best buy wines

$25 & under

2020 Blind Corner Blanc, Margaret River, A$19
Blind Corner is a tearaway biodynamic producer gaining notoriety for its high-quality and broad range of wines. This is one of its most traditional stylings, a classic dry white made from sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc. It’s heady with straw, citrus, young pineapple and tonic water scents, a touch greener to taste but with a flash of sweet-limey acidity for balance. Its main function is to be ultra-refreshing and easy to drink, and it does that with aplomb. Find a bucket of prawns, chill this to Antarctic temperature, tuck in with gusto.  MB

2020 Trentham Estate The Family Sangiovese Rosé, Murray Darling, A$18
The Murphy family continues to astound with their range of dangerously drinkable wines at bargain prices. This wine is a case in point, taking the trophy for the Top Murray Darling Region Wine at the 2020 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. It’s a subtle salmon pink colour, with oodles of fresh strawberry and redcurrant aromas, and a whiff of spice. The palate is clean and bright, refreshed by a citrus-etched acidity. Enjoy with a classic prawn cocktail complete with Marie Rose sauce.  PB

2019 Seifried Estate Chardonnay, Nelson, NZ$19
The 2019 vintage was described as “the stuff of dreams”. It hit the jackpot in terms of both quantity and quality. This light, fresh chardonnay is a prime example of a wine that, in 2019 at least, punches well above its weight. It has subtle grapefruit/citrus, baguette crust, and spicy oak aromas. Delicate and ethereal, the wine has a smooth texture. Good purity and a pleasantly dry finish.  BC

2020 Cumulus Vineyards Luna Rosa Rosado, Orange, A$13
The grape varieties in this affordable Cumulus wine are not disclosed but I suspect most rosé drinkers won’t mind at all. It’s highly quaffable thanks to its fine balance and refreshing finish. The colour is very pale and fresh pink, the bouquet reserved and subtle, with dried wildflower aromas that are inviting and entertaining, the palate likewise subtle, restrained, and balanced, with just a touch of sweetness. Serve chilled and drink now.  HH

2020 Seppeltsfield Watervale Riesling, Clare Valley, A$25
Classically shapely and generous, with a zesty bouquet of pear, lemon and lime juice lifted by scents of lavender and white flowers. It’s long and mouth-filling, with a fine, chalky spine beneath a pristine core of lime, lemon juice and apple skin-like flavour, extending long and dry towards a refreshingly brittle finish of racy acidity.  JO

2020 Mr Riggs Mrs Pinot Gris, Adelaide Hills, A$22
High-quality fruit shines in this well-priced drop that will charm pinot gris lovers. Most of the hand-picked fruit is fermented in stainless steel, though a portion is sent to oak for added texture and complexity. Expressive with a burst of white nectarine and lemon flavour. The mid-palate is rounded and appropriately weighty, and there are attractive spice accents. The long core of acidity gives freshness and persistence. A highly satisfying drink that outclasses many others at this pricepoint.  TP