- The Halliday Tasting Team are always on the lookout for bright new stars. This year, they sought out a record 102 new wineries that appeared on the pages of The Companion for the very first time. The following wine list includes standout styles from nine of those fresh new faces. Discover them below.
- Full purple red. Powerful and ripe Barossa cabernet, brimming with cassis and blackcurrant fruit and high-cocoa dark chocolate French oak. It has the fruit density and firm, fine tannins to handle warming alcohol on a finish of even persistence.
- Aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, lime sherbet and white peach with just a hint of lemon butter. Though light on the palate, there is depth and character; lees-derived lemon curd and almond, citrus and beeswax, zippy but supple at the same time.
- Beautifully balanced with an intense aromatic profile. The nose displays vibrant aromas of blueberries, blackberries, liquorice and hints of spice. The palate is rich and velvety with a savoury persistence and well-structured tannins.
- This off-dry style riesling is presenting soft and aromatic, yet mouth-filling with exceptional palate length. Drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so for years to come.
- A vibrant, medium-bodied and silky palate of red cherries, blueberries and satsuma plums up front, followed by an intriguing swarm of savoury complexity, including notes of sarsaparilla, pomegranate molasses, licorice and spice. The crunchy acidity compliments the palate and drives right through to the finish where it effortlessly knits with the supple, dry tannins.
- Ripe pear and peach aromas are complimented by juicy, ripe pear flavours and a creamy mouthfeel, perfectly balanced with crisp acidity.
- Ripe black and blue berry fruit supported by stylish French oak. On the palate, classic plush fruit is framed by structural tannins delivering drive and length.
2021 QUID PRO QUO Canberra District ‘Dark’ Rosé
Quid Pro Quo are rosé specialists, making gorgeous, hedonistic examples of the style. Bouquet of wild red berries. Palate of dark cherry, spice and a touch of musk. Amazing colour.
- Delicious raspberry lift, with plum and spicy notes adding to the array of aromas. The palate is pretty and brooding, rich and textural with raspberry and plum flavours. Opulent with bright red fruits and generous length.
RRP $70 | Drink to 2030 | wellandwines.com
Winemaker James Scarcebrook says: "This wine is absolutely best enjoyed with white fish like steamed cod or scallops – paired with lemon, a slightly creamy sauce, or pasta."
RRP $33 | Drink to 2025 | vinointrepido.com
Winemaker Belinda van Eyssen says: "This shiraz pairs well with barbecued meats and tomato or mushroom based dishes – perfect on a cold night in front of a roaring fire."
RRP $60 | Drink to 2030 | the-cutting.com.au
Winemaker Jonathon Thompson says: "This highly versatile wine can be enjoyed with Korean spicy pork belly bulgogi, the bright yellow fruits, mid palate weight and acid will cut through the fat and spice of the pork, refreshing the palate with every taste. Also pairing well with lightly spiced tempura prawns or try an aged spicy goat’s cheese with crispy pear on puffed pastry to get the taste buds buzzing."
RRP $32 | Drink to 2031 | memento-wines.com.au
Winemaker Marty O’Flaherty says: "This wine is an easy-drinking lunchtime classic, very well suited to a variety of Mediterranean fare – from braised oxtail through to seared tuna niçoise and perfectly paired to a roast leg of lamb with plenty of garlic and rosemary."
RRP $30 | Drink to 2024 | preciouslittlewine.com.au
Winemakers Trent Burge and Andrew Cockman say: "A fresh, vibrant wine best shared with friends and paired with roasted chicken, truffle butter and bitter green salad – or BBQ king prawns with dill and lemon butter."
RRP $28 | Drink to 2024 | corrytonburge.com
Winemakers Matthew Pick and Fiona Donald say: "This shiraz is one for the ages – but for current enjoyment, make sure you decant before drinking. Appropriate for a special occasion or Tuesday night dinner as a perfect match with grass-fed rib eye or Yotam Ottolenghi's one tray pasta with harissa bolognese."
RRP $90 | Drink to 2037 | wordplaywines.com.au
Winemaker John Emmerig says: "There are so many ways to enjoy this rosé – it has the depth of character to go with literally everything. Try with Ibérico ham and rockmelon, or any barbecued seafood with avocado salad."
RRP $25 | Drink to 2026 | qpq.com.au
Winemakers Geoff Thompson and Matt Jackman say: "Our 2020 Grenache is derived from the 85+ year old Dry Grown Bush Vines on our McLaren Flat home vineyard. Pair it with delicious food, like a slow-cooked spiced pork belly on a bed of Asian greens"
RRP $28 | Drink to 2030 | groundedcru.com.au
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
Top image credit: Wine Australia