Lovers of fine (and most importantly un-fine) wines listen up. Just because payday has happened and you already blew most of it online, it doesn’t mean that you need to settle for drinking something that resembles goon. There’s many a cheap and cheerful drop to be had—but how do we know this? We tried them, obviously. Ok, we also sat down with Andrew Graham from the Oz Wine Review who knows a thing or two about vino.
Here are our (his) top picks at the cheaper end of the scale.
So Marsanne is a type of grape—not a place in France—and the Tahbilk Marsanne is the original when it comes to cheap AF white wines that you actually want to drink. Think hints of honeysuckle, jasmine and some field flowers according to the wine man himself, James Halliday.
Willow Bridge Dragonfly Chardonnay
Kardonnay Chardonnay is not just something for the Day-Nights and Willow Bridge makes it affordable for all of us to get on the good stuff. This bottle from the west side is perfect for your next light curry and gets better with age so keep it and think of it as an investment in your future happiness.
St Hallett Gamekeeper's Shiraz Grenache Touriga
South Australia representing again with this drop from the Barossa. It’s one ripe, rich and luscious bargain (you’re welcome) with the secret here lying in the Grenache and Touriga grapes that when combined create a drop that will quickly become your go-to drop.
Jim Barry Watervale Riesling
Because Riesling is a thing and everyone knows that some of the best comes from the Clare Valley in South Australia (and if you didn’t, now you do). For those amongst you that feel like investing in a wine fridge, or a nice cool spot under your bed, you can keep this baby for a good decade, which means stock up now and then the next time you’re a bit short on cash you won’t be short of good wine—hoorah!
De Bortoli Bella Riva Sangiovese
Deemed the best value Sangiovese in the land and near perfect for your pepperoni pizza, these guys consistently bring their a-game when it comes to producing value for money reds, letting us all enjoy the real Sangio flavour without a hefty price tag.
Calabria Private Bin Montepulciano
With a name that’s fun to say, no really try saying it quickly three times, this Monte is hearty and rustic, just like a true Italian red should be as well as packing shedloads of flavour for so few dollars. Get on it.
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