The much awaited Halliday Wine Companion Awards have been announced for the year 2016. Considered to be one of the best wines awards in Australia as these come from a famed critique and wine maker, Mr James Halliday, the following winemakers, wines and wineries have been the winners this year.
6 Category Awards
Winemaker of the Year - Sarah Crowe from Yarra Yering, Yarra Valley, Victoria
Winery of the Year - Mount Pleasant, New South Wales
Wine of the Year - Best’s Thompson Family Great Western Shiraz 2014
Best Value Winery – Larry Cherubino Wines
Best New Winery - Bondar Wines, McLaren Vale
Dark Horse of the Year – Arlewood Estate, Western Australia (Margaret River)
Awards for 10 Best Varietals
Sparkling Wine: House of Arras Blanc des Blancs 2005, 97 points.
Riesling Wine: Seppelt Drumborg Vineyard Riesling 2015, 98 points.
Semillon Wine: Mount Pleasant Lovedale Hunter Valley Semillon 2009, 98 points.
Chardonnay Wine: Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2013, 98 points.
Sauvignon Blanc Wine: Geoff Weaver Ferus Lenswood Sauvignon Blanc 2014, 97 points.
Pinot Noir Wine: Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir 2014, 98 points.
Other Reds: Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2013, 98 points.
Shiraz Wine: Best's Wines Thomson Family Great Western Shiraz 2014, 99 points.
Cabernet Sauvignon Wine: Yarra Yering Carrodus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 99 points.
Fortified: 1916 Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Liqueur, 100 points.