Plenty of good shiraz wines are around at $20 or under. The majority below are from South Australia.
Barton Steer Limestone Coast Shiraz 2014: Soft and round, with full mulberry flavour, and enjoyable without being demanding in any way. 89 points, and $10 from Dan’s is good value.
Hesketh ‘Midday Somewhere’ South Australia Shiraz 2014: The wine matches the name: soft and approachable, just right for Sunday lunch, or any lunchtime. 92 points and a cracking price at $12.
Berton ‘The Black’ Shiraz 2015: This is big (14.5 per cent), bold, mouth-filling wine to be drunk with gusto and enjoyed. 90 points and for about $12 how can anyone go wrong with a couple of bottles and a few friends.
Shingleback ‘Red Knot’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015: This is exclusive to Dan’s and BWS at a retail price of $15, which is a very fair price to pay for a wine that is soft and subtle yet with enough sinew to make it interesting along the journey. 92 points.
Shingleback ‘Haycutters’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014: An exclusive to First Choice, Vintage Cellars and Liquorland (Coles group), which means it’s available nationally. From one of Australia’s finest shiraz-producing regions, it’s good, very good. No more need be said. 93 points and a fair price at $17.
Jacob’s Creek ‘Reserve’ Limestone Coast Shiraz 2014: Full flavour but without the sweetness or weight of most Barossa or McLaren Vale wines. It got a little lost in a tasting of shiraz, but had enough charm for me to return to it, and then drink it with great pleasure. So from 91 on tasting to 93 on drinking and great value at $18.
Mezzo Tatiara District Shiraz 2014: This didn’t raise much enthusiasm with my palate, but it’s not unpleasant, and drank rather nicely on a hot day when chilled. 92 points and worth $18.
Chapel Hill ‘The Parson’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015: Like the parsons of yesteryear, a sombre black outside but warmth and delight tumbles about as it travels. Good wine, 93 points, and worth the $18 asked.
Thorn Clarke ‘Sandpiper’ Barossa Shiraz 2015: A smooth journey of ripe flavours from beginning to end. A joy to drink and it worked at the table as well. 92 points and worth $19.
Sandalford Margaret River Shiraz 2015: Good quality, already drinking well and matched the dinner that night. 91 points and worth its $20, but, as can be seen, it has strong competition.