There's a lot of great value wine out there, and to take the pulse of the bargain wine market The Real Review (therealreview.com) has published a list of the best-value-for-money wines priced up to $25.
The list is the result of tasting thousands of wines and balancing scores out of 100 against retail prices.
Few sub-$25 wines gained gold-medal scores, but silver and bronze medals are plentiful. As we might predict, the varieties most strongly represented are shiraz, chardonnay, riesling, cabernet, sauvignon blanc and blends – but not too many pinot noirs or sweet wines.
Wines from Western Australia rated highly, especially those from Margaret River. These three WA wines all achieved silver or gold-medal ratings.
Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Chardonnay 2019, Margaret River, $24
Light straw-yellow hue; grapefruit and lemon aromas, very clean and fresh, fruit-driven and bright, the palate likewise, deliciously fruit-tingly and crisp, with a stylish mineral edge. Screw-cap; 13 per cent alcohol.
Ageing? Drink now to nine years.
Stockists include Vintage Cellars Bondi Junction and Le Pont Wine Store (NSW); Vintage Cellars Toorak and Cellarbrations Flinders Street (Vic)
Vinaceous Divine Light Riesling 2019, Mount Barker, $23
Fresh, bright lemon-butter aroma, the palate tangy and crisp with lime and lemon flavours. The wine is deliciously juicy and loaded with charisma. There's a lovely range of aromatics here. It's near-dry but not too dry, avoiding austerity. Screw-cap; 12.5 per cent alcohol.
Ageing? Drink now to 10 years.
Stockists include Sydney Liquor Emporium Alexandria, St Peters & Hurlstone Park (NSW); Nick's Wine Merchants, East Doncaster (Vic)
Blackstone Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Margaret River, $18
With its deep, bright purple-red colour and razor-sharp freshness, pristine blackberry-blackcurrant varietal fruit and subtly handled oak, this wine ticks all the boxes. The tannins are a mite sappy but still gentle, and overall it's a little callow – better as it ages, no doubt. A dual trophy winner at the recent Royal Adelaide Wine Show, it's phenomenal value. Screw-cap; 14 per cent alcohol.
Ageing? Drink now to 18 years.
Stockists Aldi stores that sell liquor