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What we're drinking: our favourite wines of the month

Our top drops for July as selected by our consummate wine expert Max Allen.

By Max Allen
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Ever wondered which wines Gourmet Traveller likes to kick back with at the end of the day? White, red or orange, here are our favourite wines (and ales) of the month.

Our top drops for July

Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte Anne, Champagne, $85
Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte Anne, Champagne, $850
Partially wild-fermented in concrete eggs, this pristine Champagne is predominantly pinot noir but tastes more of chardonnay: lemony and full of lively minerality.
Imported by imbibo.com.au
2017 Ravensworth Estate Sangiovese, Canberra District, $38
2017 Ravensworth Estate Sangiovese, Canberra District, $38
A glorious sangiovese that offers superb value: you'd have to spend a lot more to find a Chianti with this complexity and purity of red-cherry fruit and savoury tannins.
ravensworthwines.com.au
2018 Goon Tycoons Hipster Piss Fiano, Frankland River, $25
2018 Goon Tycoons Hipster Piss Fiano, Frankland River, $25
Cheeky name, lovely wine. Southern Mediterranean grape varieties are proving to be well-suited to the Frankland region, as this crunchy, textural, pear-juicy example demonstrates.
goontycoons.com.au
Bad Shepherd Victoria Pale Ale, Melbourne, $4.40
Bad Shepherd Victoria Pale Ale, Melbourne, $4.40
There's plenty of weird and wonderful brews around, but sometimes you just want a beer that tastes like beer. This is that beer. And it's made from 100 per cent Victorian ingredients.
badshepherd.com.au
2016 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, $29
2016 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, $29
If you like classic Coonawarra cabernet – all glossy blackcurrant fruit and cedary oak and elegant grip – then you'll love this. At only 29 bucks a bottle, you'd be mad not to buy a few.
redman.com.au
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