The definitive guide to Australian Wines
Each week James Halliday selects a standout wine from his recent tastings.
A best barrels of vintage selection made in Meerea Park's 20th vintage. Don't pay any attention to the light, developed colour, because the wine is elegant, finely structured and with the infinitely complex and unique aromas and flavours of shiraz entering what will be a long plateau of perfection. It is earthy, spicy, and has purple (plum) and black (blackberry) fruits and savoury tannins. If you decant the wine 2 hours before serving, you won't have to work hard to find them, they will immediately find every corner of your mouth.
Visit the Meerea Park winery page
Posted on 23/03/2018
Still pale straw-green; while still very youthful, has heart-stopping power, drive and intensity on the palate, where all things lemon embed themselves in the sherbet/mineral acidity. This has decades rather than years in front of it.
Visit the Drayton's Family Wines winery page
Posted on 16/03/2018
I'm guilty of not including the Grampians as a high quality regional producer of riesling in Australia-wide comparisons. The perfumed bouquet of lime and apple blossom leads into a long, mouthwatering burst of lime/lemon, crisp acidity the icing on the cake.
Visit the A.T. Richardson Wines winery page
Posted on 09/03/2018
From a dry-grown vineyard at 500m in Penwortham, open-fermented for 10 days, matured in French oak (30% new) for 12 months, named after the hungry sheep that roam the vineyard in the winter months. Sussex Squire really nailed this wine, getting the picking date at the right moment, and making no mistakes in either vinification or maturation. Its full-flavoured yet fresh, with no cooked fruit characters whatsoever. The new French oak has been absorbed, leaving the finish clear and bright.
Visit the Sussex Squire winery page
Posted on 02/03/2018
A distinguished medium-bodied cabernet that fully deserved its gold medal at the James Halliday Cabernet Challenge ’16, silver medal at the Decanter World Awards ’17 and a gold medal at the Margaret River Wine Show. It is elegant, fresh and has pure cassis/blackcurrant fruit, with nigh-on perfect cabernet tannins – there but not obstreperous – and integrated oak.
Visit the Coward & Black Vineyards winery page
Posted on 23/02/2018
Exceptional, deep crimson-purple; a high quality example of a wine with a distinguished lineage, to this day lying outside the norm for Mount Benson with the depth and intensity of its cassis/black olive fruit and firm, but integrated, tannins.
Visit the Dorrien Estate winery page
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