James Halliday's 2018 Wine Companion has just been released, with Gapsted Wines scoring a superb four-star winery rating, the fifth year running the Alpine Valleys-based organisation has been ranked that high.
The Wine Companion is considered the benchmark guide for the Australian wine industry, with this year’s edition including full tasting notes for 3,859 wines, and 1.237 winery profiles, from across the country.
A four-star winery is, according to Wine Companion, one that's a "Very good producer of wines with class and character. Will have two (or more) wines rated at 90 points and above (or possibly one at 95 and above)."
Just 11.9% of Australian wineries made this grade in 2018.
According to Gapsted Wines' CEO and Chief Winemaker Matt Fawcett, the ranking reaffirms Gapsted Wines' commitment to delivering consistent quality across its full portfolio of wines.
"All of the team here at Gapsted Wines are proud and thrilled that the hard work and commitment to wine quality is being continually recognised," he added.
In the 2018 Wine Companion, the wines that ranked highest were as follows (note some of these wines were reviewed in December 2016):
Valley Selection Pinot Gris 2016
10% barrel-fermented. A more than usually intense palate, intensity translating into length, making the price grand larceny. Another arrow in the quiver of mature pinot gris vines grown in appropriate climates.
Limited Release Fiano 2016
Fiano strikes again, 10% Petit Manseng making the wines a unique blend, but not having the textural drive of Fiano, which has deliciously edgy/savoury/sour lemon zest notes that positively sing.
Limited Release Saperavi 2014
89% Saperavi, 11% Shiraz fermented separately with cultured yeast, 7 days on skins, matured in used American oak for 23 months. The colour not quite as dense as might be expected perhaps the shiraz and 23 months in oak are part of the picture. The wine itself is attractive with medium to full bodied black fruits that have a raw juicy appeal. A killer for wine options games.
Ballerina Canopy Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
From the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and the King Valley, matured in French and American oak for 17 months. The wine has clear medium bodied varietal expression, clever use of oak and soft tannins all adding up to easygoing drinkability.
Gapsted Platinum and Gold Wine Club members - stay tuned for a very special offer involving these wines.