Australia first won over Americans with good wine that had real personality and cost relatively little. Denigrated by some as “cheap and cheerful,” these wines have been blamed for Australia’s recent difficulties in the wine market, mainly because the inexpensive wines can be so appealing that higher-priced wines become harder to sell.
I just tasted through the latest lineup from a low-price stalwart. I sampled the wines blind, mixed with others of the same types in a series of tastings in the past two weeks. Among others priced much higher, Oxford Landing Estates held its own. The whole line, which carries a South Australia appellation, is priced at $10, but in places where discounting is common you can find them for around $7.
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