Top 5 Reds Under $40 for our Glorious Pseudo-Winter…

Winemaker Robert Gherardi of Mr Barval wines

Winemaker Robert Gherardi of Mr Barval wines

2016 Mr Barval Nebbia, Margaret River

“We can’t get enough of this.  Bright strawberry lift on the nose, refreshing acidity on the medium bodied palate, plenty of fine grained tannin and structure, and enough spice to make this a desperately interesting, delicious, moorish wine.  Redolent of violets, rose petals and suggestions of the old adage ‘tar & roses’.  96 points, $40”

Who is Mr Barval...?

Who is Mr Barval...?

Winemaker Alex Head, at Head Wines in the Barossa.

Winemaker Alex Head, at Head Wines in the Barossa.

2014 Head Red, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

“This is the ‘entry level wine’ from winemaker Alex Head’s collection, and great value at that.  Alex describes it as a “barrel cull” from the great single vineyard wines of Brunette, Blonde and Contrarian wines (YES – worth tracking down and treating yourself).  With parcels from the Marananga, Greenock, Stone Well and Light Pass subregions, this sees 12 months in mainly older oak, and a tiny injection of Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon from Greenock.  A super exciting winery to watch – it is recommended that you try all of his wines – but start here – a great litmus.  93 points, $25”

2015 Head Red Shiraz, Barossa Valley

2015 Head Red Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Flowstone Vineyard, Forest Grover, Maragret River

Flowstone Vineyard, Forest Grover, Maragret River

2015 Flowstone Shiraz Grenache, Margaret River

“The thirst for red blends, alternate varietals, and ‘old world styles made in a new-world manner’ is absolutely dominating wine trends on and off wine-lists this year.  The Flowstone Grenache Shiraz (winemaker Stuart Pym) has been good for a couple of years running, and exemplifies perfectly why shiraz and Grenache should be seen together.  Juicy and plump, yet structured and savoury, this is fresh and energetic and absolutely delicious.  92 points and $24”

Currently available at our On The Vine stores http://onthevine.com.au/

2015 Flowstone Shiraz Grenache, Margaret River

2015 Flowstone Shiraz Grenache, Margaret River

Mandoon Estate restaurant, Caversham WA

Mandoon Estate restaurant, Caversham WA

2014 Mandoon Estate Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River

“Ryan Sudano at Mandoon Estate is responsible for some of the best value, age worthy, exciting, classical and delicious red wines made in WA at the moment.  The Cabernet Merlot is an incredible starting point, and showcases his ability to create wines of suppleness, finesse, fresh fruit, balanced tannins and spicy oak.  The grapes are picked from the northern end of the great Research Station vineyard.  This is always a winner.  93 points and $26”

Currently available at our On The Vine stores http://onthevine.com.au/

2014 Mandoon Estate Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River

2014 Mandoon Estate Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River

View over an Ulithorne Vineyard, McLaren Vale

View over an Ulithorne Vineyard, McLaren Vale

2015 Ulithorne ‘Specialis’ Tempranillo Grenache Graciano, McLaren Vale

“Aromas of sarsaparilla, pomegranate, ripe raspberry, hints of liquorice, raw cocoa and cracked black pepper.  It is not too heavy in the mouth as the flavours might suggest – medium bodied – it just sings of life, vivacity and spice.  This is a perfect ‘gateway wine’ into the world of European reds, lovely acidity and tannin profile to balance out the fruit of the front of the palate.  Get around this.  94 points and $25”

Currently available at our On The Vine stores http://onthevine.com.au/

2015 Ulithorne 'Specialis', Temp, Grenache, Graciano, McLaren Vale

2015 Ulithorne 'Specialis', Temp, Grenache, Graciano, McLaren Vale