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Darrin Gaffy of Principia Wines, Halliday Wine Awards

Darrin Gaffy of Principia Wines, Halliday Wine Awards [©Principia Wines]

Scott Ireland & Sam Vogel of Provenance Wines, Halliday Wine Awards
Dylan McMahon of Seville Estate, Halliday Wine Awards
Duke and Hilde Ranson of Dukes Vineyard, Halliday Wine Awards
Jonathan Hughes & Matthew Hughes of Mewstone Wines, Halliday Wine Awards


Leading wine critic James Halliday AM crowned the winners of the Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2019 at a ceremony held on the 1st August at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

The winners were chosen as the very best from the latest and most definitive guide to Australian wine, the Halliday Wine Companion 2019, which officially launched on the 2nd August.

The six major award winners are:

  • Winery of the Year: Seville Estate, Yarra Valley, VIC. Presented by Wine Australia.
  • Wine of the Year: 2017 Duke’s Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling, Great Southern, WA. 99 pts Presented by Vintec
  • Winemaker of the Year: Julian Langworthy, Deep Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA. Presented by Qantas Wine.
  • Best Value Winery of the Year: Provenance Wines, Geelong, VIC
  • Best New Winery: Mewstone Wines, Tasmania. Presented by The Australian Wine.
  • Dark Horse Winery of the Year: Principia, Mornington Peninsula, VIC. Presented by Ozpak.

The 10 varietal winners:

  • Sparkling: 2006 House of Arras Rose TAS 97 pts
  • Riesling: 2017 Duke’s Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling WA 99 pts
  • Semillon: 2010 Mount View Estate Museum Release Flagship Hunter Valley Semillon NSW 97 pts
  • Chardonnay: 2015 Singlefile The Vivienne Denmark Chardonnay WA 98 pts
  • Sauvignon blanc: 2017 Michael Hall Piccadilly Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc SA 97 pts
  • Pinot Noir: 2017 Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir VIC 99 pts
  • Other reds: 2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard High Sands McLaren Vale Grenache SA 98 pts
  • Shiraz: 2015 Seville Estate Dr McMahon Yarra Valley Shiraz VIC 99 pts
  • Cabernet sauvignon: 2015 Cullen Vanya Wilyabrup Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon WA 99 pts
  • Fortified: 1918 Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Liqueur SA 100 pts

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.”

The awards are based on the results produced after months of tasting by James and his expert tasting panel – Campbell Mattinson, David Bicknell, Jane Faulkner, Ned Goodwin and Steven Creber.

More than 9280 wines were tasted for this edition, with full tasting notes for 3864 wines, ratings, drink-to dates and prices for a further 2906 wines provided by 1216 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. A massive amount of information comes from the database extracts which can easily be tracked online or via the Companion itself.

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.

Halliday Wine Companion 2019 is published by Hardie Grant, available nationwide, RRP A$39.99

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