Top Three

Value Buys

From Dan Murphy’s this Christmas


If you’re looking to pick up some wine ahead of Christmas and shop online at dan murphy’s, Read this

I’ve done the research and found three of the most outstanding value wines for you at Dan Murphy’s this Christmas.

When choosing these wines I look for the following key factors:

  1. Is it a substantial discount being offered?

  2. Does the grape variety match with the growing region? (in other words, is this region renowned as being one of the best producers of this variety?) This is critical. You can read more here.

  3. Is the vintage (or the year it was grown) rated highly for the region and the type of wine? (i.e. how good was the weather in the months leading up to harvest)

  4. Does the winery have a great reputation?

  5. Has the wine itself been rated highly by independent reviewers?

If it ticks all these boxes, it is included on this list. Only three wines made the cut, so you know they are the most outstanding value and quality.

  1. Jim Barry Watervale Riesling, Clare Valley, 2018

Strong Discount

Great Region

  • Clare Valley is one of the two most renowned regions in Australia for Riesling (the other being Eden Valley).

  • James Halliday refers to Clare and Eden Valleys as two of the world’s most referenced riesling regions.

solid vintage

2018 was difficult for some wineries and some varieties in the Clare Valley but it has yielded solid Riesling and has been rated well overall. There is limited consensus on the overall vintage rating because it is so recent at time of writing this article.

Great winery

  • Jim Barry is rated as a 5 Red Star Winery by the Wine Companion. This means it is an “outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years.”

  • Jim Barry has been awarded the Real Review Certificate of Excellence by Huon Hooke.

Great independent reviews and ratings

  • Gary Walsh of the Wine Front gave it 92 points and said "Old Faithful. Trusty stalwart at Chinese restaurants, big bottle shops, and all manner of places. Slight estery banana perfume, lime and lime leaf. Bursting with flavour, balanced acidity, slightly rugged in texture and acidity, but in a sort of robust and friendly way – an over-firm handshake – vanilla and floral trails on a rock solid finish. Good one."

  • It won the Best Riesling Trophy at the 2018 Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show

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Wynns Cabernet Shiraz Merlot, Coonawarra, 2016

Wynns Coonawarra vineyard

Wynns Coonawarra vineyard

Strong Discount

Great Region

  • Coonawarra is renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon (which makes up just over half of this blend). But it also produces outstanding Shiraz as discussed by Huon Hooke.

  • James Halliday said “the bout for the title of Australia's premier cabernet region is a tussle that has long been contested by Coonawarra and Margaret River.”

outstanding vintage

great winery

  • Wynns has a great reputation over many decades as one of the best wineries in Australia.

  • It has been awarded the Real Review Certificate of Excellence by Huon Hooke.

  • It is rated as a 5 Red Star (Underlined) Winery by the Wine Companion. This means it is “a winery generally acknowledged to have had a long track record of excellence in the context of its region — truly the best of the best.”

wynns cab shiraz merlot.jpg

Great independent reviews and ratings

  • The Halliday Wine Companion gave it 93 points, saying: "Often my go-to wine when lost in a bottle shop, this boasts a degree of extraction that smacks of expertise, ably imbuing this medium-bodied wine with a savoury tension, while acknowledging a commercial positioning of earlyish drinkability. Cabernet's tattoo is apparent across a swathe of blackcurrant and a tail of bay leaf, while the shiraz imparts a violet lift and an undercurrent of pepper; the merlot some jelly in the doughnut. Delicious."

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Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2016

significant discount

Great Region for Shiraz

Wolf Blass McLaren Vale Vines

Wolf Blass McLaren Vale Vines

  • McLaren Vale is renowned as a superb region for full-bodied Shiraz with plenty of punch. James Halliday says: “When conventionally grown and harvested, the wines have an effortless opulence that’s the envy of most countries that have recently become converts to the variety.

  • Jancis Robinson says of the region: “Old-vine Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet produce seductive, generous reds”.

outstanding vintage

Great winery

  • Wolf Blass is a 5 star red (underlined) - rated winery by the Halliday Wine Companion. This means it is “a winery generally acknowledged to have had a long track record of excellence in the context of its region — truly the best of the best.”

  • The Wolf Blass reputation is hard to argue with, particularly in their premium wines like this one

Great independent reviews and ratings

  • Campbell Mattinson of The Wine Front gave it 92 points and said

    • Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Matured in both French and American oak these days.

      Toasty and tannic. It’s deep and dark but it’s not hulking or overblown; the fruit feels fresh and well balanced. Blackcurrant, mint, peppercorn and mulberry, a rich vein of pure plum. There’s the slightest, slightest dip to the mid palate but it recovers well and thereafter sails on with confidence. Toasty aftertaste, infused with twiggy eucalyptus. Hard to find any hairs out of place here.

  • The Halliday Wine Companion awarded it 92 points and said

    • “Deep crimson, this is a corpulent wine built to a long-established house style: sweet coconut crusted oak, ample dark fruit allusions and plenty of fruitcake spice given lift and swagger by some reductive tension and violet scents wafting uber alles.”

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I hope this helps you find some bargains ahead of Christmas! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or want recommendations on particular wines.