10 great-value Australian reds under £15
Australia by Anthony Rose, DWWA Regional co-Chair, Australia
The modern tran sformat ion of wine as an elitist product to an everyday drink began with Australia in the late 1980s. Even then no one could have foreseen that Oz would overtake France as the destination that drinkers looked to for consistently great value, full-flavoured wines.
Equally, few could have foreseen that Australia would have its problems; that Aussie wine as a source of value would dry up for a while thanks to drought, bushfires and daft notions of marketeers who gatecrashed the party and took a wrong turn towards cheap brands and cynical promotions. It’s not the cheap and cheerful stuff but wines in the £8–£15 range that offer the best value. Of course you’ll find Shiraz in this price range, but look out for Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, red blends and up-and-coming varieties such as Tempranillo, too. Even at this price level, we’re starting so see some interesting regional variations in style: elegant, cool-climate Shiraz from Victoria, opulent Shiraz and Shiraz-Grenache blends from the Barossa and McLaren Vale, and appetising Cabernet
Sauvignon from Western Australia. It gives me great pleasure to report that the party down under is now back in full swing.