Dan Murphy’s: The $13.90 wine named ‘best value pick’ of 2020

A $13.90 bottle of Pinot Gris has won the title of ‘best value pick’ at the inaugural Australian Decoded Wine Awards. 

Held by Dan Murphy’s, the awards saw a panel of 12 experts from across Australia blind taste thousands of varieties of wine – and the The Noble Fellows Baron Betsy Pinot Gris Marlborough from New Zealand was dubbed best value ‘light white’.  

The wine was one of seven finalists in the ‘lighter white under $20’ category and described by South Australian wine merchant Kathy Gertau as ‘exceptional value and juicy with an enjoyably dry finish’.  

Noble Fellows' Baron Betsy Pinot Gris white wine (pictured) has won Dan Murphy's Decoded Wine Awards for the lighter wine under $20 value pick

Noble Fellows' Baron Betsy Pinot Gris white wine (pictured) has won Dan Murphy's Decoded Wine Awards for the lighter wine under $20 value pick

Noble Fellows’ Baron Betsy Pinot Gris white wine (pictured) has won Dan Murphy’s Decoded Wine Awards for the lighter wine under $20 value pick

The Australian experts judged the beverage on it’s structure, complexity and tannins and praised its apple, pear and spice notes. 

This year’s under $20 finalists were Knappstein Riesling, Devil’s Lair The Hidden Cave Chardonnay, Z Wine Rustica Barossa Valley Grenache,Langmeil Three Gardens Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache, Blue Pyrenees Bone Dry Rosé and the Jansz Tasmania Vintage Cuvée 2014.

The over $20 finalists included Morris Old Rare Liqueur Topaque, Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Seppelt Drumborg Vineyard Riesling 2018, Xanadu Chardonnay 2018 and Craggy Range Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 

What are the wine tasting terms you should know?  

Acidity: A wine that tastes tart or zesty or that leaves the inside of your mouth feeling tingly and watering has high acidity. Other words for acidity include bright, crisp, crunchy and racy.

Age: How long a wine has been in its bottle for. When a wine is described as young, it means it’s only been in its bottle for a year or so. Old wine, on the other hand, can mean anything from five to 50 years in bottle.

Dry/Sweet: In the wine world, sweet, not wet, is the opposite of dry. If a wine is dry, it means all the grape sugar was converted into alcohol during fermentation. If it’s sweet, it means there was some grape sugar left over. This is why sweet wines are often lower in alcohol.

Oak: Wine that is aged in oak barrels absorbs the flavours and aromas of the barrel itself. Depending on the age and the type of oak, the flavours can be toasty, vanilla, baking spices, caramel or woody.

Tannins: If you’ve ever let a black tea steep for too long, you’ll have an idea of what tannins taste like. Tannins are bitter-tasting compounds that come from grape skins, seeds and stems. Red wines generally have more tannins because of their extended contact with skins and sees during maceration. 

Source: Dan Murphy’s 

The Noble Fellows wine range from Marlborough New Zealand, recently launched in Australia.

It also includes a Marlborough Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Rosé and Grüner Veltliner.

The Noble Fellows range is now available at Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores and cost between $5 to $22.  

The Noble Fellows range, which features five different wines, from Marlborough New Zealand, recently launched in Australia

The Noble Fellows range, which features five different wines, from Marlborough New Zealand, recently launched in Australia

The Noble Fellows range, which features five different wines, from Marlborough New Zealand, recently launched in Australia

‘We are excited to introduce Noble Fellows wine,’ BWS merchandise manager,’ Chris Mattes, said.

‘The grapes in each of the five varieties have been carefully chosen for their intensity of flavour and delicious balance of fruit and acidity, characteristic of this award-winning wine region.’

Chris continued: ‘With an RRP of $22 per bottle, Noble Fellows offers the delectable taste of a premium wine for an affordable price.’