By Franz Scheurer
The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ might be true most of the times and I suppose the exceptions confirm the rule. Here are some terrific wines that most definitely ‘over deliver’ way above their price point.
Made by Steve Clarkson with grapes from Eden Valley and Barossa, delivering a clean and crisp style, pale yellow with hints of green, an aroma of orange blossoms and floral notes and lots of lovely citrus lingering on the palate. Bottled under Stelvin this is a great wine to drink now or to cellar for five to eight years. Available from most bottle shops. Recommended retail: $13 a bottle.
Richmond Grove Wines
Para Road, Tanunda, SA 5352
Tel.: 08 8563 7300
Since its release in 1976 Jacob’s Creek has become Australia’s most popular wine and last year achieved annual domestic sales of more than one million cases for the first time. Using fruit from Barossa (Shiraz – 55%) and Coonawarra (Cabernet Sauvignon – 45%) this minimally stabilised, unfiltered wine displays rich colour with chocolate and spicy flavours, layered with blackcurrant and violets and a long, soft finish. If cellared correctly this wine will continue to improve for neigh on twenty years. Available from most good bottle shops. Recommend retail: $59.95 a bottle.
The Orlando-Wyndham Group
08 8208 2446
Located at Coghill’s Creek in the Ballarat Highlands the vineyard was established in 1983, the first plantings being Pinot Noir, followed by Chardonnay. The clay loam basalt overlying a subsoil of clay and fine iron-stone, combined with a cool climate, provide ideal conditions for producing high quality Pinot Noir. The grapes (MV6 and Moorillon clones) are open fermented, some parcels cold macerated, then basket pressed into French Oak, matured for 12 months then bottled with minimal filtration. The wine is fruit driven with lots of cherry and plum flavours, mouth-filling texture and fine tannins. Sold at cellar door for $25 a bottle.
Eastern Peake Vineyard
RMB 876 Clunes Road
Coghill’s Creek, Ballarat, VIC 3364
Tel.: 03 5343 4245
Saignée is the French term for drawing-off free run juice from red grapes after limited skin contact. The juice is then cold-fermented to produce a lighter style pink wine. Fairview Wines’ Saignée, made from their own Shiraz grapes, is refreshing, fruit-driven with hints of strawberry, fresh berries and white chocolate, finishing surprisingly dry. Drink now or over the next twelve months. This is terrific value at $16 a bottle, (less 10% per case) available at cellar door.
Greg and Elaine Searles
422 Elderslie Road
Branxton NSW 2335
Tel.: 02 4938 116
This incredibly dense and luscious sparkling red is made from grapes of dry grown, low yielding vines averaging 70 years of age with nearly half planted in 1893. Following ageing in old oak for five years, the base wine is re-fermented in the bottle. On disgorging, a liqueur of vintage Shiraz ports from 1976 and 1981 is added to balance the wine’s considerable tannin. This tannin makes the wine particularly good with food. Drink now or cellar for further complexity. Made by Ashton Hills’ wine maker Stephen George this is one of the best sparkling reds I have tasted regardless of price.
Available from cellar door / mail order at $35 a bottle. (Less 10% per case)
Tregarthen Road, Ashton SA 5137
Tel.: 08 8390 1243