The Wine Guy Eddie McDougall: Great value wines


Hong Kong is one of the most fortunate cities on the planet when it comes to having easy access to the great wines of the world. Though this access is a privilege we should treasure, with so many choices it sometimes proves difficult for wine drinkers to discern which is a reliable bargain drop. It’s not hard to get your hands on a good wine if you go just by price, but opting for something more budget-friendly can be a gamble. When these choices go wrong it can spoil an otherwise  wonderful evening.  

To help you dodge the duds, here’s a list of my recent inexpensive favourites. Give these a try next time you’re stocking up on your house wines.

Rupert & Rothschild, Baroness Nadine, South Africa 2014
Very toasty with a nice acid line, indicative of smart winemaking. This careful consideration presents itself with good breadth on the palate, hints of baked apple and macadamia nuts. A comforting wine from start to strong finish. Seared scallops and lobster in seas of butter are just begging for this wine. $248. Available at Jebsen Fine Wines, 28/F, Caroline Ctr, 28 Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay, 2926 2240;

Neil Ellis, Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa 2014
A nose of toast and lemony citrus. Elegant layering soon follows with the emergence of green papaya and guava on the palate. The purity of fruit is astounding, presumably from the wine’s honest bush vine origin. It seems suspiciously well planned that Darling is this vineyard’s closest town. A must-have for all your upcoming sushi dinners. $155. Available at The Flying Winemaker, 604-605 Yu Yuet Lai Bldg, 43-55 Wyndham St, Central, 2522 2187;

La Magia Rosso di Montalcino, Italy 2012
This cult wine producer from Tuscany is churning out wines that deserve high praise. Produced in a style which is very approachable and definitive of sangiovese, this ‘baby Brunello’ screams the flavours of sour cherries, strawberries and aniseed. The use of oak is limited, hence this wine shines as pure expression of its fruit. $180. Available at Heritage Wines, Shop 20E, Twr 1, The Sparkle, 500 Tung Chau St, West Kowloon,

Roberto Voerzio Priavino Dolcetto d’Alba, Italy 2012
It’s widely believed that Roberto Voerzio doesn’t make wines that are this affordable. Most of his bottles cost well over 100 Euro. Do me a favour and don’t tell too many people – let’s keep this one our little secret! This Dolcetto is cleverly made as it offers multiple layers of complexities with a swirl of sour plums, spices and cherries. A very food friendly wine, sipped best with a traditional quattro formaggi pizza. $190. Available at The Flying Winemaker, 604-605 Yu Yuet Lai Bldg, 43-55 Wyndham St, Central, 2522 2187;

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