Wine Tasting Guide

Halliday member ratings

By Halliday Wine Companion

Are you a fine-wine connoisseur? Rate, taste and curate your favourites with Halliday Member Ratings.

    Taste, rate, win with Samsonite, Petaluma and Halliday!*

    We are excited to be partnering with Samsonite and Petaluma to offer you the chance to win one of five ultimate weekend getaway packs, containing everything you need for a short stay in your favourite local wine region. 

    Samsonite have always been at the forefront of luggage and backpack innovation. One of their proudest achievements is recyclexTM, a fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, used to make all of their Eco collections, including the Spark Eco Suitcase, included in this prize.

    Petaluma has plantings in the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Coonawarra, and their wines included in this pack express the true style and regionality of each different variety.

    Simply rate a wine from your favourite wine region using Halliday Member Ratings throughout October, and you will go into the draw to win:

    1 x Samsonite Spark Eco 55cm Suitcase, RRP $349

    1 x Samsonite Securipak Laptop Backpack 15.6", RRP $229

    1 x 2019 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling, 92 points

    1 x 2017 Petaluma B&V Vineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz, 95 points

    1 x 2014 Petaluma Evans Vineyard Coonawarra Cabernet Blend, 93 points

    Samsonite, Petaluma Comp

    We have five prize packs to give away, and you can rate wines from as many different regions as you like. We will select the five best tasting notes from the pool of notes at the end of the month as winners.

    Click here to search for a wine from your favourite region, or read more about Halliday Member Ratings below.


  • Taste

  • Look, smell, taste & think - use these four steps to create your tasting notes.

    Inspect the wine under neutral lighting and identify primary, secondary and tertiary aromas.

    How does the wine taste? Is it sweet or dry? Astringent or mouth-drying? Pay attention to the how big the wine is on your palate as well as its length and finish – what makes this wine different to others?

    While a rating may be a general indicator of a wine’s quality, a tasting note is an opportunity to record its flavour and unique characteristics as they present themselves in the glass.

    Petaluma member ratings

  • Rate

Outstanding, exceptional or only acceptable – how does this wine measure up? Wines rating 95 points or above are equivalent to a gold Halliday rating. These wines are of a gold medal or trophy-winning standard, worthy of cellaring and coveting.

Wines of 95-90 points are of great quality, style and character. These are on the cusp of being gold-medal wines and still worthy of a place in any cellar. 90 points and below may still be flavoursome and well-produced, usually ready to drink and not requiring cellaring.

Any wine receiving a rating of 85 and below may be of acceptable, commercial quality but depending on the vintage and variety, may display some minor or major winemaking faults.

    Petaluma member ratings

  • Curate

  • After you finish your rating and tasting note, you’ll notice a blue member-rating roundel under the official Halliday Wine Companion rating. This member-rating is comprised of an average score of ratings submitted for that particular wine.

    You can view and like other member’s tasting notes at the bottom of the page; add the wine to your virtual cellar for safe keeping and a later purchase.

    The more you rate, the more influence you have. Gold tier rating members have the most impact on member scores, so rate regularly to have your voice heard.

    Petaluma member ratings

    Keep track of all your favourite wines in your Halliday Virtual Cellar, or browse new wines to see what other members recommend.

    If you’re new to tasting wine, you can hone your skills with our wine tasting guideget to know wine, find out how to write your own tasting notes, or learn from the master himself with James Halliday’s tasting insights

    Become a Halliday member.

*This offer is only valid for Australian residents over the age of 18. Only valid for Individual Memberships. Staff of Hardie Grant, Halliday Wine Companion, winery or retail partners are ineligible to enter. Entry is a game of skill. The five best reviews will be selected from the reviews provided by a panel. Winner will be drawn on November 1, 2020. Entrants may enter more than once by reviewing different wines. 

The total value of each of the five prizes is $740.97 and consists of:

  • 1 x Samsonite Spark Eco 55cm Suitcase, RRP $349
  • 1 x Samsonite Securipak Laptop Backpack 15.6", RRP $229
  • 1 x 2019 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling, $35.99
  • 1 x 2017 Petaluma B&V Vineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz, $49.99
  • 1 x 2014 Petaluma Evans Vineyard Coonawarra Cabernet Blend, $76.99

If for any reason a winner does not take a prize (or an element of the prize), then the prize (or that element of the prize) will be forfeited. If any prize (or part of any prize) is unavailable, Samsonite Australia, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize (or that part of the prize) with a prize to the equal value and/or specification, subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority. Samsonite Prizes, or any unused portion of a prize, are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash, unless otherwise specified. Samsonite Prizes must be claimed by 1st December 2020. If the winners do not claim within this time, Samsonite Australia reserves the right to select another winner from the remaining eligible entries. Samsonite Australia is not responsible for any fees or add-on expenses not included in the stated prize pack, including but not restricted to fees for accessing websites, stores, etc. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram and/or Facebook.