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<i>Halliday Wine Companion 2019</i> By James Halliday

Halliday Wine Companion 2019 By James Halliday [©Hardie-Grant]


The 2019 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion is now available. Recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine, it's always much anticipated by wine-lovers and winemakers alike.

In his inimitable style, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine through detailed tasting notes with points, price, value symbol and advice on best-by drinking, as well as each wine’s closure and alcohol content.

The Halliday Wine Companion Awards have been presented and James Halliday says, “These are exciting times. There is no doubt that, for many reasons, the quality of Australia’s best wines is increasing year-by-year. Sophisticated harvesting machines deliver undamaged berries free from debris, on a par with hand-picking but at a fraction of the cost.

Equally sophisticated equipment in the winery has similar quality/cost outcomes. And the average vine age of varieties such as chardonnay and pinot noir is also growing.”

As always, the Halliday Wine Companion has been fully updated after tasting over 9,280 wines. It includes full tasting notes for 3,864 wines, ratings, drink-to dates and prices for a further 2,906 wines provided by 1,216 wineries (including 67 new wineries).

The book also provides an overview of the Best of the Best wines by variety, and of the best wineries by region, along with Ten 'dark horses' – wineries to watch.

Along with the details of individual wines and wineries, the Companion also gives an overview of varietal styles and regions, vintage reports, geographical indicators and provides an answer to 'Wine and food or food and wine?'

This year also marks an additional celebration with James’ 80th birthday – a remarkable milestone that commemorates his almost 50 years of service within the wine industry

A must have Companion for Australian wine lovers. 

Halliday Wine Companion 2019 by James Halliday AM is published by Hardie Grant (Syd, NSW; Aug 2018; Pb; 776pp) and is available nationwide, RRP A$39.99.

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