Warburn Estate Rumours Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a budget Cabernet Sauvignon from Warburn Estate. It is very light on the nose and upon tasting it is full of berries on the front palate however it fades away qiuckly on the back palate. Not bad for a wine around the $7 price point with an alcohol content of 13%  equating to 7.7 standard drinks, enjoy with a bbq steak.

Hardys Nottage Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Hardy’s one of Australia’s largest wine producers with a wine from their budget range. Medium bodied dry Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant and cherry flavours with a little bitterness and a long smooth finish.
Alcohol content of 13.5% 8 standard drinks
This wine should be found in most bottle shops for around the $10-$11 price point.

Beelgara The Vines Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008

This red blend is a smooth and medium bodied easy drinking everyday wine. Characteristics of ripe berry flavours and a hint of pepper this is a well rounded blend as the merlot softens the finish. The alcohol content is 13% approximately 7.7 standard drinks.

Rosemount Show Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra 1997

  • November 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm in

The Coonawarra region in South Australia is renowned for it’s exceptional full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. This 1997 release does not disappoint with strong aromas of blackcurrant and earthy overtones and a deep ruby appearance. On tasting, the dry earthy and savoury flavours which beautifully dominate this wine as I expect from a Coonawarra red with a long lingering finish, perfect with steak. If you can still find a bottle of the 1997 vintage make sure you grab one, it should retail for around $35 with an alcohol content of 13.5% approximately 8 standard drinks

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat

Fortified wines make up a very small percentage of wines produced in the wine landscape of Australia. If you don’t  ever get the chance to visit the Rutherglen region in Northern Victoria ( which I highly recommend ) do yourself a favour and source out a bottle of liqueuer Muscat or Tokay at your local bottleshop. The abundant aromas of raisons and hints of honey overload your senses and the taste doesn’t disappoint. With rich full luscious raison flavours that linger on, this is a great wine to have at the end of a meal especially with cheeses, chocolate or your favorite dessert. The alcohol content is 17.5%  ( 5.2 standard drinks )  in a 375ml bottle.

Zilzie Selection 23 Shiraz 2008

  • November 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm in

This shiraz has inviting aromas of of ripe berries with flavours of cherry, black peppers and spice and rounding off with a hint of oak. It’s a full bodied Shiraz with flavours lingering nicely on the back palate, the alcohol content of 13.5%  ( 8 standard drinks ). Zilzie Selection 23 Shiraz 2008 retails in bottleshops at around $11 .

Catherine Vale Barbera

  • October 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm in

Barbera is not a mainstream grape variety, however this is definitely worth a try. If your tastes lean towards shiraz or cabernet sauvignon you may be surprised with what the barbera variety has to offer, it too is a medium dry red with earthy overtones and soft berry flavours. I ordered this online so I am not sure if it’s available in bottleshops, with 13.5% alcohol content 8 standard drinks.

Lark’s Bush Liquer

  • September 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm in

Mum and dad brought this back from Hobart, Tasmania, several years ago. We finally decided to open it tonight. Goodness!
It’s a floral, peppery drink that doesn’t promise anything but delivers a punch. Not really a spirit, not really a liquer, it is strong and has an almost flat ginger beer aftertaste. At first sip it strikes you as vaguely reminiscent of a whiskey, and at 32% (!) alcohol in a 200mL bottle, it is 5.1 standard drinks. It would be beautiful over icecream, and the website says it’s great over cream in coffee. I’d believe them! Definitely an unusual, but likeable, taste. The distillery is in Hobart, and they also do a single malt whiskey, a gin and a vodka.

Gossips 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

This bottle is a great drop. The alcohol content is 13.5%, which means a bottle is approximately 8 standard drinks. The wine is a medium bodied style cab sav, with fruity berry flavours to start with. These soon fade away, however, with the after taste. A good wine to have with steak.

Hardys R&R Merlot 2007

  • March 27, 2008 at 5:52 pm in

With 8 standard drinks in the bottle of 13.5% alcohol content, this drop from Hardys is a beautiful soft wine with plum flavours that linger on nicely. Excellent value for money at between $5 and $8, this wine goes great with steak or pasta dishes – so grab a bottle for your next spag bol night, or a BBQ at your friends’.


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