Halliday's Top 100 Wines

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James Halliday is without a doubt Australia's leading wine writer - with many books, articles and awards under his belt, when he writes something, the wine world listens. A few weeks ago he published his yearly Top 100 Wines, so we took our time reviewing and tasting the offerings on the list and came up with our own little compilation of what we think are the best valued wines. All the details below. Enjoy!

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THE WINES

2017 Hoddles Creek Estate Yarra Valley Chardonnay - $20

"This is Wickhams Road's twin playing games with you, for there is that little bit more of every facet of Wickhams Road present in this wine; even its colour is that little bit greener. It's the extra dimension of the faintly reductive aftertaste that draws me back for more." - 95 Points, James Halliday

 

2018 Rieslingfreak No 4 Eden Valley Riesling - $22

"Has all the elegance, and then some, of Eden Valley at its best, in particular its lime/lemon bonded fruit flavours. It's a wine that has had particular attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery, and represents excellent value for money, nudging Rieslingfreak's No. 10 Riesling out of place." - 96 Points, James Halliday

 

2018 Duke's Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling - $38

"Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed. The vineyard is a special site, and Rob Diletti's skills are obvious. The citrus blossom bouquet and unsweetened lime juice flavours of the palate simply won't leave your mouth neutral once you've swallowed it." - 96 Points, James Halliday

 

2017 Hentley Farm Villain & Vixen Barossa Shiraz - $20

"The positive colour and voluminous bouquet of multi-coloured fruits lead into a super-elegant palate brimful with red and black fruits, fine tannins and no hint of the savoury/earthy/green notes of some of the '17 vintage; instead there is a gentle skein of ripe tannins." - 96 Points, James Halliday

 

2016 Paringa Estate Mornington Peninsula Shiraz - $27

"Absolutely classic Paringa, one of the best - if not the best - of the early starters, with full-on cool climate shiraz thrust. Likewise, classic blackberry, blood plum and licorice flavours are supported by fine tannins and subtle oak." - 97 Points, James Halliday

 

2017 Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir - $73 *limited

"Vinified with 40% whole bunches in open fermenters, the parcels spending 15-25 days on skins, matured in French barriques. This is an awesome wine, its bouquet charged with a distilled essence of cherry, strawberry and plum. There's nothing heavy-handed here, just sublime length." - 98 Points, James Halliday

 

2015 Henschke The Wheelwright Vineyard - $128

"Commemorates 150 years of family winemaking, crafted from 50yo vines. It is a vibrantly fresh and aromatic wine, with elegance and finesse its cornerstones as it slips through the net of full-bodied shiraz. Its fruit flavours are as much red as black, and you can sense the tannins but not actually taste them. Sheer beauty." - 97 Points, James Halliday

 

2015 Cullen 'Vanya' Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon - $450

"Wild-fermented in terracotta amphorae for 10 weeks on skins before being pressed to French oak for five months. This is a beautiful, graceful cabernet. Its purity of varietal fruit expression, fruit/oak/tannin balance and length are all exceptional." - 99 Points, James Halliday

 

2007 Bollinger La Grande Année - $159

"Disgorged November '17, 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. 100% barrel fermentation has long been Bollinger practice, and style trademark. The complex bouquet of multi-spice and brioche aromas drape the wine's structure, emphasised by more than eight years on lees and a dosage of 7g/L." - 97 Points, James Halliday

 

 

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