Wine Lists

Spooky wines for Halloween

By Eliza Campbell

29 Oct, 2020

Stock up on these highly-rated spooky wines for October 31.

While the American tradition of Halloween has never been a huge part of our country’s culture, it’s a fun excuse to dress up in costume or binge your favourite horror films. Whether you celebrate or not, the following highly-rated wines come certified by the Halliday Tasting Team and make for a perfect spooky-themed beverage.
Kellermeister Wild Witch Barossa Shiraz
This demonstrates the skill of Mark Pearce as he takes parcels from the powerful northern and vibrant eastern Barossa and silky Eden Valley fruit, employing his typical approach of new and used French oak. It’s intense and deep, but doesn’t threaten as its name might suggest. JH
RRP $85 | Drink to 2056

Gemtree Wines The Phantom Red
Blend Ten. 61% cabernet sauvignon, 39% mataro, whole berries open-fermented, 9 days on skins, primary ferment and maturation for 8 months in 1-2yo French oak. An almost transparent mouthfeel, so fine is the texture. JH
RRP $50 | Drink to 2030

Devil’s Lair Dance with the Devil Margaret River Chardonnay
No question, this is a very smart chardonnay. Partial wild ferment and the use of large-format oak have held a light up to the quality of the wine. Its length and balance are spot on, the pink grapefruit and white peach add another layer to dance with. Exceptional. JH
RRP $25 | Drink to 2028

Vinaceous Wines Voodoo Moon Margaret River Malbec
Hand-picked, open-fermented, basket-pressed, 16 months in French barriques, (25% new). Although there is no obvious reason why, this is far lighter and brighter on its feet than its sibling. JH
RRP $22 | Drink to 2025

Cannibal Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
Hand-picked, fermented in French barriques (30% new), partial mlf. Cannibal Creek has taken advantage of the year, pulling all the right levers at the right time. Elegant stone fruit and apple, plus creamy cashew, good length. JH
RRP $35 | Drink to 2024

Tyrrell’s Wines Lunatiq Heathcote Shiraz
Don’t be fooled, Lunatiq is by virtue of its Heathcote origins ferruginous, corpulent and powerful, oozing cherry ripe flavours across bolshie tannins soused with bitter chocolate, oak vanillas and coffee grind. NG
RRP $40 | Drink to 2025

Killibinbin Scaredy Cat Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Ripe and sweet but the flow of it feels effortless, and the balance is spot on. Factor in the price and we have some pretty keen buying here for lovers of fruit-filled reds on the ‘bigger’ side of things. CM
RRP $19 | Drink to 2025

Wines by Geoff Hardy Pertaringa Scarecrow Adelaide Hills Sauvignon
Machine-harvested at night, 14.5% from 110yo bushvines held by the Hardy family since planted – oldest in the world? Ultra-complex yeast process provides complexity. You get a lot for your money. JH
RRP $22 | Drink to 2024

d’Arenberg The Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz
A fine spread of tannin and lingering length. Resin, stressed herb, alcohol warmth and baked plum flavours form the mainstay of the wine. CM
RRP $76 | Drink to 2028

House of Cards Dead Man’s Hand Margaret River Shiraz
60% whole bunch fermentation, matured in French oak for 14 months. It ticks all the boxes bar one: the jigsaw of the components is yet to all mesh. JH
RRP $26 | Drink to 3038

Delatite Deadman’s Hill Gewurztraminer
A resinous yellow segues to punchy notes of rose water, lychee and orange blossom. Ginger, even. Dutifully fresh, but more importantly, texturally detailed with sound use of oak. Long and eminently satisfying. NG
RRP $28 | Drink to 2024

SC Pannell Dead End McLaren Vale Tempranillo
This captures vibrant, primary flavours of sarsaparilla, juicy red plums, curry leaves and baking spices yet there’s complexity, too. Some meaty reduction, jamon and charry oak lend it to a savoury outlook as do the stealth-like tannins. JF
RRP $28 | Drink to 2028

Giant Steps Harry’s Monster
A blend of cabernet, merlot and petit verdot from the single vineyard planted by Phil Sexton in ’97. It is of a style seldom encountered in the Yarra Valley, rich cassis fruit cut by finely ground tannins on a long palate. JH
RRP $55 | Drink to 2043

Riposte The Dagger Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir
A very well-handled Adelaide Hills pinot, its price reflecting a marketplace that is at present stocked with lots of high-quality wines selling below their true value. So taste now, buy tomorrow. JH
RRP $22 | Drink to 2025

Longview Vineyard Devil’s Elbow Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Always a star performer, Devil’s Elbow is consistently blessed each vintage with energy and life that you can taste. Black and red soused berries, baked earth, leather, warm spice. Reveals some savoury influences, grainy tannins and a touch of rusticity that all adds up. JP
RRP $30 | Drink to 2032

Gaelic Cemetery Premium Clare Valley
An expressive, citrus blossom-filled bouquet and a linear, pure palate with the full array of Clare Valley riesling flavours. It has chalky/talc acidity, built into the fabric of the wine from the outset. JH
RRP $38 | Drink to 2033

Eliza Campbell is a writer and content producer for Halliday Wine Companion.