The definitive guide to Australian Wines
Every year James Halliday selects his Top 100 wines from the many thousands he samples. Featuring wines of all varieties and at a range of prices, it's an invaluable guide to the very best of Australian wine. The Top 100 also includes an overview of the year in wine, looking at the major trends and the key issues facing grape growers and winemakers.
The Top 100 is first published in The Australian in November and is available on Wine Companion at the same time. Below are all of James' Top 100 wines, dating to 2002.
"Australian wine is in a good place, whether you are a grapegrower, a winemaker, a retailer, a sommelier or, most importantly, a wine drinker," says James Halliday. Selected from more than 1000 submissions, this list celebrates some of the nation’s best red, white and sparkling wines, plus a few of James’ favourite Champagnes.
With a handful of exceptions, only the 244 wineries awarded five red stars in my annual Australian Wine Companion were invited to participate in the table wine and Australian sparkling section. The exceptions were wineries with a track record of producing very good wines sold for $20 or less.
In the end, 1256 table wines, 74 Australian sparkling wines and 75 champagnes were submitted, a grand total of 1405.
I know I’m not going to get much sympathy when I say this year’s selection for the Top 100 was a marathon effort, with a record 1887 wines entered. The 7am to 7pm tasting day went on relentlessly and seemingly endlessly, with a short lunch break and one or two hours between 3pm and 5pm to deal with the mountain of emails and other writing deadlines. I have christened my desk the Bermuda Triangle, where all sorts of letters, email print outs, and other important pieces of paper mysteriously disappear.
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