I’m going to cut to the chase with this final report of the annum summarizing Australia’s best wine values of 2011. There’s been a massive culling of extraneous wines from Australia’s value offerings in the last couple of years. In short, Australia has learned the hard way that it cannot compete at the commodity wine end on price alone. Loss of market share and shelf space, particularly in their largest export countries of the USA and the UK, has resulted in a lot of soul searching and rationalizing. The pared-down results are very good news for consumers. Most of the good value brands that have survived offer a level of character, complexity and regionality that in my view blow the competition from similarly priced wines from other countries clean out of the water. Australia’s value end of the spectrum is better than I have ever seen it. So if you thought you were bored with what Australia had to offer at the under US$25 / AU$25 price points, it’s time to revisit the Australia section of your local retailer shelves.
I’ve selected what I consider the top twenty good value producers in Australia for 2011. They represent both large and small volume wineries from throughout Australia producing a wide range of styles. All export to major markets around the world. Producing singular wines of great character and expression for under US$25 / AU$25 is no easy task, but these guys and gals have all managed to create wines that are nothing short of incredible in this capacity.
MadFish, Western Australia
"Owned by the Burch Family of Howard Park in Margaret River and produced at the Howard Park winery, MadFish is treated as an entirely separate entity crafted of fruit sourced from throughout Western Australia. This label has been split into 3 price tiers: Gold Turtle, Sideways and the MadFish entry level wines. It is the Sideways label wines that tend to most impress me in terms of value and sheer quality. Particularly worth trying is the 2010 Sideways Chardonnay from Margaret River offering an awful lot of bang for just US$20 bucks!"
"The 2010 Sideways Chardonnay has a toasty / mealy nose over warm apricots, pineapple and green mango plus a hint of ground almonds. Medium-bodied, silken textured and with lively acidity cutting through the mouthfilling tropical flavors; it has a good, long finish. This is very well-made Chardonnay at this price point and should drink well through 2015+. 90 Points" - Lisa Perrotti Brown MW , Wine Advocate #198 Dec 2011
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(Plus embedding of the videos of madfish within the blog post, see: http://www.madfishwines.com.au/news/article/27122011-93/madfish-top-20-best-value-wines-of-australia.aspx) also Ideal to have links to the wines within document so people can purchase straight from the article post.