Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Classic flavours at exceptional value

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 Tyrrell’s Brookdale Semillon 2011 $19.95 (91 Points)

The semillon grown in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, considered the best region in Australia for this varietal, is built to last. Medium bodied with good acidity and a firm structure this bone dry white has majesty. Lemon lime flavours are delivered with elegance and length. Age it if you want a honeyed roundness to come out.

 Château Beauséjour 2009  $14.95 (89 Points)

This is a great little Bordeaux from the Fronsac appellation. Medium full bodied, structured with ripe fruit, it has both charm and depth. A blend of mainly merlot with cabernet franc it has notes of earthy underbrush. Ready to drink with whatever red meat you throw on the grill.

 Caves de Gigondas le Dit de la Clapassière Séguret 2009  $14.95 (89 Points)

This generous Côtes du Rhône-Villages red composed mainly of grenache with some syrah is plump, sweet and open. Velvety on the palate with yummy ripe berry flavors and a dollop of spice it has warmth from its 15 per cent alcohol and appeal. Perfect with a leg (gigot) of lamb or grilled duck breast.