The Halliday 2019 Wine Companion was released last night with the usual intensity of excitement and curiosity, followed by proud announcements from all wineries in receipt of the highly coveted accolades.
In Western Australia, whilst a disproportionately high number are rated 5 ‘red’ stars and 90+ ratings, there were several awards worthy of special mentions:
‘Wine of the Year’ was awarded to Porongurup winery Duke’s Vineyard ‘Magpie Hill’ Reserve Riesling 2017 (99 points). This is the first time that the award has been given to a white wine and is testament to the quality of Riesling from mature vineyards in the Great Southern region.
‘Winemaker of the Year’ went to Julian Langworthy from Deep Woods Estate in Margaret River, who has consistently produced award winning wines for the Deep Woods portfolio, including a Jimmy Watson win in 2016.
Langworthy said, “I’m super excited to be recognized as Halliday’s Winemaker of the year! It is of course a team effort to make great wines and we are continually assisted in making them by the amazing place we live and call home – W.A.”
Best Chardonnay went to Denmark’s Singlefile Wines for their 2015 The Vivienne Denmark Chardonnay (98pts).
Best Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year went to Cullen Wines 2015 Vanya Wilyabrup Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, which scored 99 points.
Best Semillon Sauvignon Blanc went to Stella Bella for their 2015 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.
Halliday’s Wine Companion is now available through bookshops and newsagents or direct from Hardie Grant Publishers.