Anointing just one Wine of the Year from the 9129 wines tasted for this edition was no trivial task. This year, the complexity of the challenge was compounded to an all new level by bringing the full tasting panel in on the final decision. Every standout wine of every style from every taster was on the table to be tasted, rigorously discussed and voted upon. The winner of each category was then in the running for Wine of the Year.
Lining up 17 winners (19, in fact, with three winners of Chardonnay of the Year inseparable even on a second vote) in one taste-off to single out one winner would have proven insurmountable. The collaborative decision was thus made on the fly to first vote on our top sparkling, our top white and our top red wine. And so were born the inaugural Halliday Wine Companion Sparkling Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Red Wine of the Year. Discover our finalists – each winners in their varietal categories – below: