- James Halliday and our tasting team are always on the lookout for bright new stars. Of the 1000-plus wineries included in the 2021 Wine Companion, 59 of those appeared on its pages for the very first time. The following wine list includes the flagship varietals and styles from seven of those fresh new faces.
- Well structured with fine-grained tannins, aided by partial whole bunch fermentation and 12 months in French oak puncheons. Raspberry and dark fruits dominate with a dark cocoa undertone. Deep and dark, yet pretty and elegant.
- This is a medium-bodied pinot noir with an elegant perfume and enticing, rich palate of plum, cherries, vanilla and wet slate. It features soft tannins and luscious, lovely length.
- Deep purple-red with a dark core and a bright, youthful rim. Perfume of primary fruits are prominent, with dark chocolate, fresh espresso shot, blueberry hints and Lindt milk chocolate. A ripe and delicious shiraz with a plush mid-palate, refreshing minerality and great length.
- Smooth, sweet and balanced in the mouth offering a clean, crisp palate of mango-honeysuckled vibrant acidity. Pleasantly refreshing, this natural botrytis aperitif wine throws luminous golden hues and an evocative scent of orange blossom.
- This highly perfumed pinot noir features spicy and savoury flavours of cherry cola and plum fruit from start to finish. It delivers intense red and blue berry fruits, fragrant dried herbs and subtle spice nuances, all wrapped in a fine, silky structure.
- Deep red with purple hues. This wine has intense and vibrant white pepper, raspberry and cherry aromas and flavours. The palate is subtle, complex and long due to a perfect natural acidity and velvety tannic structure.
- An expressive perfume of baked apples, ripe stone fruit and almond cream, with light vanilla and spice notes. The palate displays vibrant citrus, hazelnut, ripe white nectarine and hints of flint, followed by a soft, creamy mouthfeel and polished acidity.
Winemaker says: "Our 2018 Elementary Shiraz is a powerful, yet incredibly elegant wine. Notes of Mexican chocolate, raspberry and liquorice on the palate make it a beautiful pairing with red meats – but the best combination so far has been pork belly with sticky Chinese five spice marinade. This is a style that can be enjoyed all year round, but on a winter’s night with the right dish, it is magic."
RRP $68 | Drink to 2040 | wrenestate.com.au
Winemaker says: "Our philosophy is to hand-select our fruit for quality to produce wine of elegance, perfume and complexity – and our Bell & Gong Pinot Noir embodies all those characteristics. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to pairing this wine with gourmet Tasmanian delicacies, but one highly recommended delight is a Tasmanian truffled brie. For a classic and favourite meal pairing, try it with duck."
RRP $48 | Drink to 2030 | bellandgong.com
Winemaker says: "The 2017 Max & Me Shiraz features both intensity and fine structure from a picturesque ‘bony’ site in the Barossa’s ranges. This cool growing district imparts a lovely fineness to the palate, which adds versatility to its potential food matches. It can certainly pair beautifully with a sirloin steak or a roast leg of lamb, but will also drink seamlessly beside a moderately spiced curry with fresh naan breads."
RRP $60 | Drink to 2045 | maxandme.com.au
Winermaker says: "This botrytis Semillon is made from handcrafted grapes from the Nehme vineyard, which are transferred to press without crushing or destemming as tenderly as possible to enhance the full flavour of the fruit. It is exceptionally suited to both sweet and savoury foods – enjoy it as an afternoon aperitif with a selection of cheeses, nuts, fruit, smoked salmon and crayfish or with a range of desserts."
RRP $48 | Drink to 2030+ | michelmarie.co
Winemaker says: "Sourced from two complementary vineyards in the Yarra Valley, this Victorian pinot noir is produced from hand-harvested, whole-bunch fermented fruit. A soft and versatile style that lends itself to a wide range of food pairings. Try it with roast chicken, veal or fuller-flavoured, fattier red meats."
RRP $78 | Drink to 2029 | odevine.com.cn
Winemaker says: "This Canberra District wine displays characteristics typical of Northern Rhone Valley syrah of France. Grown in the 48-year-old Cullarin Vineyard, the fruit was hand-picked, partially destemmed and fermented in stainless steel before undergoing malolactic fermentation in three-year-old French barriques. Enjoy it with lamb shanks or soft cheeses on a Winter afternoon."
RRP $50 | Drink to 2030 | cullarin.com.au
Winemaker says: "The 2018 Terra Verde Chardonnay is truly a Tasmanian showcase, blended from 12 individual batches which represent every major grape growing region in the state – including the Tamar Valley, East Coast, Tasman Peninsula, Coal River Valley and Huon Valley. Brilliant in the warmer months, paired with firmer fish such as blue eye, hapuka and flathead (on the BBQ of course), and in the cooler months, alongside braised chicken thighs with prunes and capers."
RRP $50 | Drink to 2025 | fogarty.wine
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
Top image credit: Wine Australia