I know it's a big call but I don't believe there's been a better quaffing red in the country over the past five or six years than the Yalumba 'Y Series' Shiraz Viognier. It consistently comes up well in my tastings and, at a time when it seems to be getting harder to find excellent wines under $15, this is a superstar. With the 2010 Shiraz Viognier, winemaker Andy La Nauze, brings out some floral and lychee aromatics, ripe blackberry, dark plum and mocca flavours, silky smooth texture and neatly balanced oak and tannins. It's approachable and, therefore easy to drink, yet has concentration, power and depth of flavour. The 2010 Yalumba 'Y Series' Shiraz is also warmly recommended.
Rating: Bloody Good
Cost: $ 14.95
Winemaker: Andy La Nauze
Wide availability in all Australian states. www.yalumba.com
Reviewed: 8 February 2012