’s (from the 8th state of Australia)
  • Kalleske’s “Clarry’s” Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2010 $19 Cloudwine
  • Schild Estate Barossa Valley Grenache Mouvedre Shiraz 2010 $15 ANZ wines

Enjoy! Now, what have I missed? Please post other gems known to you.

1 Comment

  1. thanks… good info there Ken. Still hard to beat some of the backvintage releases.

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