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30 great australian wines under $20

30 great australian wines under $20

July 29, 2012  |  wine review  |  No Comments

NOTE: This post has been superseded by the  SUMMER EDITION at for 2012/13. Wines in this post are now mostly out of stock.

The 2012 winter edition is a little behind schedule. Sorry. This post includes some wines from the amazing 2010 vintage, with Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale featuring heavily.

There is heavy sourcing from Dan Murphy’s, Nicks – retailers with diverse ranges and keen pricing. All wines are hyperlinked to the specific product on the retailer’s website.


White wine

  • Maritime Estate Pinot Gris 2010. Mornington Peninsula Nicks at $19.99
  • Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc/Semilllon Margaret River 2010 Vintage Cellars $19.99
  • Tim Adams Clare Valley Semillon 2010. Cloudwine at $19
  • Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2011. Dan Murphys at $15.90. A bargain.
  • Dandelion Vineyards Wishing Clock Sauvignon Blanc 2011. Vintage Cellars $19.99
  • Jim Barry Lodge Hill Clare Valley Lodge Hill Riesling 2011. Dan Murphys $18.90
  • Heggies Riesling Barossa Valley 2011. Dan Murphys at $16.90
  • Stonier Chardonnay Mornington Peninsula 2010. Nicks at $17.99
  • Hill Smith Estate Chardonnay Eden Valley 2010. Nicks at $17.99
  • Hoddle’s Creek Chardonnay. Yarra Valley 2011. Cloudwine $19
  • Pitchfork Chardonnay. Margaret River 2011. Cloudwine $15
  • Yering Station Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2008 Kemenys at $19.99

Red wines

  • Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2011 Vintage Cellars at $19.19
  • Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2010. Cloudwine at $20
  • Kemenys Hidden Label Merlot. Coonawarra. KHL 5215. 2010 Kemenys at $14.99. Value!
  • Cumulus Climbing Merlot. Orange 2010. Dan Murphys $16.15
  • Thorn Clarke Shotfire Quartage Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Merlot Barossa Valley 2010 Nicks at $16.99
  • Mr Riggs Outpost Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Nicks at $19.99
  • Journeys End Coonawarra Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Nicks at $19.99. Good value from an excellent vintage in Coonawarra
  • Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz Grenache Mouvedre Barossa Valley 2008 Nicks at $16.99
  • Taylors Reserve Parcel Shiraz. Clare Valley 2010 Dan Murphys at $19.90
  • Robert Oatley Signature Series Shiraz McLaren Vale 2010 Dan Murphys at $16.90
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz. Barossa Valley 2010. Dan Murphys at $17.90. Brilliant.
  • Shottesbrooke Shiraz 2010. McLaren Vale Dan Murphys at $17.90
  • O’Leary Walker Shiraz 2010. Clare Valley Nicks at $17.99
  • Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2010 Barossa Valley Nicks at $19.99. Wow!!


an amazing larry cherubino wine under hidden label

October 17, 2010  |  wine review  |  No Comments

The acclaimed winemaker, Larry Cherubino, has been making fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River and Frankland River in recent years. Since he escaped the big corporates (where he was winemaker for Houghton’s and Hardy’s Tintara), Larry has offered the market premium wines under three brands – Ad Hoc, The Yard and Cherubino. The Cherubino Cabernet from Margaret River retails from cellar door for $75 and The Yard Cabernet from Frankland River sells for $35,

Imagine my surprise to crack the code at Kemeny’s on a hidden label wine that turns out to be The Yard Cabernet (although they describe it as “Margaret River”)……and even better that the price point is $16 per bottle in a dozen lot. This wine is the Kemeny’s Hidden Label Margaret River Cabernet 2009. I am increasingly impressed with Margaret and Frankland River Cabernet. Despite being a Cabernet grower at Coonawarra, I would have to say that Coonawarra is in danger of losing it’s status as Australia’s premium Cabernet region.

Here are my tasting notes for this wine:

It is bright clear in condition – dark crimson with purple tinges. On the nose, the wine screams green capsicum and herbaceous fruit with overtones of blackcurrants. It is lean and attractive on the front palate showing some complex berry fruits, cedar and cassis. This wine develops in the glass and has a wonderful acid, tannin balance, with finesse and a lingering back palate. It is an outstanding and accessible wine which will cellar beautifully if you can keep your hands off it. I scored it 93/100. It has 14% alcohol by volume. Get some before it runs out!!