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30 great australian wines for under $20

30 great australian wines for under $20

March 18, 2012  |  wine review  |  No Comments


• This site is updated quarterly due to vintage changes and new releases
• As the wine lake evaporates, prices are rising and we may not get value like this at $20 or less for much longer.
• Suppliers please note that the author will evaluate products for this price point. Contact by email to

• Seppelt 2006 Original Sparkling Shiraz at Wine Star for $20. A classic style
• Croser sparkling brut NV at Kemenys for $20. Great value for quality fizz!

• Spinifex Rose 2011 from North Sydney Cellars at $20 – made from Grenache, Cinsault, Mataro and Carignan in a Rhone style.
• Walter Clappis the Hedonist McLaren Vale Sangiovese Rose 2011 direct from winery for $20

It’s increasingly hard to find good pinot at this price point. These two Yarra Valley wines deliver:
• Oakridge Over the Shoulder Pinot Noir 2010 direct from the winery for $20
• Ingram Road Pinot Noir 2010 from Cloudwine at an amazing $18

• Celestial Bay (Margaret River) Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 from Cloudwine for $16
• Reschke Vitulus Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 from Nicks for $20
• Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon from Orange, Vintage Cellars at $17.60 (case lots)
• Journey’s End Vineyards Coonawarra Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. An excellent wine from a great vintage. Nick’s for $20

• Tar and Roses Heathcote Shiraz 2009 at Dan Murphys for $16.15
• Tyrrell’s Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2008 at Vintage Cellars for $18.40
• Kurtz Family Boundary Row Barossa Valley Shiraz 2008 at Nicks for $20
• Hardys D641 Shiraz 2007 made for Kemenys at $20. Good value for an older wine.

• Coriole Sangiovese McLaren Vale 2010 from Vintage Cellars at $20. Best of breed.
• Running with Bulls Tempranillo from at $18.76

The four rieslings presented are masterpieces:
• Best’s Great Western Riesling 2011 at Cloudwine for $20
• O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2011. Nicks for $20
• Dandelion Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2011 Cloudwine $20
• Skillogalee Clare Valley Riesling 2011 from Crackawines for $20

• Hoddles Creek Chardonnay 2010 from Cloudwine for $19. Excellent!
• Barwang Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2011 from Kemenys – for a crazy $13.75
• Punt Road Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2010 from Dan Murphys for $20
• Stonier Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2010 from Vintage Cellars for $20

• Logan Sauvignon Blanc from Orange 2011 from for $20
• Philip Shaw no 19 Sauvignon Blanc from Orange 2011 from Dan Murphys for $20

• Tim Adams Clare Valley Pinot Gris 2011 from Cloudwine at $19
• Stella Bella Maragret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009 at Dan Murphys for $20
• Mount Pleasant Heritage Collection Elizabeth Semillon 2005 – an aged Semillon for $17 at Kemenys
• Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2010 from Dan Murphys for $17.10

• Buller’s Premium Fine Old Muscat from Cloudwine for $20. An unbelievable gem.

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the elefante in the room – a spanish tempranillo

June 27, 2011  |  wine review  |  No Comments

What a surprise it was to open the 2009 Elefante tempranillo – shiraz, from Tierra de Castilla. Castilla is the setting of Miguel de Cervantes novel, Don Quixote, and is the spiritual heart of Spain. Elefante is named in honour of a bull that achieved a unique feat – twice receiving a pardon for exceptional bravery.

Despite favourable exchange rates, it staggers me that such a fine wine can be on sale in Melbourne at – wait for it – $10 a bottle. The wine was purchased from Cloudwine – a specialist retailer with three stores in Melbourne. Cloudwine focuses on small producers and have some gems, which they will deliver anywhere in Australia. Contact details are or +613 96996700. Ask for Chris.

Elefante thrills! It is a bold wine and opens with lifted berry/cherry/stewed fruit and some burnt wood (oak chips?) It’s travelled thousands of kilometres, however the wine is in great condition with enticing brick red colour. Elefante delivers, in true tempranillo fashion, a savoury palate that makes it an excellent food wine. It’s full bodied and beautifully balanced and has length to delight to the finish, even though the charred oak hangs around. I’ve never seen this blend before. It works well with the savoury and structured tempranillo complemented by the ripe berry characters of the shiraz.

I have scanned domestic producers for wedding wines – many much more expensive – but have not found anything to match the quality and value of this little gem. Apparently it’s still available so do yourself a favour and get a case. The wine is 14% alcohol; 60% tempranillo and 40% shiraz. I have given it 90/100 – which surely must represent the best value wine on the planet.