10 must-try wines from the Top Wineries of Australia 2024

Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg produces an eye-watering array of wines which can be amazing value. d’Arenberg Wines

Top Wineries of Australia 2024

Most top wines these days are expensive: Winery of the Year Yarra Yering for instance doesn’t produce much in the way of bargain bottles, but plenty of other top wineries do. Their icon wines might cost several hundred dollars a bottle, but further down the list you can find wonderful bargains. These are my personal picks for the top 10, with value for money front of mind.

Yarra Yering Chardonnay 2022

This is the finest, most alluring Australian chardonnay tasted this past year: an exercise in fruit purity, avoiding the funky sulphides so fashionable today, and it was a key factor in Yarra Yering making Winery of the Year. (AUD $130)

Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2020

A blend of Eden & Barossa Valley shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, this is more affordable than Henschke’s top reds but also shouts ‘Henschke!’ and ‘Eden Valley!’, giving a glimpse of the style and elegance of those icon wines. (AUD $66)

Tyrrell’s Single Vineyard Belford Semillon 2017

Tyrrells’ top semillon, Vat 1, is now north of AUD $100, but the single-vineyard semillons are still keen value, especially considering their maturity at release. (AUD $55)

Giaconda Nantua Les Deux Chardonnay 2022

Giaconda’s Estate Vineyard Chardonnay is at least AUD $125 on release but their second-string chardonnay is a relative bargain even at this price, as its depth of character and quality has soared in recent vintages. (AUD $80)

Rieslingfreak No 12 Flaxman Valley Riesling 2023

Rieslingfreak’s John and Belinda Hughes make only riesling and as we all know, riesling is the best value in Australian white wine. The Zenit and Schatzkammer are great wines but this is my pick for all-round value. (AUD $37)

Wolf Blass Grey Label Cabernet Shiraz 2021

The top Wolf Blass reds are expensive and require long cellaring, while this Langhorne Creek blend is great to drink now in Blass’s classic rich, soft-tannin style but will also developed superbly with age. (AUD $45)

Seppeltsfield Para Rare Tawny NV

No, AUD $80 isn’t cheap, but this is a full-size bottle (not 375ml like many fortifieds today) and the immense depth of aged fortified material in the Seppeltsfield cellars enables Fiona Donald and her team to put together wines like this of astonishing complexity that over-deliver. (AUD $80)

Wynns Coonawarra Estate V&A Lane Cabernet Shiraz 2021

Made from vineyards located along V&A Lane, which marks the putative halfway point between north and south Coonawarra. The style is marginally more elegant, earlier harvested and lower alcohol than the regular Wynns wines, and a fine complement to the black label reds. (AUD $60)

D’Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Chester Osborn produces an eye-watering array of wines, many of his top bottles at eye-watering prices, but his everyday wines can be amazing value. I had to triple check the price of this one after awarding it a gold-ribbon score. (AUD $22)

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Dry Riesling 2023

The Barry family produce a bewildering range of marvellous Clare rieslings, several of their labels (the regular Watervale riesling is another) regularly competing for the title of best value in the land. (AUD $28)

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