When it comes to wines, there are two myths that need to be debunked. For starters, price is not indicative of quality. You can buy a good bottle of wine without it costing you an arm and a leg. Secondly, France and Italy aren’t the only two nations that can produce a good wine. Here are 6 wonderful wines from around the world that are fantastic, without breaking the bank.
2012 Pascual Toso Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina
Pascual Toso is one of the oldest and best wineries in Argentina. Despite their reputation for making quality wines, the winery refuses to charge over-the-top prices for some of its finest bottles. One of its best offerings, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, captures the best of what the great Las Barrancas terroir has to offer. It is a warm tangy red, with hints of blackberry and smoked rhubarb.
2010 Shoofly Shiraz, Australia
One of the best wines to emerge from Australia in recent years, the Shoofly Shiraz offers complex flavours without overpowering the palate. From the medium bright red colour to the light aroma of Asian spices, the Shoofly Shiraz is a delight for your senses. The initial fresh taste brings on bold notes of nutmeg, earth and tamarind, with the wine finishing as fresh as it started.
2010 Eastdell Unoaked Chardonnay VQA, Canada
Over the past decade, Canada’s Niagara region has established itself as one of the best wine producing regions in the world. Eastdell Estates is one of the prominent wineries that have contributed to the rise of the Niagara region as a wine superpower. The 2010 Chardonnay boasts a creamy straw colour with flavour that captures citrus and green apples. The dry light bodied wine represents a perfect balance between aroma and flavour.
2011 Errarzuriz Estate Carmenere, Chile
If you like your reds to have a nice colour, you will love the deep ruby red tones of Errarzuriz Estate’s 2011 Carmenere. Even before the flavour and aroma can work their magic, the deep red colour will get oenophiles excited. Although Chilean wineries produce a number of different wines, the Carmenere is definitely the best the country has to offer. The full bodied red scintillates the palate with smoky flavours of spicy blackberry.
2012 Waka Waka Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa
Although South Africa has made its mark in the world of wine, the country is mostly well known for its reds rather than its whites. However, it would be a massive mistake to ignore some of the wonderful white wines being produced in the South African wineries. The 2012 Waka Waka Sauvignon Blanc is perhaps one of the most delightful white wines out there. The subtle flavours and flowery aromas make it perfect for a hot summer’s day.
2012 Mirassou Pinot Grigio, USA
It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that Pinot Grigio started becoming popular in the United States. However, since then, Californians have become masters at making pinot grigios that can challenge the best Italy has to offer. Mirassou Vineyards has been at the forefront of making California a haven for those who enjoy a good pinot grigio. From the pale lemon colour to the grapefruit, lemon and stone fruit flavours, the dry and light bodied 2012 white is unbelievable value for money.