Dan Murphy’s has announced the 2023 Decoded Wine Award winners, recognising the best of the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Even better, they are all under $25.
The process of selection was carried out over four days of blind tastings, from a panel of 12 judges who tried over 1000 wines.
Dan Murphy’s head of wine Andrew Shedden said the awards are about celebrating excellence as well as taking out the guesswork for customers.
“We know the world of wine can be intimidating at times so for this campaign we’ve ditched industry-focused phrases such as ‘malolactic fermentation’, ‘autumnal characteristics’ and ‘wet stone minerality’ and used customer-friendly phrases like ‘fuller, richer’, ‘light and crisp’ and ‘fruity and fun’ instead.
“The under $25 category has really shone brightly this year. What was evident in judging this price range is that you don’t have to compromise on taste.
“While there will always be customers who seek out a higher price range and they’re getting outstanding wines at those price points, the more accessible market is becoming something of a huge interest now given macroeconomic conditions.“
The Decoded Wine Awards have also released an exclusive Spend for Rewards offer for My Dan’s Members. Get up to $50 off when you shop award-winning wines picked by expert judges.
Check out the winning wines you need to try for under $25:
Pikes Traditionale Riesling $21.90
Tasting notes: The product of an outstanding vintage from a famous producer – energetic, spritzy, spicy lemon characters that carry on forever. A virtuoso performance.
REWILD Pinot Grigio $8.90
Tasting notes: With a careful eye on sustainability the makers have produced a pristine, crisp Pinot Grigio delivering purity and vitality.
Brokenwood Chardonnay $22.80
State: Wine of Australia (Grapes from VIC & NSW)
Tasting notes: A generously welcoming Chardonnay packing an intense punch of stonefruit in total harmony with the creamy vanilla oak.
Yalumba Y Series Viognier 11.90
Tasting notes: Vroom, vroom, Viognier. This one hits the road with the agility of a sports car. Exotic florals, elements of tropical fruit, apricots and a lick of ginger get the blood racing.
Pizzini Nonna Gisella Sangiovese $21.90
Region: King Valley
Tasting notes: A benchmark King Valley Sangiovese. Made with skill, preserving all of the varietal red fruit profile in a mouth-watering savoury way.
The Ethereal One Grenache $15.90
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasting notes: Ethereal Grenache has been sweeping all before it. A very contemporaneous version of grenache, deceptively light, with scrumptious, food-friendly flavours.
Cat Amongst The Pigeons GSM $14.90 (Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro)
Tasting notes: What a cracker! Plum and dark cherry, savoury edged, delicatessen meat, deeply flavoured, exceptionally lush and balanced, silky, seamless, hints of “cherry ripe chocolate bar”.
Wynns Shiraz $13.90
Tasting notes: How do they produce wines of this quality at such a bargain price? Such a surprise, when unmasked, to discover it wasn’t a more expensive wine.
Perfectly ripened fruit, seamless texture, lightly peppery, violet nose, blackberry. An absolute gem!
De Bortoli La Bohème Act Two Pinot Noir Rosé $17.90
Region: Yarra Valley
Tasting notes: Ethereal aromatics, perfect, delicately handled red berry fruit notes, creamy texture and a lovely long finish.
La Boheme stars again in Decoded.
Chapel Hill Sangiovese Rose $15.90
Region: Adelaide Hills
Tasting notes: A perennial favourite with our judges. Savoury red fruited Sangiovese made with delicacy and care.
A great “food wine” and just as enjoyable on its own.
Distant South Tasmania Sparkling $20.90
Tasting notes: Get out the canapes, crank up the music. Uncork the Distant South bubbles. Frothy and fun with a serious side.
Low and Lighter Alcohol
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley 9% Lighter Riesling $18.90
Region: Eden Valley
Tasting notes: Retains all of the usual delightful “rizza” citrus flavours whilst coming in at a “better for you” 9% alcohol.
Tread Softly Pinot Noir $12.90
Tasting notes: Light, easy-drinking soft red fruits – chillable. Lighter reds are the “buzz” at the moment.
Lovely red berry notes.
Grant Burge Prosecco Zero $17.90
Tasting notes: Zesty, refreshing, energy-packed. A remarkably well-made zero-alcohol offering.
Banrock Station Shiraz $10.90
Tasting notes: Good zero-alcohol reds are hard to come by. Banrock has succeeded in producing a convincing medium-bodied red with authentic shiraz character.