Three winning West Australian wines for less than $25

Western Australia rated highly, especially Margaret River, bargain wines.
Western Australia rated highly, especially Margaret River, bargain wines. Photo: iStock

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

Score 91

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

Score 95

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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

Score 93

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