Showing posts with label Great Value. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Great Value. Show all posts

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2015 Hoddles Creek Chardonnay

Winemaker Franco D'Anna has been producing great value Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Yarra Valley for several years now, and the release of these wines has become greatly anticipated by many, including myself, seeking to get top quality wines at a great price.

Fruit for the Chardonnay under the Hoddle's Creek range comes from the home estate, where it  is all hand picked and fermented on site.

Great fresh and clean chardonnay aromatics of apricot, white peach, and grapefruit. A touch of struck match. Delicate with a bit of slatey minerality. Great line of acidity. Delicious stuff.

Price: $22
Varietal: Chardonnay
Would I Buy It?: Absolutely. Great value for money.
Website: www.hoddlescreekestate.com


Monday, May 11, 2015

2014 Unico Zelo Esoterico

2014 Unico Zelo EsotericoMade from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano and Muscat, sourced from various regions in South Australia. Another great value white wine that has seen some skin contact and has been left unfined and unfiltered. Excellent value. A very affordable way to check out how good a skin contact wine can be.

Wild nose with lots of floral notes alongside aromas of citrus and pineapple. A little hint of baked bread yeastiness. Wonderfully textural wine and the flavors stick around for a good amount of time leaving lots to ponder. A very interesting and quite unique wine.

Price:      $20
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano, Muscat
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

Monday, May 4, 2015

2014 Unico Zelo Muscat d’Alessandria

Sourced from 70 year old bush vines from Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region, this wine saw three days of skin contact and underwent barrel fermentation. A wonderfully textural wine, that developed while drinking.

I got wafts of peaches and apricots, with more soft fruit flavors delivered on the palate. Has managed to maintain a freshness, reminiscent of must shortly after pressing. Such an interesting texture and subtly creamy mouthfeel. Great value, particularly for this style of wine. 

Price:      $20
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Muscat d’Alessandria
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Yalumba Y Series Vermentio

Yalumba Y Series Vermentino 750mLMy favorite of the Yalumba Y series wines I've tried  and certainly one of the best Australian white wines in the under $15 price range. 

Very light in color, it pours almost transparent. Quite aromatic, with plenty of tropical fruit and citrus aromas.  An easy drinking wine, with clean, crisp acidity and plenty of lemon and lime flavors.   

A great bargain that seems to be readily available at plenty of bottle shops. I have a feeling I'll be drinking a few more bottles of this over the summer.  

Price:     $13
Source:  The Cellar, Bangalow
Varietal: Vermentino
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.yalumba.com 

Monday, November 17, 2014

2009 Tahbilk Marsanne

A varietal from the Rhone Valley in France, Marsanne was first planted at the Tabilk winery in Victoria in the 1860s. They now have some of the oldest plantings in the world and are one of the largest producers of this varietal. This wine is an absolute bargain, and is often released after several years of cellaring for very little more than the latest vintage.

The 2009 is starting to show some developed, honey suckle like characters on the nose, alongside citrus fruit and a hint of kerosene. Still has a very lively citrus palate with bright acidity. I suspect this wine still has many good years ahead of it, so I'll be holding on to a few bottles.

Remarkable wine at this price.

Price:     $16
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Marsanne
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.tahbilk.com.au

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2013 Tahbilk Marsanne

Tahbilk's Marsanne is a serious contender for the best value white wine in Australia. A consistently beautiful wine, with great precision, balance, and incredible aging potential. You will often find newer releases, such as this, at large retailers for well under $15.

Lots of citrus aromas, featuring lemon and grapefruit. A very lively, minerally palate brings more citrus along with some flavos of stone fruit and apple. Lots of bright acidity to the finish.

This is a great wine to stock up on for cellaring, if you have a large enough cellar. If not, don't worry to much as you can often find releases of earlier vintages for around $20. I like to grab a couple from each year for my wine fridge regardless.

Awesome value. A great summer go-to wine.

Price:     $11.50
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Marsanne
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.tahbilk.com.au

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2012 Vinomofo Old Money Cabernet Sauvignon

This is probably my pick of most recent batch of collaborations between wine retailers Vinomofo and wine makers around the country. This Cabernet was made by Sam Brand, a fourth generation winemaker in the Coonawarra region, from fruit sourced from his family vineyards.

A very approachable Cabernet in it's youth with a nose delivering plenty of dark berry fruit and a hint of mint, characteristic of the region. Super soft tannins and good fruit character make this easy drinking, smooth, and very ready to drink now.

Not one for the cellar, but a very good wine to share with friends over food.

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.vinomofo.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2012 SC Pannell Tinto

I came across the following quote from wine writer Nick Stock, regarding winemaker SC Pannell: "I wouldn't be surprised if in 40 years time that we’re talking about this guy as one of the greatest Australian winemakers ever to make wine in our age." So, the bar was set pretty high before I even tried this wine. I was still super impressed with this one, and look forward to trying the rest of his range.

Stephen Pannell was chief winemaker at Hardys, prior to founding his own McLaren Vale winery in 2004. Since then his goal has been to produce wines that express a sense of place. He's approached this by using natural yeasts for fermentation, and minimizing contact with oak.

The Tinto is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Touriga Nacional, a wine grape considered by many to be Portugal's finest.  A very inviting nose, with an interesting mix of sweet raspberry and cherry alongside some savory notes. The palate follows through with more berries and wonderful soft but textural tannins. Reminiscent of some of my favorite elements in good Rioja, with the plus of great aromatic intensity.  

I'll definitely buy this again. Drank great with a margherita pizza, and I imagine it would suit many other styles of food. Definitely over-delivers for this price.

Price:     $23
Source: Cru Bar, Brisbane
Varietal: Grenache (60%), Touriga Nacional (40%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.pannell.com.au

Monday, September 1, 2014

2005 Penfolds Reserve Bin Riesling

Penfolds recently held a promotion, in collaboration with Vinetec wine fridges, offering a fantastic deal on a  fridge when you purchased at least six wines from their bin series or luxury wines.  Being in need of a wine fridge this seemed like a perfect excuse to pick up some Penfolds wines.  Amongst the six pack of wines I got a couple of bottles of this riesling and am glad for it.

The nose has a nice toasty character with some lime and kerosene, characteristic of so many aged rieslings from this region.  The palate is holding up well with nice crisp acidity, sustained minerality and plenty of citrus.  Drank fantastically well with salt and pepper soft shell crab.  Will buy again, if I see it, as it's hard to beat at this price and I love aged riesling.

Price:     $25
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: https://www.penfolds.com/

Friday, May 30, 2014

Carachelo 2011

I've decided to taste varietals or regions I haven't tried before this weekend. Was a good weekend to do so as two of Brisbane's best wine merchants, Craft Red Hill and Wine Experience,  had some really interesting and unusual wines on for tasting.  One that really caught my interest was a 2011 Carchelo from Jumila, Spain.

Nice fruity nose with notes of blueberries, anise and maybe tobacco.  Great soft tannins and generally a very juicy wine.  Nice light oak treatment makes this a very drinkable wine and allows for great expression of the fruit. I'll be testing this out over the next few weeks, but I'm betting this is a real crowd pleaser.

Price: $20
Varietal: Blend
Rating: 90
Tasted: June 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

2012 Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir

Was really impressed to find a pinot noir of this quality under $20.  The best in this price bracket that I've had the pleasure of trying this year, followed by the Holm Oak 2012 Ilex Pinot Noir.

I get cherry in the nose with some nice spice, just good classic pinot.  Tasting of wonderful red berries  on the palette, particularly raspberry, and good acidity.  I suspect this will do well over time, as even an hour in the decanter really brought out a lot..

Price:     $19
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted: May 2014
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.hoddlescreekestate.com.au/

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2012 Rocland Estate Duck Duck Goose Shiraz ($15-20)

Seriously good value for money.

Great balanced oak character prevalent on the nose. Blackberries and chocolate are followed by nice soft tannins.

Sure to be a crowd pleaser. Could be dangerous to crack without company to help you out, as I can easily imagine finishing a bottle of this myself. I suspect this will be an easy pick for casual barbecues.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Great Value Aussie Whites (Under $15)

When I first arrived here in Brisbane I was excited to try many of the amazing wines I'd heard so much about. However, as I'd just packed and moved across the world, my budget was a bit tight.  Having been spoiled in Canada with excellent inexpensive wine from Chile and Argentina, I was initially disappointed in the quality of Australian white wine I was able to get sub $15. The inexpensive white wine market in Australia seems to be flooded with duds.  I had no idea where to begin.  However, now that I've had some time to poke around, I realize there are some great whites available in this very low price bracket.  I've decided to share three of my favourites here, in the hope that it might help others find some of the great value Aussie whites available.

2012 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon ($14-18)

This is a great wine from an excellent producer.  Mount Pleasant produces many fantastic semillons, at very
reasonable prices.

Smells like lemon and fresh straw, with a hint of asparagus.  Balanced palate with a good amount of citrus.

I cannot get enough of Mt. Pleasant Semillon right now.  While the 2012 Elizabeth is already a great, readily available, inexpensive option, their aged semillon is amazing and also very reasonably priced.  If you can still find the 2006 Cellar Aged Elizabeth, buy it.  Generally available for less than $25 and incredible value at this price.  Although, rumour has it the 2007 cellar release will be as good, if not better.  

2013 Jim Barry Watervale Riesling ($14-17)

Gourmet Traveller has named Tom Barry "Young Wine Maker of the Year", and I can see why.  Anyone who can produce a Riesling of this quality for this price deserves an award.

Great Riesling with lots of citrus.  Very fresh and dry, fantastic with east Asian curries, or nothing at all.

While discussing Riesling I feel it's only fair to mention that there are many more great Aussie Rieslings available for around $20. In fact, I plan on spending my summer exploring as many of them as possible.  I cannot say enough good things about aged Riesling and there are some superb deals to be snatched up at some of the major retailers right now.  

2013 Tahbilk Marsanne ($12-17)

Every time I get a bottle of of this Marsanne I'm amazed at its simple beauty and easy drinking. I've shared this with many friends who have been impressed with its great value.

The Marsanne grape originates in the Northern Rhone region of France and has found a well suited new home at the Tahbilk winery in the Nagambie Lakes region, north of Melbourne Victoria.

Wonderful stone fruit, citrus and peach on the nose.  Nice minerality and decent length.

The best part is that this ages really well, and you can buy vintage Tahbilk Marsannes at a pittance.  Some are available at major retailers (I've recently found the 2008 for $18), but I reckon the best bet is to check out their website below and join the club. I've seen packages containing multiple vintages available at great prices.