Three wines that offer good spring value

Maybe an easy-drinking springtime wine, something direct, smooth and vibrant, can help us focus on the positives.
Maybe an easy-drinking springtime wine, something direct, smooth and vibrant, can help us focus on the positives.  Photo: iStock

Spring traditionally brings hope and optimism for the future in line with the changing seasons, but this year, under the shadow of a global pandemic, things are a bit different. Maybe an easy-drinking springtime wine, something direct, smooth and vibrant, can help us focus on the positives. And if it carries a very fair price tag, that's another reason to look on the bright side.

Giant Steps Rosé 2020, $23-$25                    

Score 89

Very pale, blushing pink wine from the Yarra Valley with a springtime perfume and mouth-watering personality. Red berry, cherry and floral scents carry from the nose through a gentle, dry palate of delicious freshness. Screw cap; 12.5 per cent alcohol.

Ageing? No need.

Stockists include Different Drop differentdrop.com (NSW); McCoppins stores mccoppins.com.au (Vic).

Oakdene Pinot Noir 2019, $22-$24                

Score 90

A good-value, bright young pinot from Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula. It smells of cherries, raspberries, wildflowers and herbs, and the palate is succulent and medium-bodied, with just enough acid/tannin structure for savoury balance. Screw cap; 13.6 per cent alcohol.

Ageing? Drink over four years.

Stockists include Bonds Corner Fine Wine, Northbridge (NSW); Black Rock Grocer, Black Rock (Vic).

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Angove Family Crest Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2018, $20-$22          

Score 90

Attractive deep colour introduces this traditional three-way McLaren Vale blend. Ripe raspberry, plum jelly and spice on the nose flow easily through a smooth, plump mouthful, perfectly balanced by fine tannins. A real bargain. Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol.

Ageing? Drink over five years.

Stockists include Carlton Cellars, Carlton (NSW); La Manna Supermarket, Essendon Fields (Vic).