Leading wine critic, and living legend, James Halliday AM unveiled the winners of the Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2019 (a tad early, but there you go) last night at the National Gallery of Victoria.
The awards are based on the results produced after months of tasting by James and his expert tasting panel, which includes some of the best palates in the land.
The book is on book shelves this morning.
More than 9280 wines were tasted for this edition, published by Hardie Grant, with full tasting notes for 3864 wines, ratings, drink-to dates and prices for a further 2906 wines provided by 1216 wineries (including 67 new wineries).
Brothers Matthew and Jonathan Hughes of Mewstone Vineyard in southern Tasmania took home the award for Best New Winery, while Yarra Valley pioneer Seville Estate was named Winery of the Year in tribute to the great work done by winemaker Dylan McMahon.
The six major award winners are:
Winery of the Year: Seville Estate, Yarra Valley, VIC
Wine of the Year: 2017 Duke's Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling, Great Southern, WA
Winemaker of the Year: Julian Langworthy, Deep Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA
Best Value Winery of the Year: Provenance Wines, Geelong, VIC
Best New Winery: Mewstone Wines, Tasmania
Dark Horse Winery of the Year: Principia Wines, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
The varietal winners were:
Sparkling: 2006 House of Arras Rose TAS (97 points)
Riesling: 2017 Duke's Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling WA (99 points)
Semillon: 2010 Mount View Estate Museum Release Flagship Hunter Valley Semillon NSW (97 points)
Chardonnay: 2015 Singlefile The Vivienne Denmark Chardonnay WA (98 points)
Sauvignon Blanc: 2017 Michael Hall Piccadilly Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc SA (97 points)
Pinot Noir: 2017 Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir VIC (99 points)
Other reds: 2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard High Sands McLaren Vale Grenache SA (98 points)
Shiraz: 2015 Seville Estate Dr McMahon Yarra Valley Shiraz VIC (99 points)
Cabernet Sauvignon: 2015 Cullen Vanya Wilyabrup Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon WA (99 points)
Fortified: 1918 Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Liqueur SA (100 points)