2020 Halliday Wine Companion released - the reviews are in!

August 13, 2019

2020 Halliday Wine Companion released - the reviews are in!

The James Halliday's 2020 Wine Companion has been released, and we're very pleased to announce that 6 of our wines have been awarded Silver medals.

The Wine Companion is considered the benchmark guide for the Australian wine industry.

We've created a pack of our six Silver award winning wines, but only for a limited time!

Purchase the James Halliday 90+ Point 6 Pack by Monday 26th August 2019 and save $20, with Wine Club members receiving FREE delivery in Australia (excluding the NT)!
No further member discounts apply, online orders only.
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The wines given Silver status - or a points rating of at least 90 - with Halliday tasting notes included, are as follows -

Ballerina Canopy 2017 Durif - 92 points Silver
While a Northeast Victoria stalwart, it is interesting to see a different shade of durif in the cooler Alpine Valleys. This is dense, sure, amped with a plummy chocolate-clad carapace of firm tannins, gritty and mouth pummelling. Yet there is also a pine-anise-menthol coolness to the wine, that proves engaging. Plenty of time in these bones.

Ballerina Canopy 2018 Chardonnay - 91 points Silver
A generously flavoured chardonnay that builds a jigsaw of white fig, melon and stone fruit pieces across a board of nougat, cashew and leesy creaminess. Rich and satisfying.

Limited Release 2018 Fiano - 91 points Silver
Charged with honeysuckle, apple, citrus and nactarine-like flavour. It's no shrinking violet; it's certainly not wishy-washy. There's a gentle creaminess to the texture too and a taut, controlled finish. Handy wine.

High Country 2018 Tempranillo - 91 points Silver
A spurt of dried tobacco tannins, dusty and tactile, define this mid-weighted wine as much as the blueberry and cherry tones. This has an alpine coolness to it and is unlike any domestic tempranillo tasted. A good thing, as they are largely egregious. Savoury, peppery and firm. Complex enough to reach for another glass.

High Country 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 points Silver
Emphasis is on the mid-palate but it still manages to hold its form all the way through the finish. This is a handy red for drinking now; its berried flavours, dusty overtones and clip of sweet oak all work seamlessly and to positive effect. Good to drink.

Ballerina Canopy 2017 Shiraz - 90 points Silver
It's hard to see the fruit for the trees, as is often the case with this wine. Coconut, toast and malt flavours are poured over blackberry and plum. It offers a substantial body of flavour, if no real finesse or style.




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