2019 Halliday Wine Companion Awards by Varietal

1025 chardonnays were tasted for the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion. Of that number, 46 were awarded points of 97 or greater. Examples from regions on both sides of Australia have a strong foothold in this year’s top chardonnays and include Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley, the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills. Margaret River, somewhat unsurprisingly, walks away with this year’s winning chardonnay

 

Exclusive to The Vinorium: 2016 Awakening Single Block A1 Margaret River Chardonnay

98 Points “The soaring intensity and precision of the wine obliterates any comment about the oak. It is one of those uncommon chardonnays that demands you give it time, the more the merrier. Grapefruit is the masthead, but it gathers around it a suite of flavours that keep its energy and drive on track”

£33.95 per bottle

 
 

Exclusive to The Vinorium: 2016 Deep Woods Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay

97 Points “Five gold medals in the second half of '17 will have been added to by the time of publication. Mainly sourced from Wilyabrup, the wine has a special type of phenolic grip (not limited to white wines) that makes the taster incapable of doing anything other than swallow it (bad phenolics have the opposite effect). A special wine, with perfect fruit/oak balance”

£35.95 per bottle

 
 

Exclusive to The Vinorium: 2015 Flowstone Queen of the Earth Margaret River Chardonnay

97 Points “Whole-bunch pressed, fermented in French oak (25% new), mlf, matured for 11 months, occasional stirring, plus a further 30 months in bottle before release. I know of no other Aus maker of chardonnay who holds the wine for 30 months prior to sale. Gleaming straw-green; there are few chardonnays from '15 with the intensity and freshness of this wine It is as fresh as a daisy, and despite its power and concentration, moves with athletic grace across the palate and aftertaste A beautiful chardonnay.
320 dozen made”

ETA November 2018

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By Farr Cote Vineyard GC Chardonnay 2015

97 Points “The very close-planted vineyard adds an extra layer of power and complexity that one expects from the best Farr Chardonnays. The vintage, too, has played a role. This stands tall in the pantheon of top-end Aus chardonnays, planting its own stake in the ground through sheer length.”

£69.95 per bottle

 

While the reputation of sauvignon blanc has experienced somewhat of a battering in recent years, the finer examples demonstrated not only a variety of aroma and flavour, but also structure and texture. Region plays a big part of this. This year’s best sauvignon blanc comes from across Australia with Adelaide Hills, Pemberton, Geelong and Margaret River all represented

 

Exclusive to The Vinorium: 2015 Flowstone Sauvignon Blanc

95 PointsFrom a single vineyard in Karridale, whole berries pressed to old barriques and a 600l demi-muid for 11 months with lees stirring. Green-gold; a barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc that challenges normal beliefs and practises, made possible by the quality of the grapes. It marries honeyed richness and complexity, honey and crystallised grapefruit skin with dancing acidity”

£20.95 per bottle

 

Australia’s pinot noir can easily hold its ground against the French burgundies. There is still much scope for the pinot noir’s growth however. Victoria’s Yarra Valley produced an outstanding vintage, with several examples receiving 98 points (3). Tasmanian pinot noir was also excellent.

 

Exclusive to The Vinorium: 2017 Dr Edge Pinot Noir

97 Points  “MV6, 777 and 115 clones, 60% from the Derwent Valley, 30% East Coast and 10% Tamar Valley. The bouquet is multifaceted, with no single message from the single vineyard group, the palate moving onto another tier, but carries with it the higher-toned red fruits of clone 115 (compared to MV6 last year). It also achieves a lightness of touch without any sacrifice of line or length. This is the serious business of enjoyment, not the science of dissecting small pieces of a large puzzle”.

ETA November 2018

 
 

2015 Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir

97 Points  “Bright, clear crimson; a very complex bouquet with perfumed and alluring fruits, charcuterie and red flowers, reflecting whole berry/whole bunch vinification. Amazing power and length to the palate, the spicy tannins pure class. Wow.”

£50.95 per bottle

 

This category incorporates wines that feature more than 15% of a variety other than cabernet. The strength of these wines speaks to the quality of Australian cabernet, and includes cabernet sauvignon shiraz, cabernet shiraz and cabernet merlot.

 

2014 Hardys 165th Anniversary Edition Cabernet Shiraz

Coming soon and exclusively offered by The Vinorium.

99 Points  “From the best cabernet sauvignon from Frankland River, Margaret River and Coonawarra fused with 100yo shiraz from McLaren Vale's Upper Tintara district, the varieties evenly split. Hand-picked, open-fermented, wild yeast, basket-pressed and aged 18 months in French oak (30% new). A vibrant crimson hue with a core of pristine fruit, although this remains in the savoury spectrum, leads onto a complex palate full of energy, the tannins as fine and strong as silk, outlandishly long finish. A heart-skipping wine, exquisitely detailed and elegant”.

Featuring a painting by
John Olsen

In late 1982, John Olsen one of Australia's greatest artists, was invited by the Director of Hardys Wines, to Reynella and the McLaren Vale to produce some artworks destined to decorate the Hardys winery. John Olsen was inspired to create a series of sketches reflecting the vineyards, winery scenes and the personalities that he encountered along the way. The fame of John Olsen grew over subsequent years and the collection of sketches, still exhibited at the Reynella Winery today, took on more significance.