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Best sparkling wine brands of Australia

House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Tasmania 2001
It has been voted the best sparkling wine of 2017 by many a wine shows in different cities of Australia. The flavour of this wine is generous and mouth-filling. Tannins have been managed skilfully which gives this wine a long after-taste.
House of Arras Blanc de Blancs, Tasmania 2001
This is another great Sparkling wine from the House of Arras in Tasmania. This is a bright yellow wine with medium full style. Smelling of hazelnut cream, toasted bread and egg custard, the wine is must have for good aromas and flavour. House of Arras seem to be kings of producing sparkling wines in Australia in 2017.
Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay, King Valley 2006
The hue of the wine is light-medium which is a shade of straw-gold. Deep palate with richness of rose petal and quince jelly nuances makes this wine must-have. The balance of fruit and aged characters, the acidity and the liquor makes it a very balanced wine.
Deviation Road Loftia Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2011
This is a wine of light but bright hue, gives out the aroma of a lemon. The palate is delicate and refined and persists well. This is a relatively young wine of 2011 vintage.
Macedon Ridge Blanc de Blanc, Macedon Ranges 2010
This is again a young wine and bears characteristics of a barrel-aged wine. The wine has mouthy feel and good flavour. The balance of the wine is excellent and leaves a long aftertaste.
Besides, certain other wine brands have also done very well in the year 2017. These wines have also won many awards and are rated highly. These are:
House of Arras Brut Elite Cuvee 601 Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Tasmania NV
Deviation Road Beltana Blanc de Blancs, Adelaide Hills 2008,
Printhie Swift Cuvee Brut, Orange NV, $40
Stonier Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula 2009
Chandon Australia Vintage Brut Methode Traditionelle 2010

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Best White Wines under $30 to try in 2018

There’s something so fascinating about white wines that one just can’t have enough of them. Every white wine variety has an amazing list of distinctive flavours and aromas, and when grown in different terroirs, they develop unique characteristics too. Perfect for every season, be it warm sunny days of summer or rainy weather, falling leaves or cold winters, white wines are great companions for a variety of dishes.

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Here, we’ve collected some of the best white wines under $30 for 2018 that you can enjoy with your favourite meals or simply as aperitifs.

  1. Xanadu DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 Margaret River
  2. Ulupna Single Vineyard Domain Chardonnay 2015 Goulburn Valley
  3. Babich Winemakers’ Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
  4. Richmond Plains Chardonnay 2015 Nelson
  5. Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough
  6. Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris 2016 Marlborough
  7. Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough
  8. Snake + Herring High + Dry Riesling 2014 Great Southern
  9. Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough
  10. Courabyra Chardonnay 2012 Tumbarumba

All of these wines featured above have either won Trophy, or have been awarded Gold, with some being awarded more than 90 points. You can buy these Aussie and Kiwi wines online at Just Wines. Just Wines is one of the greatest online platforms to buy finest range of wines from Australia and New Zealand.

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Don’t forget to try these best white wines under $30 in 2018. Cheers!

Best White Wines under $20 to try in 2018

If you were looking around for best white wines under $20 to try in 2018, then this is where your search ends. Wine experts from Just Wines have compiled a list of some mouth-watering and crisp whites to be enjoyed within range of $10 to $20. Collected from a wide range of different white grape varieties, these whites come from esteemed wine regions where their fruit are best grown. From delicious Chardonnay to world-famous Aussie Rieslings, this collection features the best of 2018 Australian and New Zealand whites that you should not miss at all.

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  1. Bimbadgen Verdelho 2018 Hunter Valley ($228 / 12-pack, $19 / bottle)
  2. McPherson La Vue Pinot Gris 2018 Victoria ($174.60 / 12-pack, $14.55 / bottle)
  3. d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Riesling 2018 McLaren Vale ($144 / 12-pack, $12 / bottle)
  4. Blue Pyrenees Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Pyrenees ($111.30 / 12-pack, $18.55 / bottle)
  5. Berton Vineyards Metal Classic Chardonnay 2018 South Australia ($144 / 12-pack, $12 / bottle)
  6. Schild Estate Family Estate Unwooded Chardonnay 2018 Barossa Valley ($203.88 / 12-pack, $16.99 / bottle)
  7. Mister Fox Chardonnay 2018 Central Victoria ($155.88 / 12-pack, $12.99 / bottle)
  8. Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough – 6 Pack ($116.70 / 12-pack, $19.45 / bottle)
  9. Maxwell Little Demon Verdelho 2018 McLaren Vale ($216 / 12-pack, $18 / bottle)
  10. Berton Vineyards Metal The Vermentino 2018 South Eastern Australia ($144 / 12-pack, $12 / bottle)

Made to be enjoyed young and fresh in all seasons, these 2018 vintages will taste best with your favourite white meats and white sauce pasta dishes. You can also try them with cheeses suited to the respected varieties.

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So, what are you waiting for? Try any of these Best White Wines under $20  in 2018 and enhance your palate. Grace up your cellar now! Don’t forget to post a review on the wine you purchased. This might help someone to Do let us know which wine you liked the most.

Best White Wines You Should Have for Winter 2018

Winters have just approached the Australian shores. Is your cellar ready with some elegant and enjoyable white wines? Yes, white wines! For years and years, it has been said that red wines are great for winters. Agreed! But which wine will you have with your favourite seafood (that’s white), which is available in abundance in winters? So, you got our point, right? White meats taste best when paired with white wines. Just Wines brings you a listing of some best white wines for winter 2018 that have been highly reviewed in the current and past year. Varying from prices under $10 to over $50, these white wines hail from various wineries and wine brands of Australia, and make up as great pairs with winter foods.

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Under $10

  • Beach Hut Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Mudgee
  • Robert Oatley Chain of Fire Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 Western Australia
  • Angove Long Row Moscato 2017 South Australia
  • De Bortoli Sheep Shape Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Riverina
  • Angove Long Row Sauvignon Blanc 2017 South Australia

Under $20

  • Berton Vineyards Metal The Vermentino 2018 South Eastern Australia
  • Robert Oatley Fiore Moscato 2017 Mudgee
  • After Hours 9 to 5 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Margaret River
  • Take It To The Grave Pinot Grigio 2017 Tumbarumba
  • Mcguigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2017 New South Wales

Under $30

  • Te Mata Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Hawke’s Bay
  • Sticks Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Yarra Valley
  • Yallingup Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Western Australia
  • Paddy Borthwick Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Wairarapa
  • Nocton Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2017 Tasmania

Under $50

  • Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2017 Adelaide Hills
  • Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 Margaret River
  • Pierro LTC Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Margaret River
  • Tyrrells Winemakers Selection Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon 2017 Hunter Valley
  • Bay of Fires Pinot Gris 2017 Tasmania

Over $50

  • Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2017 Clare Valley
  • Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Yarra Valley
  • L.A.S. Vino Chardonnay 2017 Margaret River
  • Vasse Felix Icon Heytesbury Chardonnay 2016 Margaret River
  • Holm Oak The Wizard Chardonnay 2016 Tasmania

Try these best white wines for winter 2018 and let us know which wine you like(d) the most. You can also try the mixed white wine packs for a palate of different flavours. Don’t forget to subscribe to Trophy Club to fetch these or any of your favourite delicious and crispy whites with extra discount and free shipping.

2018 South Australian Wines: What best is expected?

A pearler year

The Wine Grape Council of South Australia is expecting 2018 to be a “pearler” year for wines as compared to the earlier vintage. The harvest has almost wrapped up. Winemakers reported a warm and dry weather and cooler nights. Such weather provided favourable ripening conditions for 2018 vintage.

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Though extreme frosts were reported at Limestone Coast in early November, careful management has helped overcome such tricky patches.

Low yield, high quality

Though the 2018 wine vintage has produced top quality grapes across many varieties, the yield has dropped slightly due to extreme weather events. At the same time, growers across all the regions of South Australia produced quality grapes in all varietals, be it red or white. It concludes that not just the best 2018 wines from South Australia will be rich in quality. The whole low-yielding vintage will in fact see a boost in flavours.

Varieties showing elegance

Barossa’s traditional Cabernet and Shiraz as well as the alternative varieties, from Tempranillo to Montepulciano are showing themselves brilliantly. The Coonawarra reds developed bright colours with fruit characters of mulberry and blackberry, and the ripe fruit showed complexity with chocolate characters.

Cellaring Potential

The 2018 red wines from South Australia would be great for cellaring; the 2018 South Australian white wines should show some good cellar potential too. The colours, tannins and flavours, all will be in the right spot.

In conclusion

Overall, 2018 is undoubtedly a vintage year that deserves space in every cellar. Since every wine tastes slightly different in every vintage, you can expect something really good coming out from the 2018 vintage of South Australian wines. A good vintage might guarantee good grapes, but there are always going to be exceptions. You never know what you may find in a wine until it reaches your taste buds. Explore the whole range of 2018 vintage wines at Just Wines and let your taste buds decide on the best wines for 2018.

Best Victorian Sparkling Wines of 2018

When the talk is about sparkling wines, Victorian bubblies stand on an unparalleled stage. Rich in flavours and high in crispiness, the Victorian sparkling wines have gained truly deserved international attention and accolades. Down below, we have listed some of the best sparkling wines of 2018 from the Victorian Wine Show 2017.

Victorian Sparkling Wines 2018

If you still miss a Victorian wine in your cellar, this is the right time to choose any sparkling wine from the list below, as all these wines have been awarded Gold or Silver, and truly deserve a special occasion to get celebrated.

White and Rose sparkling wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This mixed class displayed some standout examples of traditional sparkling varietals in the show. Two gold medals were awarded to the wines showing freshness, texture, purity and a degree of complexity.

  • Greenstone Methode Traditionelle 2012 (Gold, 96 points)
  • Seppelt Salinger Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2013 (Gold, 95 points)
  • Delatite Wines Demelza Cuvee Blanc 2011 (Silver, 93 points)
  • Taltarni Blanc de Blancs 2013 (Silver, 93 points)
  • Brown Brothers Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier NV (Silver, 91 points)
  • Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sparkling 2013 (Silver, 91 points)
  • Feathertop Blanc de Blanc 2012 (Silver, 91 points)

White and Rose sparkling wines from other varieties or blends

This was a solid class, showing the improvement in Prosecco style and quality. Gold medal wine was delicate, fine and persistent.

  • Redbank Long Paddock Pty Ltd Redbank Prosecco 2017 (Gold, 95 points)
  • Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard Innocent Bystander Prosecco NV (Silver, 92 points)

Sparkling red wines

Best wines from this category showed complexity, layers and balance.

  • Gapsted Wines Limited Release Sparkling Saperavi NV (Gold, 95 points)
  • Blue Pyrenees Estate Sparkling Shiraz NV (Gold, 95 points)
  • Foxeys Hangout Sparkling Shiraz 2016 (Silver, 93 points)

Your choice among any of these is going to be rewarding, no matter which one you choose. These Victorian wines and their winemakers deserve an applause and space in your heart and your wine cellar too. You can buy these and more best sparkling wines for 2018 from Just Wines. Explore the world of Aussie wines at a price that won’t hurt your budget at all.

Looking For The Best Sweet Wine? Your Search Ends Here!

Preferring sweet wine over dry (which is how a vast majority of wines are) is a matter of preference. But in a nutshell, it is the fermentation that determines the sweetness in a wine. During the process of fermentation, the yeast converts the sugar in grape juice to ethanol, or alcohol. If the fermentation is allowed to continue until the sugar in juice gets exhausted in its entirety, the result is a dry wine. In case it is stopped much before all the sugar was converted to alcohol, the resulting wine would be sweet. The best wines that are sweet show a great balance between acidity and sweetness. Hence, they are not only for those with a sweet tooth.

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One of the world’s favourite sweet wines is Moscato d’Asti from Italy. Crafted using Moscato Bianco grapes, it is slightly fizzy, low in alcohol and is classified as a dessert wine. As per the law, it can only contain no more than 5.5% alcohol by volume and hence, the fermentation is stopped once that amount of ethanol is produced, retaining a substantial amount of sugar in the wine. While it is a sweet wine, it is not syrupy, rather light and refreshing. The flavour profile shows characters of blossom, melons and nectarines. While as a dessert wine it can be consumed as the last course of a meal, it is delish with mango tarts, filled with vanilla-scented, silky pastry cream. For a simpler pairing, a small bowl of farm-fresh strawberries is a great idea. If you are a cheese lover (Who isn’t, though?), team it up with some lovely gorgonzola.

Moscato d’Asti is consumed whilst young, usually within just a few years from bottling. It should also be served slightly chilled. A bad Moscato d’Asti is very rare – and hence if you are looking for the best wine that is sweet, you now know which one you should opt for!