• Gabriella Fois

Top 10 under $30.00


The Sweet Spot, the amount of money you spend on wine that almost guarantees you’ll get something interesting and tasty.

Sydney, Australia in 2018 the sweet spot for me is between $20-$30 which is equivalent to:

USD $14-$21.00

£11- £16.00

€12- €18.00

In my sweet spot I find domestic wines (Australian) will repeatedly deliver more bang for buck. I regularly seek out wine from cooler climates, alternative varietals, unique blends and you know it, Gamay!

Over the year it is safe to say I have tasted 100’s and 100's of wine, many good, some faulty, several mind blowing and others that just over deliver and tick all the boxes. In Oz $20 doesn't get you much, here are a few of my favourites from the sweet spot.


I would love to hear what your sweet spot and what wines in that bracket have blown your mind?

Unico Zelo Jade and Jasper 2018 $22.00

White florals, lemon, talc, crisp green apples and peaches. Lots to smell here, but wait! the palate sure packs a punch with its waxy texture and talc like close. A great food wine, or just drink it alone.

Heretic Savagnin 2017 $26.00

The wine is as seductive as the label, if not more. A delightful and textural white made from Savagnin, not to be confused with Sauvginon. Chardonnay drinkers this one is for you! It's delicate yet powerful with aromas of almond meal, shortbread, lemon curd and a splash of salinty. The palate has a creamy texture but it's lemon like acidity keeps things nice and fresh, morieish down to the last glass. Tried this baby twice, and tempted to get another bottle, for $26.00 it delivers the goods.

Chalmers Montevecchio White Blend 2017 $20.00

What would Aussie-Italian wine look like without the Chalmers Family and Dr Rod Bonfiglio? Together they are responsible for the introduction and growth of indigenous Italian grape varieties suited to the Australian climate. By selecting varieties that marry well with their land they are able to place less stress on natural resources and use fewer chemicals.

First off a citrus fruit party, lemon pith and grapefruit. It's tart and smells like it's going to quench my thirst. Apples, pear, and white nectarines flow out after a little swirl, On the palate, this wine has some guts, a slightly oily texture which gives the wine a bit of oomph and adds to its charisma. A crisp and dry end to a fruit forward style, with a touch of salinity, pairs well with the summer sun

LS Merchants Vermentino 2018 $29.00

If you like Chablis, Muscadet and crisp whites this one is for you. Lemon juice, sea spray and a slight floral character too. On the palate a touch more fruit but that crushed oyster shell and freshly sliced lemon really comes out to play along with a grippy texture. This wine, all summer long!

Far Rising Saignee Rosé 2018 $29.00

The Far family doesn't make a bad wine. I am not surprised a serious barrel matured Pinot Noir rosé is their doing. It's a bit more ballsy then the classic frenchies and a touch more savoury too. Strawberries, quince, floral but with a savoury spice close. Ideal partner for a charcuterie platter.

Punt Road Gamay 2017 $27.00

I love myself a savoury wine, this one has a beautiful contrast of Gamay’s bright fruit character complimented by bbq meat and dried herb aromas. With a slight chill this is heaven.

Nick Spencer Dry Red 2017 $28.00

I’m a sucker for a good nose and this baby has got me hooked. Raspberries, rose water, violets, bouncy blue fruits – it’s oh so pretty. Medium body, fine-grained tannins, nice bit of acid drool and crunchy red and blue fruits. All and all a very well-made wine that delivers the goods. A classy drink, try not to finish the bottle.

Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz 2017 $26.00

I have never disliked a Luke Lambert wine and he is always kicking goals with his Crudo range.

A bounty of berries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries on the nose with a crack of black pepper and a smokey meat undertone. Black fruits flow until the end, it’s fine tannins and fruit intensity create a wine of great length.

Ravensworth Regional Sangiovese 2017 $28.00 Hate me for it but i think i love the Regional Sangiovese more than the Estate. It just sings out of the glass, beautiful balance of bright red cherries, dried herbs and a delightful gaminess. It’s so perfumed and pretty, like your favourite perfume but with a touch of grunt. It slides down too easily with its sleek tannins hitting your cheeks, acid in check, not a hair out of place. Gulp it up, buy 2 not 1.

Forlorn Hope Shiraz Grenache 2017 $29.00

Pretty special stuff, a limited release from American winemaker Mathew Rorick who makes wine under his Forlorn Hope label back home in California. Now If you can resist I do suggest drinking this wine over a couple of days, it opens up nicely. At first it jumped out of the glass with "look at me" aromas of blackberry, violets, liquorice and just a smidgen on bbq meat. On the palate it really smacks you, filling out the mouth with its supple tannins and bags of black fruit. Day two saw more peppercorn and spice and the fruit took the backseat somewhat. Absolutely seamless, a nice balance of power and elegance.

I would love to hear what your sweet spot is and what wines in that bracket have blown your mind?