Value is a moving target and can come at any price. An expensive price tag does not guarantee quality, and a cheap wine is not always good value. There are many shortcuts that can be taken in grape growing and winemaking, and manipulation is not uncommon at the lower price bands. The following wines of great value express something special beyond your typical affordable bottle. They’re farmed responsibly, they’re well-made, they’re made with intent, and they have a story to tell.
First up is the 2015 Tolloy Pinot Grigio. It’s a gorgeous, correct wine from the cool Sudtirol-Alto Adige regions of north Italy, near the Swiss border. Retailing for only $18.99 - this should be your dry and snappy house white.
The 2013 Coldstream Hills Chardonnay is a great example of a wine under $30 that offers tremendous value (it’s priced at $28.99).This bottle is exactly what you expect in a good quality Chardonnay - a perfect embrace of French oak, a little butter, and tons of peachy fruit balanced with limey acidity. It will pair well with crab or roast chicken.
The Latour Bourgogne Gamay, priced at $22.99 comes from Burgundy, France. The fruit in this bottle comes from top-rated vineyards. However, this isn’t identified on the bottle, so that’s where an expert recommendation comes in handy. Notes of cherry, and lovely fresh acidity, this is a light-bodied red with big flavour that is supremely well-made by a great negociant house.
Hailing from Spain, the 2013 Pasico Monastrell Shiraz is priced at only $13.99. It’s a fabulous value wine made from mature vines in a traditional Spanish region. Like the Bourgogne, this bottle label doesn’t include information that clearly signals how delicious, ripe, and impressive it is, so a little leg work will help.
The 2013 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, priced at $25.99, is universally acknowledged as one of the best buys in the world. It’s an absolute showstopper at this low price.
The 2012 Emiliana Coyam is another bottle that is known for being one of the best value wines in the world, and the 95 point sticker on the label helps convince consumers. A blend of Syrah and five other grapes, this biodynamic wine is farmed with intense rigor and purity. At only $28.99, this blend drinks like a Ferrari, but it costs like a Ford.
All of these wines are available at the New District Wine Shop.