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Best Wines Under $20: Budget Buys That Actually Taste Amazing

For a bottle that won’t break the bank, look no further than Australia’s best wines under $20.

Choosing the perfect bottle is an elite skill, and when it comes to wine, you really don’t have to spend a fortune. There are plenty of purse-friendly options out there that taste just as good – sometimes even better – as the expensive stuff. From Cabernet Sauvignons to French rosé and Chardonnay, these budget bottles offer plenty of different tasting notes to suit even the most complex of palates. Proving that price doesn’t compromise quality, these are the best wines under $20 that are punching well above their weight.

Best Wines Under $20: White

Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $16.99

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Alcohol Volume: 13.0%

Sitchu Says: Winner of the Decoded Wine Awards in 2022, this easy-drinking New Zealand Sav offers a medley of ripe and intense tropical notes of guava and passionfruit. Crisp, fresh, and fruity, this punchy white pairs perfectly with seafood and sunny days.

Credaro Five Tales Chardonnay

Price: $19.99

Region: Margaret River

Alcohol Volume: 13.5%

Sitchu Says: Credaro Five Tales is an excellent entry level chardy. The palate is medium-bodied with stone fruit and fresh citrus flavours and a light touch of French oak. The wine finishes smoothly with balanced acidity and a lasting ripe fruit flavour. Decent enough to stand on its own and heavenly with pork, poultry and rich fish.

Tolley Clare Valley Riesling

Price: $12.99

Region: Clare Valley

Alcohol Volume: 12%

Sitchu Says: Punching well above its price, Tolley Clare Valley Riesling is always well received. Making good use of the region's best vineyard sites, this dry, light-bodied riesling from the illustrious Clare Valley carries a fresh natural acidity and mineral depth, with typical lime and lemon curd and full flavours.

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $17.99

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Alcohol Volume: 13%

Sitchu Says: A textbook Marlborough Sav that never fails. Ripe, tropical fruit flavours of passion fruit, melon, and grapefruit create a fresh, juicy wine with lively acidity and plenty of weight and length on the palate. Excellent with fresh oysters, asparagus, lobster, or summer salads.

Elephant in the Room Pinot Gris

Price: $12.95

Region: Australia

Alcohol Volume: 12.5%

Sitchu Says: A quality all-rounder that pairs with pretty much anything but is equally as enjoyable on its own. A Decoded Wine Awards 2022 finalist, on the nose you’ll find ripe varietal fruit flavours of apple, grilled nuts and citrus with florals and spice. A beautifully lifted and expressive wine with mouth-filling textures that finishes fresh.

Best Wines Under $20: Red

Unspoken Red

Price: $12.99

Region: Barossa, South Australia

Alcohol Volume:

Sitchu Says: After the perfect winter wine? Full-bodied and silky smooth, this Shiraz and Merlot blend from Unspoken is our newest Aldi obsession. An intense, deep red wine that looks as good as it tastes, expect notes of ripe mulberry and plum, hints of decadent raspberry jam, soft tannins, and acidity with smooth mocha oak.

Three Corner Jack Shiraz Cabernet Merlot

Price: $16.99

Region: McLaren Vale

Alcohol Volume: 14.5%

Sitchu Says: You can always count on McLaren Vale to deliver delicious drops and this lusty red blend is one of them. Ripe, dark berry fruits from the Merlot along with spice elements from the Shiraz and a firm but balanced structure from the Cabernet integrate seamlessly to create an award-winning wine that far exceeds its price tag.

Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz

Price: $18.99

Region: Coonawarra

Alcohol Volume: 14.5%

Sitchu Says: For a cheap, hearty red that will impress even the most particular of wine drinkers look no further. Winner of the best fuller red under $20 in 2022, this crimson-hued, medium-bodied drop was made for Sunday roasts. Sublimely smooth and suitable for the everyday, enjoy deep, ripe, berry flavours, without the overlay of oak or other winemaker inputs.

Minchinbury Pinot Noir

Price: $6.99

Region: Australia

Alcohol Volume: 13.5%

Sitchu Says: While a red under $10 typically lists pounding headaches as the primary ingredient, this award-winning drop from Minchinbury is here to prove that cheap can in fact be cheerful. Sourced from premium Australian wine regions, this pinot noir is a light-bodied, elegant wine highlighting ripe plum fruit on the finish.

Nosey Parker Shiraz

Price: $14.99

Region: Barossa Valley

Alcohol Volume: 14.5%

Sitchu Says: For the steady shiraz drinkers, the Nosey Parker never disappoints. Layering notes of sweetly spiced blackberry with a smidge of oak, backed up by a rich, powerfully long palate, this is wine is perfectly suited to be enjoyed on its own or is equally at home when paired with rich and flavoursome cuisine.

Best Wines Under $20: Rosé

Tread Softly

Price: $13.99

Region: Australia

Alcohol Volume: 10.9%

Sitchu Says: A wine that is good for the soul and the planet. Planting an Australian native tree for every six bottles sold, Tread Softly is a progressively eco-conscious brand committed to reducing its carbon footprint. Vegan and naturally lower in alcohol, this dry, light-bodied rose delivers a palate of red fruits, citrus, and florals with a creamy texture.

La Bohème Act Two Dry Rose

Price: $19.99

Region: Yarra Valley

Alcohol Volume: 12.7%

Sitchu Says: When the weather calls for a glass (or two) of crisp, dry rose, this delightfully delicate wine delivers in spades. Brilliantly balanced with soft peach and nectarine flavours, the La Bohème Act Two Dry Rose is fabulous for an aperitif or with light bites – think sushi and nibbles.

Marius Peyol Provence

Price: $14.99

Region: Provence

Alcohol Volume: 13%

Sitchu Says: Forget rose all day, this wine will have you sipping it every day. It's bright, flavoursome, and heavy on the aromas. Savour delicate notes of red berries, white peach, and citrus along with a nice balance and a textured mouthfeel.  A French rose for under $15, say less.

Pigoudet Premiere Vin de Provence (2020)

Price: $19.99

Region: Provence

Alcohol Volume: 13%

Sitchu Says: Another purse-friendly French rose we can’t get enough of. Blending traditional varieties of the appellation Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence - Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah - the nose delivers fruity notes of white peach, apricot or lychee. Fresh and fruity, what more could you ask for?

Jacob's Creek Le Petit Rosé

Price: $13.95

Region: South Australia

Alcohol Volume: 12.4%

Sitchu Says: With more than a couple of gold medals behind it, this quintessentially Aussie winery is putting its own cheeky spin on French rosé, and we couldn’t be more here for it. Restrained and well balanced, the dry palate is savoury and chalky, with vibrant fruit flavours while the aromatic nose shows red currant and spice. Pair with light savoury dishes like charcuterie and seafood. 

Best Wines Under $20: Sparkling

Maschio Prosecco

Price: $9.99

Region: Treviso, Italy

Alcohol Volume: 11%

Sitchu Says: Repping that illustrious DOC sticker, this Italian born bubbles is a tried-and-true favourite. As satisfying in a mimosa as it is on its own, expect a lively froth followed by a nose full of strong candied fruit and sweet flower hints. 

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco

Price: $19.99

Region: King Valley

Alcohol Volume: 10.5%

Sitchu Says: The ancient Roman name for Prosecco, Pucino by Dal Zotto recreates Italy’s ancient style right here in Australia through the adoption of the Charmat method. The result? An elegantly complex sparkling that compliments every occasion, from an afternoon aperitif complete with fresh, local oysters to cured meats and fruits.

The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz

Price: $19.99

Region: Multi-regional blend, Australia

Alcohol Volume: 13%

Sitchu Says: Proving that Shiraz is so much more than a winter wine, The Black Chook is a hit year-round. Smooth with a subtle sweetness, this seductive sparkling gives vibrant sun-ripened blackberries with liquorice and white pepper notes - a holiday favourite for sure.

Sieur d'Arques Cremant de Limoux

Price: $19.95

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Alcohol Volume: 12.5%

Sitchu Says: French sparkling for under $20? Say it ain’t so! This Crémant de Limoux Brut is sourced from the oldest sparkling wine region in the world which continues to deliver exquisitely flavourful drops that won’t break the bank. Winning a total of 8 gold medals over recent years, run don’t walk to grab a bottle (or six) of this one.

Loving our pick of the best wine subscriptions in Australia and looking for something to pair it with? Be sure to check our favourite food & wine pairings for the ultimate night in. While you’re at it why not check out our favourite winter cocktail recipes that are guaranteed to keep you cosy through the cooler months.