Toorak Road shines among Australian value wines of 2018

Frank Bruno (left) and Robert Bruno of Toorak Wines. (Photo: Boozebud website)

For this year’s ‘best value’ list I have selected the highest rated wines up to AUD $15 a bottle.

I could have extended the price range to AUD $20, or AUD $25, but the number of wines would be way out of control.

You can easily search them yourself anyway, if you are a subscriber, by clicking The Real Review link here and selecting the price and style categories you are interested in.

I’ve started the list with the Blackstone Paddock Chardonnay simply because I think it’s the best value wine of the year.

However, a quick scan of the list reveals that a little-known Riverina brand, Toorak Road, has excelled this year. This is a new label minted by the Bruno family of Toorak Wines in Leeton. Robert Bruno, third generation winemaker and general manager, is a grandson of the founder, Frank Bruno senior, and has been in charge of winemaking since 1997.

He has sourced fruit from regions that suit specific varieties, such as Yarra Valley pinot noir, Tumbarumba sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir, Gundagai cabernet and Langhorne Creek shiraz, as well as durif and other varieties from the Riverina.

Robert holds a wine science degree from Charles Sturt University and his experience includes work in France as well as the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley, Mornington Peninsula and central Victoria. His wines across the board represent some of the best value going around.

You can visit the Toorak Wines website here.


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