The rising cost of living may be eating into Australians’ budgets but the good news is that you can still pick up a good bottle of red without breaking the bank.
In fact, there has never been a better time to snap up a decent drop for as little as $7.
The West Australian’s annual Top 100 Reds tasting has revealed the best red wines in the country, from modestly priced options through to premium special-occasion drops.
Set to be published in a 20-page magazine free inside The West Australian on Thursday, the results will reveal not only the prestigious title of the most highly rated wine of 2022, but also the best affordable red.
And with the cost of living soaring, readers will no doubt be thrilled to find out which wine has taken out the title of the best budget buy.
The top 100 was selected via a rigorous judging process that saw more than 600 bottles of wine from winemakers across the country submitted for tasting, from classic varieties such as shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir to increasingly popular styles like tempranillo and sangiovese.
Some of Australia’s top wineries and wine regions — including emerging winemakers as well as established names like Amelia Park, Cherubino, Voyager, Millbrook and Evans & Tate — were considered for the annual judging, with each assessed on a range of criteria including flavour, balance and how technically accomplished they are.
West Australian winemakers featured heavily in the line-up, from the Swan Valley down to Frankland River in the Great Southern.
The wines were broken down into four price categories ranging from $15 and under up to $40 at the upper end of the spectrum. They were then divided according to different varieties, ensuring there is something for every taste and budget.
In total there were 15 wines that came in at $15 or less, including the overall winner which earned the budget category’s highest rating in the history of the tasting.