Wine experts and retailers have a tough choice to make: Which is the best dark horse wine to enjoy at the perfect moment?
For the experts, the answer is: dark horse.
“It’s the best wine that you can buy for the price,” said wine historian and blogger Jodie Bevan.
“If you buy it at the supermarket it’s the one you should go for, it’s just so damn good.”
A wine historian who is an expert on the history of wine in Australia and New Zealand, Jodine Bevan said dark horse wines are generally a little bit more expensive than the more well-known and widely available reds.
“For a lot of people, it takes a lot more time to get it,” she said.
“So the only time they go for dark horses is if they really love dark horses.”
Wine historian and writer Tom Wainwright said the best part about dark horse is that they are very rare.
“There are just so few that have been made that have had so much impact on wine,” he said.
But the more common wines are a little more expensive.
“I think for the average consumer, it probably isn’t worth the money,” he explained.
“But for those who like the dark horses, it is really quite a good wine.”
Wine lovers and wine experts say it’s worth looking for the best one-off wines at your local wine shop.
“You have to be careful with dark horses because if they don’t taste good, they’re not worth the investment,” Wine Institute Australia’s chief executive, Sarah Raine, said.
Ms Raine said there were also some wines that are not as well-loved and are generally not as high in alcohol.
“They’re not as good as the wines you can get from a winery, and they’re certainly not as great as the wine that they’re a little higher in alcohol,” she explained.
However, many of these wines are worth it for the unique flavours and aromas.
The best dark horses are those that are also relatively cheap, which is why many experts recommend getting them at a retail store.
“Wine is an investment, so if you want a good, good one, go to the supermarket and get it at a wine shop,” Ms Rain said.
When it comes to picking the perfect dark horse, Ms Rane said you should try to go for wines that don’t require a lot to drink, or are cheap.
“As you’re shopping around, you’re trying to find the ones that are going to make you feel like, ‘I’m not getting anything for that amount of money’,” she said, adding that if you don’t like the taste of a wine, you can also avoid buying it altogether.
“Don’t buy it if it’s not a great one,” Ms Wainyer said.
‘It’s a good drink’ Wine expert and blogger Tom Wainewright says the best way to enjoy a wine is to just enjoy it.
“In a bottle, the best wines are the ones where you can actually taste the flavours,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne’s The Lunch Show.
“These wines, they don