James Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2023: Best Australian Wines

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If you know the Australian wine world, you’ll know that the annual James Halliday Wine Companion Awards are big business. This year, more than 8,000 wines and 50 new wineries were blind-tasted by founder James Halliday and a handful of other wine professionals, and 26 drops were recognized in the James Halliday Wine Companion Awards for 2023. .

Most notably, it was announced this year that Reisling is arguably Australia’s most economical grape variety, and Perth Hills – one of Australia’s oldest wine regions – won a prize for its $50 Shiraz. . Do you still take notes?

If you want to know the full list of winners of the 2023 James Halliday Wine Companion Awards, so you can brag to your friends about your wine knowledge, we’ve listed them below.

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2023 Major James Halliday Award Winners

  • Cellar of the year – Pooley Wines, Tasmania
  • Winemaker of the year – Glenn Goodall, Xanadu Wines, Margaret River, WA
  • winemaker of the year – Tom Carson, Serrat, Yarra Valley, VIC
  • Best New Winery – Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA
  • Dark Horse Vineyard – LAS Vino, Margaret River, WA
  • Vineyard at the best value for money – Deeps Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA
  • Wine of the year – Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western – 96 points

2023 grape varieties winners

  • Sparkling White of the Year – Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 Orange – 97 points
  • Sparkling Red of the Year – Teusner MC Sparkling Shiraz 2017 Barossa Valley – 95 points
  • Sparkling rosé from Year – Pipers Brook Vineyard Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2017 Tasmania – 96 points
  • rosé of the year – Spinifex Luxury 2021 Barossa – 93 points
  • Sauvignon blanc of the year – Flowstone Wines Queen of the Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Margaret River – 96 points
  • Other whites (and blends) of the year – Briar Ridge Vineyard Albariño 2021 Hunter Valley – 95 points
  • Semillon of the year – Brokenwood Sunshine Vineyard Sémillon 2014 Hunter Valley – 97 points
  • Riesling of the Year (two winners) – Henschke Julius Riesling 2021 Eden Valley – 98 points, Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western – 96 points
  • Chardonnay of the year – Stella Bella Wines Luminosa Chardonnay 2020 Margaret River – 98 points
  • Pinot noir of the year – Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania – 96 points
  • Grenache (and Blends) of the Year – Chalk Hill Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache 2020 McLaren Vale – 98 points
  • Other reds (and blends) of the year – Koomilya Cabernet Touriga 2018 McLaren Vale – 97 points
  • Shiraz of the year – Battles Wine Granitis Shiraz 2020 Perth Hills – 96 points
  • Cabernet Shiraz of the Year – Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2020 McLaren Vale – 97 points
  • Cabernet Sauvignon of the year – Bleasdale Vineyards The Iron Duke Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Langhorne Creek – 98 points
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (and family) of the year – Mount Mary Quintet 2020 Yarra Valley – 98 points
  • Sweet wine of the year – Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling 2019 Victoria – 95 points
  • Fortified wine of the year – Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny 1922 Barossa Valley – 100 points

If you want to continue your journey of wine appreciation, you can get your hands on the Halliday Wine Companion starting August 5.

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