We all want to buy and drink good wine, but is that possible with only $4?
Wine has enthralled people for millennia. But when a decent bottle of wine is beyond the average uni student’s budget, what can you? Bemoan the fact that you cannot enjoy the sweet delight that is wine? Or find the best available for under $4?
So we assembled a panel uni student wine drinkers, armed ourselves with 14 bottles of the cheapest wine they could find; determined to find the best of the lot.
On a cold Sunday night, while the wind howled, the bottles were opened. The reds had been allowed to “breathe” for a while; the whites had been chilled to temperatures that seemed Antarctic.
We swilled, sniffed and tasted our way through the contenders, discussing them as we struggled through the samples. A few hours later we finished, slightly tipsy and disappointed with almost all the wines.
But there were a few standouts: three red and three white wines that we felt were the best. We ranked the winners as follows.
The reds – best in show
It may not be Grange, but the Gossips Shiraz was the most palatable. It was slightly fruity, had a hint of wood that underpinned the sweetness of the wine. It was palatable, even pleasurable. Cliantha described it as a “breath of fresh air “. Chris described it as “solid for a party”.
The other two contenders won less praise. Chris disliked the Gossips’s Cabernet Merlo and two panel members were not keen on the Precious Earth Shiraz Merlot.
The whites – best in show
The whites fared slightly better, the Bowlers run Chardonnay ranking first and the Precious earth Semillon Sauvignon Blanc second. No-one was really keen on the smell (“bouquet” if you’re a wine snob) of either of the wines. Cliantha saying she simply wasn’t “vibin’ it”. The Precious Earth Semillon ranked a distant third.
These wines may not be stunning examples of what Australia has to offer, but they will do in a pinch. Overall though, we’d spend more and hope for better – if you have more to spend. – Report and photos by Ben Atkinson-James