Far out Friday: Top Aussie wines for under $20

by Mackenzie McCarty11 Jan 2013

The average mortgage broker in this country earns anywhere from $38,941 to $116,933 per annum, according to PayScale figures, which is a pretty wide spectrum - and ABS statistics show the average Aussie consumes 2.2 standard drinks per day.

Mortgage brokers are a classy bunch (we don't need statistics to show us that), so we can perhaps assume that those two standard drinks include wine. Good wine.

But, if you're on the lower end of the afore-mentioned income scale (or you just want good value for your money), it can be decidedly stressful selecting the best drop to go with tonight's BBQ sausages.

Never fear! We've tracked down Australian wine expert James Halliday's list of the country's best bottles for under $20. Here's what he recommends - and, if it's not already on the list, feel free to include your favourite wine (or beer, for that matter) in the comment box below:



Tyrrell's Old Winery Hunter Valley Chardonnay

Winery: Tyrrell’s Wines

Region: Hunter Valley

Vintage: 2012


Pinot Grigio

Yarran Pinot Grigio

Winery: Yarran Wines

Region: Riverina

Vintage: 2012



Wilson Vineyard Watervale Riesling 2012

Winery: Wilson Vineyard

Region: Clare Valley

Vintage: 2012


Sauvignon Blanc

Oxford Landing Estates Sauvignon Blanc

Winery: Oxford Landing Estate

Region: Riverland

Vintage: 2012



McGuigan Bin Series No. 9000 Hunter Valley Semillon

Winery: McGuigan Wines

Region: Hunter Valley

Vintage: 2012





Cabernet Merlot

Hay Shed Hill Pitchfork Margaret River Cabernet Merlot

Winery: Hay Shed Hill Wines

Region: Margaret River

Vintage: 2010


Cabernet Sauvignon

Houghton Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Houghton

Region: Swan Valley

Vintage: 2011



Mike Press Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Merlot

Winery: Mike Press Wines

Region: Adelaide Hills

Vintage: 2010


Pinot Noir

Romney Park Three Guineas Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

Winery: Romney Park Wines

Region: Adelaide Hills

Vintage: 2010



Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Rose

Winery: Turkey Flat

Region: Barossa Valley

Vintage: 2012



Brygon Reserve Nostalgia Wines Flying High Margaret River Shiraz

Winery: Brygon Reserve

Region: Margaret River

Vintage: 2009















  • by Nicklas 11/01/2013 10:18:28 AM

    Halliday just awarded three wines from Cooks Lot in the Top 50 Best Value wines - 2013 James Halliday Wine companion.
    For client settlement gifts I however like throwing in the Cooks Lot 2010 Late Harvest (95 points from Huon Hooke) with a blue cheese!

  • by Disney 12/01/2013 7:21:38 PM

    Short, sweet, to the point, FREE-exactly as ifnormation should be!