Let’s continue our series on good value wines. We’ve looked at Rieslings and Merlots; here’s a few more to consider…

Shiraz blends

Blends of Shiraz are not rated as highly as pure Shiraz. The traditional French Rhone Valley blend is Shiraz (called “Syrah” there) with Grenache and Mourvedre – the latter known as Mataro in the South Australian wine industry. Such a wine will be known as SGM, or a Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre will be called “GSM”. The convention is that the largest component in the blend has its name listed first.

Try Vinrock McLaren Vale GSM ($18).


Grenache is just not trendy at all, however there are old vines tended lovingly especially in South Australia. Look for d’Arenberg Custodian ($18), Richard Hamilton Old Bush Vine ($18) and Maximus ($18).

Spanish wines

Spanish wines are readily available and often inexpensive. They generally are reds with soft richness that are a little drier than Australian examples. Telmo Rodriguez LZ Tempranillo ($27) has a rich, very soft taste with stewed cherry and earthy character and is a good example of Tempranillo.

Bodegas Latente Rioja Joven ($19.80) is a fresh, modern style with purple colour and cherry-plum flavour.