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