Top 5 Wondrous Winter Wines Under $25

It’s cold outside, baby – there’s nothing like curling up with your lover and savouring a good wine by the fire on a freezing winter’s night.

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And, fellow wine lovers, if you’re looking for fabulous, flavoursome varieties this winter, which won’t cost you much more than a red lobster, help is at hand here thanks to Melbourne wine guru Michael Ellis from Wine Punter.

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Michael, 38, (pictured), who also writes about wine for, is a former teacher whose passion for wine has led him to host regular food and wine matching workshops.

Here, Michael does the hard work for you with this handy guide to his top 5 winter wines under $25. Enjoy!

  1. Hoddle Creek Estate Pinot Noir 2013, $20: Arguably Australia’s best value pinot noir, this is insane value. Pristine pinot from the Yarra Valley, this is why drinking wine in Australia right now is better than being a kid in a candy store. Pinot noir is such a fascinating wine; so much to explore in the bouquet and on the palate, this has cool afternoons and long lunches written all over it. Find it direct from the winery.
  2. Mike Press Shiraz 2014, $14: This wine is ridiculous value and such a great example of a cool climate shiraz. Mike has a gorgeous vineyard in the rolling Adelaide Hills and is making wines that punch well above their weight. The merlot and cabernet sauvignon are both outstanding, but it’s this shiraz which takes the cake and icing too. Buy the wine at independent retailers or direct.
  3. Unico Zelo Nero d’Avola 2014, $22: Adelaide winemaker Brendan Carter is making some super-slurpable vinos from Italian varieties and this is one of my favourites. With lashings of blackberry with a full, voluptuous, generous and exotic palate, this is the definition of seductive. Date night just got real. Buy the wine at independent retailers or direct.wines, winter wines, wine lovers, wine guide
  4. Old Money Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $15: This Coonawarra cabernet is made by Sam Brand who brings a wealth of family knowledge and experience to this wine. This is a Vinomofo collaboration whereby we contract great winemakers like Sam to make exactly the kind of wines we love to drink. Classic wine like this is perfect for a Sunday night roast. Buy it exclusively at
  5. Yalumba ‘Y Series’ Viognier 2014, $12: No, it’s not a red, but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up with a white that over-delivers on the taste, texture and satisfaction front. This full-bodied white has a generous texture and is loaded with tropical fruit. An awesome alternative to reds when it comes to white meats and lunches, this is well worth seeking out. Buy it at all good wine retailers.
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May 19, 2015

4 Australian Wine Regions You Must Visit

A quick weekend getaway might be just what the doctor ordered, but where exactly can you go? There are a number of wineries spread through the east and west coast of Australia which offer relaxation, impeccable wines and serenity. If you’re planning your next mini-getaway, take into consideration just a few of these amazing wineries to both relax and rejuvenate (and of course test wine).

Barossa Valley, South Australia

We can’t talk about wineries without mentioning the iconic Barossa Valley in South Australia, can we? Just over an hour drive from city-central Adelaide, this region is praised for it’s Shiraz and other popular red wines. Home to Jacob’s Creek, one of Australia’s most-loved wines since the first vineyard was planted by Johann Gramp in 1847. The friendly and experienced workers offer a taste from a large selection of wines, and how to easily pair them with food to create a delicious match.

Margaret River, Western Australia

The Margaret River is home to some of Australia’s best wines, and offers unique scenery and atmosphere for a one-of-a-kind experience to all visitors who pass through. With some vines only planted 45 years ago, this region is known for it’s popular red blends including cabernet sauvignon and equally delicious shiraz wines. The journey is just a 50 minute plane ride from Perth, or a short car ride if you’re feeling adventurous.

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Now we can’t leave out the endless vineyards of Pokolbin can, we? The Hunter Valley is comprised of many small wineries which offer a huge variety of red, white and rosé wines for your tasting. Bus tours are available for visitors, which pick up passengers from eastern Sydney and guide them through the various wineries in a day or overnight trip of your their choice. Don’t forget to check out Tintilla Estate, which is a family run winery offering sweet rosé and dessert wines.

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Located right on the coast, the Mornington Peninsula offers a coastal inspired experience which is unique and unlike any other in Australia. There are many local bars, restaurant’s and assorted cafés around the winery so there is always something to keep occupied. Do pass by the Monalto Cellar Door for a taste of their unique wines, and every Sunday catch an exclusive wine education at the cellar door. 

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 25, 2014