Crammed with dark berries and sweet American oak, the vanilla bean palate lifted by sweet alcohol too. There’s a cascade of flavours here that mark it as the top tier in Vic Shiraz. The Best Australian Wine - The 2020 Reverse Wine Snob Picks. I’d share a bottle. Lots of layers here, cherry fruit, riper coffee oak, even slightly riper edges before a dark bitter finish. Fun! 17.7/20, 92/100. Best drinking: Now to fifteen years easy. The James Halliday Top 100 list includes an overview of the year in wine, looking at the major trends and the key issues facing grape-growers and winemakers. Really. From 20yo dry grown vines – which is young for Galafrey, given that the Tyrer family vineyard is now approaching 45 years old. James Halliday and his tasting panel spend months tasting the thousands of wines submitted from wineries all across Australia, and awarding each bottle a score out of 100. Then 15+ years easy. 17.7/20, 92/100. Best drinking: I’d wait 2-3 years and then drink over at least fifteen. Reminds me of a cross between a Seppelt port and one of Chris Ringland’s Three Rivers reds. In 2020 I’ll be drinking more wine from women winemakers and women owned wineries. Lots of flavour, as usual. The Best Australian Wine of 2020: Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018. Would I buy it? The step up from the Little Book and a big Barossa Shiraz. Exactly as you’d expected. 25% whole bunches in the mix and matured in 30% new oak, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. But hey, this will turn heads and flashy as fuck. It’s a finessed and quite medium-bodied modern Taltarni red. Best drinking: now to fifteen years, if the tannins don’t dry things out too much. Overt oak, overt fruit, overt alcohol. Itâs juicier, brighter, prettier but turns dried on the finish. 17.5/20, 91/100. In addition, the supermarket stocks wines from producers such as Louis Jadot in Burgundy, Bodegas Fabre and in Argentina and Tim Adams and Vasse Felix in Australia. That plush oak integrates into ripe fruit, the palate smooth, ripe and knit before a round and warm finish. South Australia’s Barossa Valley is home to some of the oldest shiraz vines in the country and produces excellent examples, as seen below with the two of the leading wines coming from the region. Yes. Would I buy it? Too bitter, maybe. Lucky that they still have wines like this in the shed. No. 18.5/20, 94/100. Would I buy it? Thick and dark red berries (McLaren Vale) meets lighter blackberries and peppery bitterness (Hills). Small Gully Wines revolves around a vineyard at Marananga in the western Barossa. Nothing out of place, just pulsating McLaren Vale Shiraz with a surprising balance. More depth than some vintages too. 17.7/20, 92/100. 18.5/20, 94/100. A glass. Very Hunter Valley, if in a chunkier mode, and has the legs to be a long-lived style. There’s this textural width here, with a certain silkiness too, the tannins grainy, the oak a lightly toasty companion piece. It’s like stepping back in time to 1998! I can’t fault the generosity and conviction. 13.5%, $35. The only question is whether it’s a better wine than the Dalwood Shiraz. By Katherine Scott | 5 months ago. Another win for Bryan Currie. Best drinking: wait. Quality-wise they’re on a similar plane, but very different personalities. Best drinking: now to fifteen years. Luscious wine, very much in the riper, southern Vale mode rather than Blewitt Springs. 16.3%, $130. Would I buy it? Your email address will not be published. 18/20, 93/100. Best drinking: now to many years. Hallowed earth. ‘We select individual barrels which showcase the characters of the ironstone’ says the little quote. I’d share a bottle. The slight desiccation on the finish is my only quibble. Would I buy it? I can’t fault much here, it just flows and feels lively, yet satisfyingly generous at every point. 14%, $27. No alarms, but such an easy wine to appreciate. 18.5/20, 94/100. This is magnificent McLaren Vale Shiraz and a glorious Jackson Family contrast to the Hickinbotham Cabernet. Yes. Gundog goes to the Moppity Vineyard. Idiosyncratic Barossan Shiraz. Well worth a bottle. Big impact. Would I buy it? You could keep it longer but hey why wait. Best drinking: now and twenty years easy. Lavish too. 17.7/20, 92/100. Don’t get me wrong, the palate is still drenched with vibrant purple fruit but it never gets heavy, just vibrant and well sorted. Pencil shavings. 13.5%, $200. Best drinking: now to maybe eight years for a start. And Hunter-ness. Not quite up to the same tier as the very well priced Pirathon Silver, but a bargain Barossa red. Bright red ruby, it captures the energy and liveliness of Hunter Shiraz in a warm and even vintage. Red fruit. The reds on test were quite varied, from the gentle and sweet to the rich, ripe and oaky. Not bad wine in any circumstance, however, just a step behind the other glorious ’17 Balgownie reds. Not quite great – it’s a little jubey to be sublime and the tannins do stick out. 14.5%, $20. Elegance Vale Shiraz? 17.7/20, 92/100. Lovely red fruit, but less warmth would be better to nail the balance. If that's not quite in your alcohol budget, this $7 shiraz is one of the best in the country. Spends 10 months on older oak. I’d share a bottle. They can be complex and spicy, elegant and floral or even just juicy and smashable; their versatility makes them one of the best Australian red wines you can buy. 17.7/20, 92/100+. Easy to see the intensity here, and it’s built for the long haul though it feels a bit OTT for the moment. Did I mention the chocolate and mint? Alan Varney explains that ‘I like to use fruit from these two regions for the heady aromatics and spicy notes which he cooler sites lendâ. I don’t notice the alcohol until the last flavour, the palate oak smoothed and very ripe. There is a whole bunch spice on the nose which is a direct contrast to the mid palate fruit and fine vanilla oak seam. Shiraz is Australia’s best known and most widely planted variety; Grown in virtually every wine region in Australia; Shiraz is relatively adaptable and can be grown in moderate to cool regions as well as warm areas; Regions. Tony, what’s different here?. Best drinking: now to at least ten years. 17.5/20, 91/100. Best drinking: now to ten years plus. It’s bold. From our nation’s capital back to the Hunter Valley and another Gundog headnodder. Woah. It’s a rather dark and ripe Hunter red this, pitching more into dark berry fruit rather than something bright and berried (like, say, the Tyrrell’s Old Patch). A blend of Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale fruit for this. It’s hearty, meaty, forward and recognisable largely as Shiraz rather than something more complex. I can admire the impact and length here for sure. Shiraz, what else is there to know about Australian wine, right? But that generosity, that western Barossan blackness makes it a keeper. 18.5/20, 94/100. Classically oaky. There is a withering blackness here though that marks a wine of real depth, the layers of fruit a nod to a long future ahead. Best drinking: now to twenty years. A glass or two. Shiraz Day Highlight: Yangarra Kings Wood Shiraz…, The Top 10 Shiraz tasted this August 2018 - feat.…, Yangarra goes even higher: Four outstanding super…. There’s a mushroomy savouriness, a difficult-to-pin- down mid palate x-factor layer that takes this from ‘appealing’ to ‘eye-catching’. 13.2%, $32. The top dog Pikes Shiraz and it’s THICK. 17.7/20, 92/100. The best luxury Christmas crackers for 2020 We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. Wrattonbully Shiraz from the family vineyard near Joanna. I spotted it for $36 in retail land. Ferns and some sort of smoky spice on the nose – cool clime Shiraz ahoy! Needless to say, I discovered wine, and my life evolved with a unique dual focus - wine and environment.Twenty years later and I spend my days wearing many (wine) hats, mostly as a writer, presenter and marketer. Mid weight, the palate generous with its red fruit but not overt, the flavours amiable and the style really quite appealing. Best drinking: now to at least fifteen years. Really lush fruit. The Top 100 is first published in The Australian in November and is available on Wine Companion at the same time. Spends 24 days on skins with 20% whole bunches, then matured in 20% new oak for 12 months. This year, an astonishing 8775 wines were tasted, with the winners announced on the evening of the awards, and published in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion , released the following day. As the name suggests, this includes some whole bunches, which I think give this Shiraz more. Solid, regardless. Bass River Estate. Cote Rotie take? More than that, this is the latest in a line of Balgownie evolutions (take a bow Tony Winspear). Best drinking: 12 months will be welcome. A plump, just-bottled, sweet oak and sweet-fruited style of Barrosan red with instant appeal. December 16, 2020 After such a shit year, surely it’s time you spoilt yourself this Christmas? Would I buy it? Would I buy it? Your email address will not be published. I just couldn’t finish more than a glass. Barossa Valley Best of Region: Casella Family Brands, 2018 Peter Lehmann Wines Masters Mentor Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 points 19/20, 96/100. But how do you drink more than a few glasses? As the name suggests, these are the Top 20 Shiraz of August 2020. 17.7/20, 92/100. The range review has seen a renewed focus on interesting parcels at the lower-premium end, some strong additions to the own-label Definition range, and some classic wines that had been lost … 13.5%, $35. Gundog goes to the Moppity Vineyard. I would tend to drink earlier rather than later myself but this style of understated Yarra Shiraz/Syrah doesn’t typically fall over in a hurry. Best drinking: now to ten plus years. It’s an odd, expensive wine though – I can’t get my head around where it’s meant to sit. Photograph: svetikd/Getty Images. 14.3%, $65. But underneath its a surprise packet. Port! 14.2%, $42. Good. But it’s not. Much less extraction, much more fragrance, the alcohol not noticeable either with a hint of whole bunch spice for good measure. Lavishly oaked (some American oak?) Best drinking: now to fifteen plus years. The score is a nod to the length, the silk, the surprising palate. Would I buy it? Best drinking: now to fifteen more years. It’s all a bit much. Even some leathery spice, which is welcome for a wine that can look un-regional. magazine. Love the density through the mid palate, though it just tends a bit baked to finish for my tastes. 14%, $28. 17.5/20, 91/100. The Bass River Estate is next to the Bass River’s west bank. Ultra-dense sweet fruit, the alcohol spreading through the finish. Would I buy it? See our top picks from Aldi’s 2020 autumn/winter press tasting below, featuring a super-value Argentinian Shiraz that won Silver at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, a delicious Portuguese red, great-value claret, crisp Greek white and a Champagne complete with gift box that’s perfect for Christmas. I’d share a bottle. From the oldest plantings on the now 50-year-old Bendigo estate, with 1.5% Viognier in the mix. Share a bottle. A new Taltarni era alongside this wine. Would I buy it? Well done. Hunter Valley Shiraz that very much showcases the vintage. Black Magic is a fitting title too – it’s like liquid molasses. Winemaking-wise it 25% whole bunches and included in the wild ferment, the wine spending 15 months in 35% new French oak. More tannins, more mouthfeel, and a longer finish; so… It’s not a bad wine – it’s still appealing, but less would be more, and the closer you look the more the oaky permeates everything. A few glasses, maybe more. Actually, this tastes like cool climate Shiraz, albeit with Pyrenees mint. Why? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Best drinking: now to seven years. Perfectly ripe. I’m a fan. It’s still plush, but itâs more an indication of intent rather than a fault. Meerea Park are one of many Hunter producers to have publically announced they won’t be making much wine out of 2020, which is miserable. Winner. The Best of the Best: 2020 Varietal Winners 2020 Shiraz Varietal Winners There is no wine variety more synonymous with Australia than shiraz. Best drinking: now to fifteen years. And it seems like Australian wine drinks are opting for red over white, with r ed varieties taking up 85 per cent of the list. This is what mod Australian Shiraz is about – ripeness, unmistakable generosity of flavour, but also delivered with a sense of shape and purpose. Would I buy it? 10 great Australian Shiraz buys from just £10… Saint-Joseph 2019: Report and top scoring wines. As ever, the Bremerton flagship Shiraz is big! Deep, oaky, licoricey. Would I buy it? Bright red fruits, … But at 13.5% itâs really quite balanced. The Ironheart still fits the definition of Vale Shiraz and, most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious. Would I buy it? Bright red fruits, rosemary, mint and purple texta. What stops you in your tracks is the price – for $17 this is so much wine, even if it’s not my bag. By contrast, this comes from the Freeman vineyard at Prunevale. A little drying and warm to finish but this has layers and interest. Righto, last Gundog. It could fall over within ten years, or it could live for decades. I’d share a bottle. Saving the best until … Fruit for this comes from the Somerset Vineyard’s 1970 plantings and Tinklerâs â48 block. Needless to say, I discovered wine, and my life evolved with a unique dual focus - wine and environment.Twenty years later and I spend my days wearing many (wine) hats, mostly as a writer, presenter and marketer. 14.5%, $45. It’s so round and easy and smooth, medium bodied, lightly tannic and easy-going, the oak is like caramel sauce, filling in the cracks. 14%, $75. Drying. The Penfolds 2020 collection is available from ... 389 has staked its own claim as a superb Australian red wine, and at 60, this is a “baby” no more. Bottle for the cellar. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! This is more translucent, less muscular, less oak-driven voluptuousness and some welcome spice. 18/20, 93/100. Good, long and mouthfilling, but not quite gold medal balance. Smooth with an autumnal feel, the palate is rich and soft with a creamy, woody frame and a lingering finish. Best Australian Shiraz under £25 to buy this Christmas. Would I buy it? Then 10+ years. 13.5%, $35, would I buy it? Top 10 Best Red Wines in the UK 2020 (Tesco, Waitrose and More) ... A gorgeous example of an Australian Pinot Noir from a cold climate, it's soft and elegant with distinctive cherry notes and a hint of tobacco. But these are the wines I want to talk about. Plump, warm and grainy warm plum fruit in a luscious and sweet-fruited mode. Would I buy it? Oak integration A+ too. If you're looking to buy the best red in Australia, it will set you back anywhere from $700 to $1000. Would I buy it? Gundog’s Canberra wines just get better (and better). Levantine Hill Melissa’s Paddock Syrah 2016. I like the cross regional thinking here. Read more about me here or get in touch to book your next wine event with me here. 14%, $27. Lirac & Tavel 2019: Report and top scoring wines. Mediumness. Tannin driven. Worth a bottle. Would I buy it? 14.5%, $200. I’d go sooner rather than later. Best drinking: over the next ten years. Dark fruit. A glass. 14.5%, $?. Interest high all the same. Would I buy it? 14.5%, $40. A glass. 18.5/20, 94/100. Best drinking: wait until the end of the year and then for the next seven years for a start. 18.5/20, 94/100. $20 of juicy Shiraz well delivered. densely packed style with old school weight and impact. Required fields are marked *. From old vine Grenache to classic Cabernet to some fantastic red blends to surprisingly tasty Riesling to, yes, really good Syrah (or as it's called here Shiraz), Australia has lot to offer across it's varied wine regions. Indeed there is plenty of old school flavour here and it’s quite developed, the flavours heading towards brick dust and Old Gold. Best drinking: now to at least fifteen years. A wine that rusted on Balgownie fans will love perhaps? Would I buy it? Would I buy it? This Shiraz is all Canberran fruit and it’s a flashy beast – a real statement wine. Still well pitched. Your email address will not be published. Pikes. 17/20, 90/100. Misses that scorched Cherry Ripe character I see in Hilltops Shiraz. Would I buy it? 14%, $45. I now judge at wine shows around the world, sit on the Australian Wine List of the Year awards panel and was once a Wine Journalism Young Gun (but baby that was years ago). Interesting, for sure. Savoury. Worth a glass or two. For this lineup I dug deeper into the sample pile, searching – perhaps blindly – for something beyond paint-by-numbers oak/fruit/added tannins in search of wines with charisma. Not wild, just good. It’s plump, purple and juicy, all red glossy berries, deft oak and then mid palate pomp. I’m comparing everything to a high mark, a higher expectation for McLaren Vale reds – when this is ultimately a superb, impactful, highly polished full bodied wine. Would I buy it? There was more Shiraz this month, there always is. Another solid regional release from Pikes. A glass or two. White pepper powder as the first character but itâs not peppery in the rotundone mode. Fun and vibrant, with a solid mid palate of glossy fruit and a sense of lightness. There’s a great story behind this block too. Has a Canberra-esque aromatic profile which you just don’t see in Hilltops Shiraz. Best drinking: now to ten years. 18.5/20, 94/100. Wines Made By Women— Victoria James, Beverage Director at Cote, author, and co-founder of Wine Empowered. From cult California classics to some fancy French favourites… Rasteau, Cairanne & Vinsobres 2019: Report and top scoring wines. In Clare Valley, South Australia is the vineyards of Pikes with their extraordinary selection of … A passing nod to bacon fat and sage, then a modulated palate with fine-grain tannins and no alcohol excess. Best drinking: now until whenever, wherever. A more conventional expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz in context – a wine that lovers of traditional McLaren Vale Shiraz are going to adore. Both regions give a bit here – tangy, proper earthen Hunter Shiraz gives a middle, before glossy, oak-rich, ripe red Canberra fruit kicks in. 14.5%, $75. but it’s not a convincing package just yet. Snappy packaging too. Will be popular. Would I buy it? An excuse to open something even more special? Tasmania's House of Arras has been awarded the sparkling category winner this year, with their 99-point example; they also host three other wines in the top-rated list. 18/20, 93/100. Anyway, this is a Hunter/Canberra blend. Enjoyment is still high. Would I buy it? Deep, porty and black-fruited, the sweet vanilla oak a constant companion and just amping you the palate even more. Worth a bottle. Spends 28 months in French and American oak and it shows – bourbon, chocolate bullets and then drying alcohol warmth. Would I buy it Yes. Sweetwater sits awkwardly in the Hungerford Hill portfolio – I almost feel like it would be better as Hungerford Hill Sweetwater, though Sweetwater is a very different estate (with a grand house on the property too) I digress. Plus sign important as the structure is very sound. Clonakilla is produced by top winemaker John Kirk and his family that only planted their … Such detail. More interest. A glass. Best drinking: hard to say. This has changed remarkably. 14.5%, $60. Possibly the most drinkable Shiraz I’ve had in a long time. A blend of Clare Valley & McLaren Vale Shiraz fruit. Long and intense – which lifts the score – but remains somewhat hobbled by the pursuit of ripeness and oak. Such … Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 14.5%, $75. Mid palate torrents even, but in a profoundly medium weight unforced way. Five outstanding Aussie wines under $25 for 2020. 14%, $32. Plush. No. Bottle 1362/2500. I enjoy this style. I find the finish a bit thin, ultimately. 18/20, 93/100. Gundog Estate Hilltops Shiraz No. Port without the spirit. I was a bit surprised at the shape this vintage. Quintessentially a savoury style, with dark fruit with more meat and rosemary than jubey fruit. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Best drinking: now to eight years. Both wines are McLaren Vale megalords, just different. Easily the best wine in the Jaraman range. 14.5%, $65. 15.9%, $30. 18.5/20, 94/100. Firm and rather substantial wine, ultimately and will be popular for its heartiness. 13.5%, $35. Top 20 best Shiraz of November 2020 December 3, 2020 Fun fact: Shiraz makes up over 25% of all winegrapes crushed in Australia, and South Australia has the largest vineyard area with 76,292ha (Wine Australia figures 19/20). Nothing left behind with the Maverick wines, with this red sourced from a block that was part of the original Pewsey Vale vineyard (read the story here). Australia's godfather of wine James Halliday guides us through this year's value drops. It will keep for decades. Would I buy it? Pure class. Itâs maybe a bit simple to be exceptional, but a good solid drink. 13.5%, $65. I can’t afford those bikkies, but I’ll happily drink it. McLaren Vale Shiraz from Scott Heidrich done well. Black fruited, inky and just a little warm – it’s a big fruit bomb. Best drinking: worth waiting a few years for integration. 2014 Cool and late season after a warm summer.Good ripening gave intense aromatics and flavours. Wednesday marked the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, the veritable Oscars of the Aussie … Shiraz (the same grape as Syrah) is Australia's leading red grape and the wines made from it are often spectacular in both texture and flavor, with huge vivid waves of black pepper, black fruits, exotic spices, cigars, bitter chocolate and boysenberries. Matthew Luczy: My top 10 fine wines of 2020. The Balgownie standard-bearer. What, more Gundog? Best drinking: from now. It was my first year of university, slogging through physics and chemistry, so a liquor shop seemed like fun. 17/20, 90/100. I so look forward to the Levantine Hill wines. Plays the Orange Shiraz vibe well, with slick raspberry fruit in very much a medium bodied, silken, maybe too lean mode. Many premium Australian sparkling wines are regarded as being on par with the finest in the world. From vines planted in 1881, I thought this would be bigger given the dark purpleness but no, the expected extravagance doesn’t come. Not my normally drink, but I admire the style greatly. "For a classic Barossa Shiraz that demonstrates what Australian Shiraz should be, the Penfolds RWT (or bin 798) is a full-bodied powerhouse that is also elegantly balanced," Osborn says. Following closely on the Top 20 Chardonnay comes the Top 20 Shiraz of February 2020. The Lane Vineyard is in the Adelaide Hills region with a wine tasting and dining … Every bottle of these ’18 Gundog reds was a winner in Groundhog Day-esque form (love that movie). The Best of the Best: 2020 Varietal Winners 2020 Sparkling Varietal Winners . 14%, $65. 14.5%, $35. American oak? Drink now to ten years or more. Itâs lithe and a little bony, a wine of acidity and some subtlety, refreshment but not instant gratification. Best drinking: come back in 5 years. 17/20, 90/100. Not unattractive either, the soft, warm, white chocolate oaky palate is certainly inviting. 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