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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.


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


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


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


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

Longview Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rose 2012 from Cellardoor for $18.45


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)


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

best 20 wines under $20 - christmas 2011

best 20 wines under $20 – christmas 2011

November 27, 2011  |  main blog, wine review  |  4 Comments


Here they are – the best value wines in Australia (with a stray NZ pinot). All wines are available at the time of writing, with hyperlinks link to the cheapest source I could find. 


  • Brown Brothers NV Pinot Noir Chardonnay and Pinot Meuniere. From the King Valley, without doubt the best Australian sparkling under $20. Nicks $19.99
  • Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz 2006. A classic – spicy black fruit with length and balance. Perfect for Christmas dinner turkey. Boccacio Cellars at an amazing $18.99


  • Pewsey Vale Riesling 2011 – Clean, citrus zest, lime and mineral texture. Amazing value at $13.99 from Kemenys
  • Heggies Riesling 2011. A tightly structured Barossan gem.  Dan Murphys $17.99.
  • Tar and Roses Pinot Grigio 2011. One of the best of this style from Don Lewis, showing crisp pear and nougat. Well priced from Dan Murphys at $16.15
  • Montgomerys Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2010. Fresh asparagus and tropical fruit salad – a wine from Albany direct from the winery at $18.00
  • Stella Bella Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010. From Margaret River, a classic blend and easy Christmas drinking. Grays on line at $19.99
  • De Iuliis Semillon 2011. A lively, fresh Semillon from the Hunter from Cloudwine at $17
  • Bellarmine Estate Chardonnay 2010. A winner from Pemberton. Stone fruit and length, Fantastic buying at Boccacio cellars at $18.99
  • Ingram Road 2010 Chardonnay. Another impressive chardonnay from the Yarra Valley. Available from Cloudwine at $16
  • Barwang Chardonnay 2011 – outstanding Tumbarumba sourced Chardonnay. $13.75 at Kemenys – not on line but in the latest catalogue


  • Dandelion Fairytale of the Barossa Rose 2011. A serious wine better than the competition. Halliday 95 points. Cloudwine $20


  • Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2010. Brilliant value quality pinot from the Yarra Valley from a great vintage. This is a must buy. $16.99 at Kemenys
  • Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2010. An excellent Martinborough pinot at an unbelievable price from Cloudwine for $18
  • Tar and Roses Alpine Valleys Heathcote Tempranillo 2010. The best yet – rich mulberries and hints of blackcurrant with impressive length, balance and structure. Dan Murphys $18.99
  • Hidden label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Malbec 2006 KHL 1307. Sells for $33 under its own label. Impressive wine at Kemenys at $17
  • Tatachilla Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. From Mclaren Vale, an outstanding wine. Be quick! From Winelistaustralia on line for $19.99
  • Majella ‘the Musician” Cabernet Shiraz 2010. A 55/45 blend from the Coonawarra winery. Beautiful wine from Topwineries on line at $17.99
  • Plantagenet Omrah 2009 Shiraz. From Mount Barker with ripe fragrant red currant fruit and velvety texture. Go direct to cellar door at Plantagenet Wines $18.00
  • Philip Shaw Idiot Shiraz 2010. From the emerging Orange district. A great wine from a globally recognised maker. Topwineries on line at $19.99

a truly sparkling shiraz experience

March 14, 2011  |  wine review  |  No Comments

A generation ago, sparkling red was considered a frivolous beverage to all but a handful of afficionados. On the one hand there were those who played with (and were often deflowered by) frivolous wines like Cold Duck, and on the other, some lucky souls sipped serious wines like the legendary Seppelts Sparkling Burgundys from 1963, 64, 72 and 82.

We’re not allowed to use that descriptor any more – which is a good thing as many red varieties are now nurtured under methode champenoise. You can buy Sparkling Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Durif, Pinot and I’m sure soon a Tempranillo or Nebbiolo!

Having been committed to stock one wall of the cellar with sparkling red for many years to achieve marital harmony, there is long family experience in this style. It is therefore with great delight that I can share a secret about a fine example of Sparkling Shiraz with my subscribers.

The wine is a Dorrien Estate Lockwood Smith non-vintage Cuvee Shiraz. Dorrien Estate, described by its marketers as the best kept secret in Australia, makes small volumes that are exclusively distributed by Cellarmasters (which is about to be bought by Woolworths). It might be hard to find, but at $17 it is worth pursuing to the end of the earth.

This wine has rich, ripe, dark brooding fruit in beautiful balance, it is a fine Shiraz in its own right with yet another level of excitement and palate stimulation provided by the fine bead that caresses the taste buds to the very end. Full of full flavoured cherries and plums with a lifted nose, this wine is an exceptional drinking experience. Under crown seal, at 14% alcohol and at $17, I have given this wine 95/100. Find some!!