Here at Waters Wine we have the happy coincidence of enjoying most wine styles, and we’re not afraid to spend as little as possible in the pursuit of pleasure! Makes perfect sense then to pick out our favourite white wines of the year so far, all at great value prices.
In choosing our top 10 white wines for 2019 under $25, we employed a complex system to ensure a satisfactory conclusion – we opened, we tasted, we drank. If we thought the wine was brilliant and represented incredible value, we made a note of it. Truly, it’s that simple. We loved the wine, and thought the price was too good to pass up. Enough waffle. Here’s our agreed upon list, starting with the least expensive. It was hard work, I can tell you!
This wine has all the lemony, mineral freshness of a Pinot Grigio, plus the pear, honey and spice of a Pinot Gris. All you could want and more! The 2018 Pinot Gris from Beyond Broke Road has to be one of the best value Pinot G’s in Australia. Period. The grapes were sourced from King Valley, a cool climate high altitude region in Victoria. The grapes were lightly pressed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. The wine spent some extended time on lees to gain extra complexity and texture.
The Thomas ‘Two of a Kind’ is a blend of 58% Hunter Valley Semillon and 42% Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has abundant tropical fruits and a lovely citrus backbone. Lovely texture and weight from the Savvy, while the Semillon keeps the wine crisp and fresh. The perfect session wine!
A wet spring and cool dry conditions throughout summer provided an exceptional year for Riesling. Generous blossom and stone fruit, citrus and melon on the nose. Bath salt, talc and delicate spice undertones. A nicely weighted wine with flavours of white stone fruit. Delicate and precise on the palate with generosity of fruit, persistent length of flavour and soft texture.
A stunning summer with cool evening temperatures provided concentrated flavours and beautiful structure. This is an intensely aromatic sav blanc with a blend of gooseberries, passionfruit and lime zest on the nose. A burst of concentrated gooseberry and passionfruit flavours on the palate leads to a long textural mouth feel with a clean limey dry finish. Mouth-wateringly good!
Named ‘The First’ as the first wine produced under the Naked Run Label, the 2018 is made from 100% Clare Valley free run juice. Pale yellow straw in colour with green tints. It displays delicate floral perfume and bath salt aromas. The palate is dominated by lemon and limes with a steely acid backbone. This will allow the wine to age elegantly for many years to come.
Sourced from a small selection of Tyrrells’ favourite Semillon blocks, the grapes were both hand and machine picked before gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine then spent a few months on yeast lees to gain extra complexity and mouth feel. Another great Hunter vintage. Light-bodied and citrusy with a fresh and clean finish – perfect with oysters and other fresh seafood.
A hint of copper in the colour. Gorgeous palate of pear, baked apple and spices. Lovely texture and weight. Good mouthfeel too. A true Pinot Gris. 100% Pinot Gris from Cooinda Vale in the Coal River Valley, given 24 hours of skin contact, extracting just a hint of colour and fermented in stainless steel. Matured on lees for two months and bottled unfined.
Spinifex Lola 2018 – $23
The 2018 Lola is a blend of old vine Semillon (58%), Vermentino (25%) and Clairette (17%). Bottled without filtration, after the components spent ten months on full lees. Thi is another wonderfully vibrant release of this incomparable blend. Expect a layered, waxy, wine with notes of mixed stone fruit, green fig, and subtle herbal brightness (think Chartreuse) that makes it very hard to stop drinking. As always, a phenomenal bargain!
The 2018 Meltwater Sauvignon Blanc is absolutely delicious. From a single vineyard in the southern foothills of the Wairau Valley. Hand picked and wild fermented and left on it’s lees for eight months. Beautiful aromatics of passionfruit, citrus and crushed herbs. Loads of energy on the palate. Textured, pulpy with abundant ripe lime, grapefruit and kiwifruit. Intense and refreshing. A benchmark for the style.
A fragrant bouquet of white flowers, nectarine and pear with underlying cashew and citrus notes. Medium palate with stone fruits and citrus, plus creamy biscuit from the lees influence. Elegant and refined. Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts, this wine was matured for eight months in oak. All of the barrels used were French with a mixture of barriques (225L) and larger format oak (300-500L).
*Prices quoted are in any 6.