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James Halliday Wine Companion Results

James Halliday Wine Companion Results

 

The James Halliday Wine Companion 2021 results are in and we're excited to share our achievements with you. 

In a year of changes, challenges, and new normals, it’s comforting to know some things remain as reliable as ever. The release of the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion on 5 August is as exciting as it always is and Handpicked once again received a string of gold medals and high scores for multiple wines.

We retained our 5 Red Star rating for the fifth year in a row, putting us in the top 4% of Australian wineries, or as James Halliday himself says, “Truly the best of the best”.

 

 

The 2021 James Halliday Scores

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2018 Capella Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir - 97 Gold

A red wine sibling to the majestic Capella Chardonnay, this is a thickly curbed pinot, with a strong band of structural integrity: impeccable oak handling, bunch, cool climate acidity and fibrous tannins. The red fruit allusions are tucked in, restrained, discreet. They will come to the fore. This is highly impressive, shying away from the medicinal sweetness of so many Aussie pinots thanks to the tannic bind.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020

2017 Highbow Hill Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay - 96 Gold

This is mid-weight and tightly furled, with flinty mineral crunch welded to classy oak, proving the structural enforcement. A workout in the glass reveals some stone fruit and leesy accents, but it is the kinetic energy and palate-staining length suggesting a very bright further for this cuvee.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020 2017

2018 Capella Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay - 96 Gold

This is an impressive contemporary expression of domestic chardonnay: a conflation of Chablis-like flint and toasted hazelnut, curd and stone fruits flowing effortlessly and long across a thread of juicy acidity and mineral tension. Burgundian. All augurs for a long future. A stamp of authority for this producer.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020 

2017 Highbow Hill Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir - 95 Gold

A light ruby, beaming vivid aromas of strawberry, mulch, Asian spice, red and black cherry and sarsaparilla. Loads of flavour. Rich, even, but far from a loosely knit wine. There is an undercarriage of well massaged tannins across grape, stem and oak, corralling it all into a sheath of sapid intensity and full barrelled length. Very good.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020

2018 Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir - 95 Gold

Fecund strawberry notes careen along gently fibrous tannins, expansive and spindly. Acidity, palpably natural. Lovely structure and density to this. Light years ahead of the Yarra Collection. A richly tapestried pinot.

James Halliday - Published 01 August 2020 

2018 Wombat Creek Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay - 94 Silver

"This is a discreet chardonnay revealing white fig, melon and gentle vanilla pod oak tones melded to leesy nougatine and oatmeal scents, unfolding with a brisk workout in the glass. Classy cool climate chardonnay, Boding well for a bright future.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020

2019 Collection Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay - 94 Silver

"A seamless chardonnay exuding scents of white peach, cream of cashew to nougatine, fig and truffled curd. The seams of oak guide the billow of flavour, while a thread of juicy maritime acidity tows it all long. Loosely knit, but still focused.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020

 2018 Collection Tasmania Pinot Noir - 93 Silver

Smoky cherry scents. Fresh, really vibrant acidity and a gentle burr of tannin that expands nicely in the glass from a demur starting point. This is quintessentially cool climate pinot.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020

2018 Wombat Creek Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir - 93 Silver

The first impression is one of whole-cluster: twiggy mezcal scents to Indian spice. Candied orange rind, red berry tang and chutney flavours, all. The finish is long, pocked with spiky tannic accents and spice. This will resolve itself with patience, although a little shins and elbows now.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020 

2018 Collection Yarra Valley Chardonnay - 93 Silver/strong>

A fine estate expression. Certainly looser in the mouth than the single site wines, this is nonetheless quintessentially cool of aura: a crunchy mineral pungency and a gentle thrum of acidity keep it all on the straight and narrow across melon, fig, quince and a deft fleck of matchstick tension.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020 

2014 Collection Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 Silver

Some bottle aged complexity confers a stewed characteristic to the fruit and tertiary echoes: currant and mulch. The tannins are a bit stringy-astringent. Green bean. Best drunk on the earlier side.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020 

2018 Collection Barossa Valley Grenache - 92 Silver

Violet and molten raspberry to cherry bonbon scents. I like this Grenache for its fully flared density, as opposed to the tutti-frutti lolly water scents and soft frame of so many. It could do with a bit more grip, but fine drunk on the cooler side.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020

2019 Trial Batch Nebbiolo Rosé - 92 Silver

For me, the finest roses in the country are hewn of this northern Italian variety: a spindle of edgy tannin and frisky acidity, capable of curtailing Australia's unavoidable onslaught of fruit. A gentle salmon hue, in this case. Musk stick, slate, sour cherry and cumquat. lightweighted and thirst-slaking.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020 

2016 Collection Yarra Valley Pinot Noir - 92 Silver

Spearmint, piercing notes of cassis and well applied vanilla pod oak melded to dried sage tannins, all do the trick. Highly regional.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020 

2017 Regional Selections Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 Silver

Spearmint, piercing notes of cassis and well applied vanilla pod oak melded to dried sage tannins, all do the trick. Highly regional.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020

2018 Collection Yarra Valley Pinot Noir - 91 Silver

Stewed strawberry, a medicinal whiff, orange zest and forest floor scents equate to benchmark estate pinot. Fresh enough, but a loose grip allows for imminent drinkability.

Ned Goodwin - Published 01 August 2020

2017 Regional Selections Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 Silver

An easy to enjoy style with a pleasant palate, food of all kinds no issue. You have to wonder whether slightly earlier picking (higher natural titratable acidity) would have made a better wine at no additional cost.

James Halliday - Published 01 August 2020

2018 Regional Selections Yarra Valley Chardonnay - 90 Silver

A strident, mid-weighted and wholly savoury wine, with pillows of currant, mint and leaf drawn across lithe green bean tannins, loosely shaped for medium term drinking.

James Halliday - Published 01 August 2020

 

To sample the wines for yourself stop by the Sydney Cellar Door or order online. You can also find us at select bottle shops, bars and restaurants across Australia. Send us an email to find out where!

  

JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2020

2017 Wombat Creek Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay | 96 Gold

Collection Tasmania Pinot Noir | 96 Gold

Capella Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir | 96 Gold

2017 Wombat Creek Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir | 95 Gold

2017 Collection Yarra Valley Pinot Noir | 95 Gold

2017 Collection Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay | 95 Gold

2017 Barossa Valley Grenache | 95 Gold

2017 Capella Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay | 94 Silver

2016 Regional Selections Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon | 94 Silver

2017 Collection Barossa Valley Shiraz | 94 points

2017 Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir | 93 Silver

2016 Regional Selections Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon | 93 Silver

2017 Regional Selections Yarra Valley Chardonnay | 92 Silver

2016 Collection Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay | 92 Silver

2017 Regional Selections Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir - 90 Silver

  

JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2019

2016 Chardonnay 'single vineyard' Wombat Creek | Yarra Valley - 96 Points

2016 Pinot Noir 'single vineyard' Capella | Mornington Peninsula - 96 Points 

2013 Shiraz NO.1 Numbered Series - 96 Points

2016 Pinot Noir 'single vineyard' Wombat Creek | Yarra Valley - 95 Points

2016 Grenache Collection Barossa Valley - 95 Points 

2016 Chardonnay Regional Selections Yarra Valley - 94 points

2016 Chardonnay 'single vineyard' Capella | Mornington Peninsula - 95 Points 

2016 Shiraz Collection Barossa Valley - 94 Points 

 

JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2018

2015 Single Vineyard Chardonnay | Mornington Peninsula - 97 points 

2015 Collection Chardonnay | Mornington Peninsula - 94 points

2015 Collection Pinot Noir | Mornington Peninsula - 94 points

2016 Regional Selections Pinot Noir | Mornington Peninsula - 94 points

2015 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir | Yarra Valley - 96 points 

2014 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon | Yarra Valley - 95 points

2016 Regional Selections Rosé | Yarra Valley - 95 points 

2015 Single Vineyard Chardonnay | Yarra Valley - 95 Points

2015 Collection Chardonnay | Yarra Valley- 95 points 

2014 Handpicked Collection Shiraz | Barossa Valley - 95 points

2015 Handpicked Collection Pinot | Tasmania - 95 points

 


HOW DOES THE JAMES HALLIDAY POINT SYSTEM WORK?

Generally, the most accurate method of judging a selection of wines is through a blind tasting and a 100 point rating system. Wines begin with a solid total of 100 points, with points removed for faults or shortcomings in components such as clarity and colour, the nose/bouquet and ultimately the palate. A blind tasting of these wines ensures that James Halliday cannot show bias to any wines, and all submissions are considered fairly. To any wine enthusiast, this might sound like the greatest job ever, however, Halliday can taste up to 7000 wines in the lead up to the release of the Wine Companion. It is actually quite a gruelling task!

Wines rating a score of 90 points or above are considered to be Highly Recommended, Outstanding, and Exceptional depending on the bracket. These wines would also be likely to win a Gold or Silver medal at any reputable wine show.

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