Yes, we've made a very real commitment to locate affordable quality organic wines. Typically organics seem to inevitably be above $20. We've found 20+ under $20 examples and this weekend we've got three of them open for you to try along with a pretty special new Aussie Shiraz.
Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor Shiraz - $20.99 - 5 Stars and Multiple Golds
"Named after the cooling afternoon breeze off Lake Alexandrina in the Langhorne Creek district, where the fruit for this wine is sourced. 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in new and seasoned oak hogsheads. Full, impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour. This has a tightly bound, concentrated and intense nose of ripe black berried fruits with earthy plum and an amalgam of lifted herbs, black and white pepper, exotic florals and spicy, cedary oak. Full-bodied, rich, sweet and lusciously ripe flavours of black berry and plum fruits, liquorice and black pepper show with layers of herbs, florals and spices. The mouthfeel is vibrantly juicy and lively with fine, grainy tannin extraction and grip and discreet acidity lending energy and drive. The flavours and mouthfeel lead to a very long, sweet, black-fruited finish with liquorice and aromatic herbal notes. This is a rich, lusciously aromatic Shiraz and Viognier blend with vibrant fruit and fine structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 7-9+ years." Raymond Chan's 5 star review. RRP $24.99, just $20.99 here at Manly Liquor.
Stony Estate Organic Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir - $15.99 - 4.5 Stars
If you didn't know it already, Stony Estate is a wine label belonging to Manly Liquor. Each wine is personally chosen by Ivan, and in this case with an unimportant yet positive input from John. We agreed, given the price point we'd be able to deliver this wine for, it was spectacular. Central Otago Pinot is rarely under $20, so $15.99, or $15 when you buy 6 or more, is an amazing feat! Sam Kim at Wine Orbit writes "Beautifully matured and complex, the bouquet shows dark berry, smoked meat, nutmeg and earthy mushroom characters. The palate is sweetly fruited and generously textured, and offers layers of fine texture and polished tannins. A richly savoury style with plenty of seductive flavours. At its best: now to 2017. June 2016." Under its original Vineyard Reserve label, this wine was selling around $30. It's great buying, come in, taste and you're probably going to buy!
Brightside Organic Pinot Gris - $16.99 - New Release
This brand new 2016 vintage (one of the very first 2016's in the shop) is Kaimira Estate's entry level label Pinot Gris. Their estate label was well received at last week's tasting so we thought we'd give this fresh new vintage an outing this week. It's a luscious drop, fresh pear, stonefruit and spice flavours all packaged in an off dry style that drinks well on its own or as a partner with classic Gris matches - white meats and Asian cuisine are notable ones amongst the range.
Richmond Plains Organic Sauvignon Blanc - $19.99 - 4 Stars Michael Cooper, 4.5 Stars Wine Orbit
Zesty with lots of classic Sav flavours abounding.
"It's intensely aromatic on the nose showing ripe citrus, peach and feijoa aromas with a touch of lime zest. The palate is juicy, vibrant and full of attractive flavours, finishing long and refreshing. A real crowd-pleaser." 4 ½ Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
"This mouthfilling, lively wine has strong tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavors, and is fresh, finely balanced and lingering." $ Stars - Michael Cooper, Listener, Feb 2016
This is a fine Savvy, let it grace the table with your best seafood dishes or just serve it up pre-dinner as an aperitif to get things started.