One wine critic stands tall above all the rest in the world of Australian wine: James Halliday. His annually released Wine Companion has long been required reading for any Australian wine lover and its publication one of the most keenly awaited dates in the calendar.
The 2019 edition has hit the shelves and we have picked some of our favourite Halliday-rated drops for you to enjoy. But be quick; the Halliday stamp of approval has a habit of making a wine a sell-out success, so expect these top drops to fly off the shelves in double quick time.
"Puts a smile on the face as its purity and freshness come through without the least hesitation. Distilled Eden Valley lemon/lime/mineral notes all hunt together, and end any discussion about the quality (and exceptional value) of this label." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM7779
Lifted nectarine, white flowers and cashew on the nose. On the palate, vibrant flaovurs of ripe stonefruit are layered with subtle oak characters creating a textural mouthfeel while the natural acidity adds vibrancy and structure. An elegant example of a Margaret River Chardonnay.
Item Code: ITM15334
A fantastic summertime wine, this Pinot Gris is a great everyday wine. Bright layers of pear, kiwi fruit, green apple with hints of citrus blossom and guava, combine with crisp texture and bright acidity to create refreshing and drinkable wine.
Item Code: ITM6550
"It’s a substantial red wine with fruit – rather than oak – to the fore. It’s a pure expression of shiraz in a Barossa landscape. It tastes of coal and blackberry jam, campfire and cloves, but it’s that hearty hit of blackberried – tinged with raspberry – fruit that really characterises it. It's a faultless Shiraz, from all angles." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM18744
"Hand-picked Matura 6 and 7 clones, matured for 15 months in French barriques (10% new). Excellent colour; this is a pretty smart sangio, the red cherry fruits within a filigree of tannins, part satin, part spicy. The oak maturation has worked well, shaping texture more than flavour." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM18614
"This is one of the best wines that Deep Woods Estate makes and the one that I cellar for special occasions - and also drink it on a Tuesday with pizza." Julian Langworthy, Chief Winemaker
Item Code: ITM15337
"Uses 35% whole bunches on the bottom of the fermenter, 2% viognier skins on top of the whole bunches, then 63% crushed/destemmed on top, left alone to ferment naturally until 2% baume left, then pigeaged, 3 weeks on skins in total, matured in new and used French oak for 18 months. This approach, coupled with 13.5% alcohol, results in a vibrantly fresh, fragrant and lively wine bursting with cherry fruit, spice and pepper. Now the journey in the bottle begins." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM21594
“Medium bodied, creamy cashew and juicy white fruits, flinty struck match complexity, and a red grapefruit and toasty finish of good length. Ready to go now, I’d say.” Gary Walsh
Item Code: ITM6833