Master of Wine, Rob Geddes, reveals the best white, red and rosé – that’ll cost you less than $20 a bottle. Rob Geddes is a Master of Wine, and is a respected in Australian wine industry. He has given his choice of bargain wines that consumers will enjoy . Mr. Mick Rosé 2016, Peter Lehmann Sauvignon Blanc 2016 are the top picks and Angove Family Winemakers produce many affordable wines too.
Rob Geddes, from Sydney, has been immersed in every aspect of the wine industry for more than 30 years as an author, consultant, speaker, judge and educator. He is one of 20 Master of Wines in Australia today. But not many people can afford to buy some of the classics, so Mr Geddes was happy to point people in the right decision when it came to the best Australian wine bargains.
‘Sauvignon Blanc is the largest selling white wine in Australia and the top 10 bottled white wines in Australia are all from New Zealand,’ Mr Geddes told Daily Mail Australia.
‘But Australian Sauvignon Blanc has started to grow at a great rate too. A lot more people are now drinking domestic Sauvignon Blanc.’
With this in mind, he plumped for the Peter Lehmann Sauvignon Blanc 2016 as one of the homegrown Australian wine to select at $19.
In Australia, 30 per cent more rosé was sold last month than a year ago, and it is this wine that is becoming more popular in recent years.
‘Rosé pale dry has got a lot of people’s interest up, but one of my favourites is Mr. Mick Rosé 2016, which you should be able to buy for around $16,’ Mr Geddes said.
As for affordable red wines, Angrove was the one that appealed most to Mr Geddes.
Founded in 1886, Angove Family Winemakers is one of Australia’s most successful wine businesses – a fifth generation family company – in South Australia.
‘They make a lot of good wines and they make a lot of good wines under $20,’ he told Daily Mail Australia. ‘There’s a combination of factors why it’s so good. It’s family-owned. They have great attention to detail. For something under $20 you want something that’s got fresh flavours, ripeness and is easy to drink.
‘At that price you’re working across many different pallets and different types of preferences.’ For this reason he chose the Angove Organic Shiraz 2016, and Angove Organic Merlot 2016 at around $17 a bottle. ‘It’s very hard to make under $20 red wine in large quantities of red wine every year, but Angrove, and certainly South Australia, has a stranglehold on these kind of wine,’ he said.
Another red wine he rated was Hewitson Ned & Henry’s Shiraz. At $24 is slightly more expensive but worth it.
Mr Geddes has recently been awarded various titles including visiting professor at China’s A&F Northwest University, and Ambassador of Jumilla and the grape Monastrell.
Now in its 34th Edition, Australian Wine Vintages (also known as ‘The Gold Book’) is the essential guide to discovering the best local wines this year, no matter the price point or your level of wine knowledge.
Written by Mr Geddes, it provides detailed tasting notes of over 3500 wines from Australian and New Zealand in print, and over 13,500 in the App version.
To visit Mr Geddes’ website, click here.
Online Source: Daily Mail Australia.