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Top value wines from the 2021 Companion

By Halliday Promotion

16 Sep, 2020

Looking for new release wines that over deliver? Explore these Halliday Value Rosette awarded styles from the most recent edition of Halliday Wine Companion.

    If you've ever gotten your hands on a copy of Halliday Wine Companion, you might have noticed that some wines receive a special 'Value Rosette' next to their rating that looks like this:  – so what does it mean?

    Some years ago, James Halliday created an algorithm to help him calculate a wine's value by looking at both its price and rating, awarding a rosette to those who delivered standout value for money. Here, we've put together a selection of examples that appear in the 2021 edition – they include a range of varietals appropriately fit for spring drinking, and beyond.

  • 2018 Corang Estate Hilltops Shiraz

  • This rich and flavoursome wine shows classic cool-climate shiraz notes of white pepper and aromatic red fruit, combined with a long, well-structured finish.

    Winemaker says: Showing complexity and richness of fruit, this delicious cool-climate shiraz punches well above its weight at the price point. Packed with plum and cherry fruit characters and a hint of chocolate, this medium to full-bodied wine will pair well with rich dishes such as lamb shanks, ratatouille and fine aged cheese. Enjoy in wintertime by the fire, or outdoors with barbecues in the warmer months.

    RRP $25 | Drink to 2026 | 

  • 2019 Highland Heritage Mt Canobolas Vineyard Dry Riesling

  • Pale gold in colour with youthful, green hues. Intense and elegant flavours of smoky citrus, lime and floral varietal characters are balanced with a long, crisp, clean acid finish.

    Winemaker says:  This premium quality Orange wine shows the value of growing cold-climate riesling fruit. It has a youthful, intense palate with varietal floral fruit, a hint of smokiness and lime characteristics with a full middle palate and a touch of alcohol sweetness on the finish. A crisp and sophisticated wine best enjoyed alone or with fine cuisine such as white meat or seafood.

    RRP $28 | Drink to 2029 |

  • 2019 Collector Summer Swarm Fiano

  • Excellent concentration of fruit, more than a little character and all the carry through to the finish you could hope for. It displays flavours of brine, florals, nashi pears and apples – making for a balanced and delicious wine.

    Winemaker says: Fiano is one of the rising stars of the Italian varieties and this wine is the perfect example of variety matched to site, grown on low-yielding vines in the Hilltops wine region just past Canberra. Delicate aromatics, a dry, crisp palate and a finish characterised by savoury freshness and minerality make this a great aperitif – or a beautiful accompaniment to soups, shellfish, fresh cheeses such as buffalo mozzarella and legume dishes.

    RRP $28 | Drink to 2023 |

  • 2016 Cookoothama Darlington Point Cabernet Merlot

  • Fragrant aromas of berry coulis and allspice infused with leafy herbs and dark chocolate. The palate is generous and concentrated, with flavours of blackcurrant and plum, smooth silky tannins and beautifully, integrated oak.

    Winemaker says: This wine is the family’s interpretation of a very drinkable Bordeaux-inspired cabernet blend. This plush wine is created using the best parcels of cabernet and merlot fruit, minimal winemaking intervention and maturation in French oak, featuring ripe fruit, soft tannins & great structure. A versatile style that is the perfect accompaniment either a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb, BBQ lamb backstrap or a curry.

    RRP $16.95 | Drink to 2024 |

  • 2019 Tar&Roses Lewis Riesling

  • Pale golden straw with a lifted bouquet of lemon pith and spring blossoms. A fresh, lively palate of lemon pith and sherbert, fruit sweet and refreshing with a long linear tight acid finish.

    Winemaker says: The Lewis Riesling delivers true riesling character in an accessible, versatile way. Zingy acidity on the palate compliments the fruit characteristics without dominating the delicate varietal aromas and flavours. When paired with foods of similar tartness, fruit flavours of the wine are further enhanced – try it alongside seared scallops with coconut, ginger and lime.

    RRP $24 | Drink to 2025 |

  • 2017 Cookoothama Darlington Point Shiraz

  • Brooding aromas of blood plum and dark chocolate melded with allspice, earth and coffee notes, that lead to a rich, full flavoured palate of berry compote, entwined with earth, mocha and wisp of oak.

    Winemaker says: Stunning dense, inky purple in colour, with aromatics that hark to an elegant cool-climate Shiraz – with a much lower price tag. Flavours of plum and black cherries, entwined with earth, mocha and subtle spiced oak notes makes this a seriously good wine that lends itself to red meat dishes. The spicy overtones also work well with Thai beef salad, tender braised lamb shanks or an eggplant parmigiana.

    RRP $16.95 | Drink to 2024 |

  • 2019 Highland Heritage Mt Canobolas Nikki D Riesling

  • Vibrant light straw with tinges of pale green. Natural balance and harmony in the glass is punctuated by a subtle floral perfume between acidity and sweetness. Intense lime and mineral flavours add great length to the wine.

    Winemaker says: After a very warm, dry and windy spring where dust storms resulted in poor flowering in some varieties, the season was saved by welcome rain between Christmas and New Year. This lower alcohol style entices a second glass and pairs deliciously with spicy foods such as Thai or Indian dishes – or enjoy with seafood for a classic pairing.

    RRP $28 | Drink to 2029 |

    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.

    Top image credit: Wine Australia