In an age in which everything new is cool (varieties, regions, producers, techniques), it remains that Australia’s top-performing variety is good ol’ shiraz and its only close contender is chardonnay. The diversity of Australian shiraz has never been more profound, and our best-of list spans five states and 13 regions.
From the cool reaches of Porongurup and Canberra to the might of the Barossa and McLaren Vale, we never cease to be in awe of the remarkable dexterity of this chameleon variety across this vast continent. It was three of the more elegant styles that separated themselves from the pack of 15 hopefuls in our final Awards judging: Mount Pleasant, Tyrrell’s and Yarra Yering, with Tyrrell’s claiming a worthy first place for the Hunter Valley in the final vote.
Find out more about shiraz in our essential guide.
"An apotheosis of Hunter savouriness and a lightness of touch of yore. Truly ethereal. Fragrant, with mottled blue-fruit allusions, lilac, nori and chinotto. Clove, pepper grind and cardamom lace the finish. Yet frankly, words are a waste. The texture, the totem. Detailed tannins of immaculate precision. An airy grace. Elegance personified." – Ned Goodwin MW
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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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