Red Wines for under $15...that are actually worth drinking!
As requested from some of my fellow drinkers, I have compiled a list of wines that are affordable and actually good to drink, where possible I have listed where you can get them (if not the big stores) and the price you should be paying for them!
O'Leary Walker is a great Clare Valley winery and their Riesling (like most from the region is spectacular). The "Blue Cutting Road" Cabernet Merlot is their $15 red blend and it is pretty good week night drink! I have found it at Dan's for about $13, at the winery it's $15 and I wouldn't pay more than that. I'll buy it every so often, but to tell the truth their more expensive wines (not that much more) are better value than this one.
The next two wines are from St Hallett's winery in the Barossa... both are under $15 and very in the Barossa style... big, rich and best had with food. The first is my favourite "Faith" and I have faith that you to will enjoy it!
The other St Hallett's I would happily drink is thier "Western Front" Shiraz it is $15 and really quite delicious!
Wynn's Coonawarra Shiraz is a wine that year after year it is exactly the same... just the way Foster's like to make their wines. There is nothing particularly exciting or different about it, but in a pinch it's worth the $15
I have spent a lot of my time at Tahbilk Winery in Nagambie... and I am a huge fan of a lot of their wines... but the two main picks are this Shiraz and their Marsanne (white wine) If you haven't already tried them... I suggest you go out and get them now!
If you are going to drink Shiraz it may as well be big and it may as well be Barossa... The Nosey Parker Shiraz is the quintessential Barossa Shiraz big and spicy and at $13 fits in this category perfectly.
Redbank winery is near St Arnaurd and I always find it the oddest place for a winery! But they produce snappy little cheap wines that are very worth drinking! All their reds are easy drinking and for under $10 great value! The sparkling they have is also really nice and not too sweet.
Rymill is my FAVOURITE Coonawarra winery, if you evr come across their sparkling in a shop you HAVE TO TELL ME! Their entry level label "The Yearling" in both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are great value and great value at $13, I have seen them in 2 for $20 specials occasionally, and well worth grabbing if you see it
I used to love d'Arenberg wines, then they changed wines makers and now their wines have too much sulfur and are very bretty (not a very nice wine yeast) but for $12 this is still a pretty good blend... just make sure you give it plenty of air (either decant it or just pour it back and forth into a jug) before drinking it
Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra is what it all about. rich flavours with long tannins and blah blah blah wine talk. just try Riddoch's Coonawarra Cab Sauv and thank me later!
I LOVE Chapel Hill Winery, It is probably my favourite in McLaren Vale (Apart from Samuel's Gorge - but they don't have anything under $15) Anything Chapel Hill is always the best quality and this Cab Sauv is no different... at $16 it's just a fantastic wine and HAS to be on your "to try list"!