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Sub $20 stars

It doesn’t happen all that often, but we tasted two super sub-$20 wines on consecutive nights this week – a red and a white. We were so impressed we had to share.

The red: jot this one down it’s a star… the Mt Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2013.

I don’t get to taste the winery’s flagship red – the Langi – too often , but have always rated the entry level Billi Billi (16-$17) and the Cliff Edge (mid-$20s). But this Billi Billi was incredible and I would think one of the best sub-$20 wines we’ll taste this year. From a hot year, the flavours are bold and generous. Dark fruit predominantly, but with some red fruit coming into play too, it fills the mouth with lovely ripe berry flavours, plump and rich but all very elegant. Then there’s this delicious line of spice, one of Mt Langi’s hallmarks – pepper, clove – the interest factor goes through the roof. For me, this is a delight and represents outrageous value.

The white: from Vasse Felix, one of our favourite Margaret River wineries. It’s the Classic Dry White 2015 – a semillon sauvignon blanc blend, which I admit, is a style of wine I like. You can taste the lemony semillon all right, you can taste the crunchy fullness of the sauvignon blanc and some sweeter tropical fruit notes – it’s all there and beautifully integrated. Just where the semillon ends and the sauvignon blanc takes over… well, who cares. It just tastes so right. Crispy acid lingers and brings length. Easy drinking, but quite delicious and dazzling value.

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