With insufficient numbers to warrant their own category this year, sauvignon blanc semillon blends join this category. Method and madness define the vast expanse of diversity in Australia’s other whites and blends as much as a broad spectrum of varietal and regional distinctiveness. With seven different varieties and a dozen approaches on the table, this represented the most diverse and hotly debated category in our Awards judging. With a plethora of new names and techniques at play, it’s fitting that a longstanding champion of the great varieties of Italy should take out the mantle of Other White of the Year.
"This is a superb wine. No two ways about it. Possibly the finest fiano in the country, attesting to the nobility of the variety as much as the promise it shows in the Vale. A monument of mineral pungency, offset by a shimmering veil of tangerine, quince, lemon balm, orange verbena, anise and apricot pith. Ripe. Viscous. Real drive. Phenomenal length. Power, vivacity and weightlessness all at once. Stunning!" – Ned Goodwin WM
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*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.
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