A treasure trove of value wines
Wine scribes can tend to swerve off the path and focus too much on the great, the expensive and the rare. This week’s New & Noteworthy is a reminder that Treasury Wine Group serves up a lot of very inexpensive everyday drinking wines that are well-made and great value for money.Even at the lowest rung of its ladder, Wynns serves up the goods!
I recently attended a mini-exhibition Treasury mounted in Sydney, where the first half of the tasting was a couple of dozen of their bread-and-butter wines, most of which retail for under AUD $25 a bottle – often much less when the big discounters get their hooks into them.
Take the Wolf Blass Red Label range (AUD $14) and Yellow Label range (AUD $18), even the Lindemans Bin range (AUD $10) are pretty decent value, the 2017 Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc especially.
Back to Wolf Blass. The 2017 Yellow Label Chardonnay and 2016 Cabernet are both very good quaffers at the price. The 2016 Red Label Shiraz Cabernet is also very acceptable and a real bargain – especially when further discounted.
Perhaps the best value I found was the Metala 2016 Shiraz Cabernet, a regular favourite which I scored 90 points. Treasury’s price on the 2016 is AUD $23 – in other words, it over-delivers. I saw Kemenys advertising it at AUD $11.95, but then the big ‘Out Of Stock’ sign flashed up.
The 2016 Saltram Pepperjack Shiraz was another favourite, although watch out as the price has been inching up. Treasury was quoting AUD $30 on the day, but you can get it for AUD $22 if you shop around.
Presumably, the Saltram 1859 Shiraz 2017, quoted at AUD $21, is also discounted around the big box retailers. It’s emerging as an even sharper bargain than Pepperjack. I rated it lower at 88 points, but it’s still excellent value. A real mouthful of rich Barossa red.
In 2017 pinot noir, there were two very tasty little numbers that both rated 89 points with me. Squealing Pig (Central Otago, AUD $22) and St Huberts The Stag (Yarra Valley, AUD $24) are easy-drinking pinots with plenty of varietal charm.
And finally to Wynns Coonawarra Estate. Three wines, all 2016 vintage and all conservatively quoted at AUD $25, were delicious. The Siding Cabernet Sauvignon, the red-stripe cabernet shiraz merlot, and white label shiraz are all lovely drinks and great value, my preference going slightly towards the straight shiraz. Even at the lowest rung of its ladder, Wynns serves up the goods!