There’s nothing like a glass of wine to go with dinner, or to just enjoy on its own at the end of a long week. But when you’re standing in the bottle shop, faced with row after row of reds, whites and rosés, it can be hard to tell which ones will be a winner, and which might be best as “cooking wine”. Make deciding on your next drop easy, with our picks of some of Australia’s best wines.
Australia’s best wines
Michael Hall 2017 Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills, SA)
This refined, barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc combines notes of blackcurrant, asparagus, flint and citrus with a delicate viscosity. The perfect drop to pair with a cheese platter on a warm afternoon.
Duke’s Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling 2019 (Porongurup, WA)
With plenty of fruit intensity, this crisp, dry riesling boasts a citrus blossom bouquet and unsweetened lime juice flavours that sing on the palate. Cellar for up to 20 years, or just enjoy today.
Orange Mountain Wines Limited Release Viognier 2017 (Orange, NSW)
Featuring a rich aroma of musk, apricot and pear, this wine has an attractive spicy character that compliments the stone fruit and citrus flavours. A great choice to accompany fresh seafood and Asian cuisine.
Chatto Wines Isle Pinot Noir 2017 (Huon Valley, Tas)
Layered and intense, with flavours of black cherry, plum and exotic spices, this delicious drop has firm tannins and a rich texture. While it’s great now, it will also evolve beautifully of the next couple of years.
Savaterre Shiraz 2014 (Beechworth, Vic)
With a complex core of bright berry notes combining with exotic spices, this powerful yet refined vintage has a balanced palate and a long and enjoyable finish. Pair with red meat or just enjoy on its own for a moment of decadence.
Scion Durif 2015 (Rutherglen, Vic)
Fresh and modern, this multi-award-winning wine offers good fruit intensity supported by fine tannin. Deep and earthy, it’s beautifully structured and features characters of red plum, dark berries and dusty oak.
Delamere Vineyards Hurlo’s Rosé 2016 (Tamar Valley, Tas)
Made from 100 per cent pinot noir, this rosé is fresh and delicate yet complex and fruity. With lifted floral and apricot fruits flavours, and just a hint of herbs, it has a true complexity and length of flavour that has an ageing potential of 10 years.
Audrey Wilkinson Rosé 2018 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
Brilliant ruby red in colour, this easy-drinking wine has vibrant strawberries and red berries on the palate. It also has a zesty acidity, which leads towards a refreshingly dry finish that’s perfect for warmer days.
Noon Winery High Noon Rosé 2018 (McLaren Vale, SA)
Dry and full-bodied, this rosé is made from 100 per cent grenache grapes that are picked in the cool of the morning and crushed into an open vat. With spicy, fruity flavours, it’s the ideal choice to pair with Japanese, Thai or Mediterranean dishes.