It has been proven once again that Accolade Wines has the most talented winemaking team in Australia with 52 of our wines receiving a rating of 95 or above in the newly released 2018 Halliday Wine Companion.
Hardys Tintara was also named one of the ‘Best Value Wineries’ this year against tough competition and received positive praise from James Halliday.
“This is a reminder that just because the wines come from a large company with vineyard sources from every state, it is still totally reliant on the skill and commitment of their winemakers, here led by the brilliance of chief winemaker Paul Lapsley. Hardys had more wines scoring 97 and above than any other winery in this year’s Wine Companion; only one (a fortified) did not receive a value rosette,” said Halliday.
Paul Lapsley said these results are a brilliant snapshot and affirmation of how good our wine quality is.
“Our team of super talented viticulturalists and winemakers have worked incredibly hard and their cumulative efforts showcase intense passion and dedication. I can’t think of another wine company in Australia who offers such a diverse and compelling range of wines,” he said.
Tasting almost 10,000 wines for the annual Halliday Wine Companion guide, and whittling those down to a select few award winners, is no mean feat for 77-year-old James Halliday and his small team of expert reviewers.
Halliday noted some trends among the wines from this year’s Halliday Wine Companion guide.
“Fresher and more vibrant wines are the result, and I hope that we’ll see a strengthening of that trend in future vintages. The standout varietal is chardonnay. Whether reduction in oak levels and earlier picking is driven by winemaker conviction or public demand is a good question. I incline to the view that it has been driven by winemakers, but has resonated with many consumers who had turned their back on oaky, buttercup yellow, fat chardonnays.”
All our wineries maintained their star rating from last year; Amberley received 3/4 black stars and every other winery was given 5/5 red stars. The only exception was Knappstein which changed from a 5/5 black stars to 5/5 red stars. This means that overall the wines tasted from the previous two years were of better quality.
Congratulations to all of our talented winemaking teams.
The following wines from Accolade’s portfolio received a rating of 95 or above.
|98||2015||Hardys Eileen Hardy Chardonnay|
|98||NV||Hardys Barrel Selected Rare Liqueur Sauvignon Blanc|
|98||NV||Hardys Limited Release Barrel Selected Rare Show Sweet White|
|97||2015||Hardys Tintara Sub Regional Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale Shiraz|
|97||2013||Hardys Upper Tintara McLaren Vale Shiraz|
|97||2015||Hardys HRB Cabernet Sauvignon|
|97||2014||Hardys Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon|
|97||NV||Hardys Barrel Selected Rare Muscat|
|97||2014||Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon|
|97||2007||House of Arras Grand Vintage|
|97||2015||Reynella Basket Pressed McLaren Vale Shiraz|
|97||2014||St Hallett Old Block Barossa Shiraz|
|96||2015||Bay of Fires Eddystone Point Riesling|
|96||2015||Bay of Fires Pinot Noir|
|96||2015||Brookland Valley Estate Margaret River Chardonnay|
|96||2006||House of Arras Blanc de Blancs|
|96||2003||House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged|
|96||2016||Knappstein Bryksy’s Hill Vineyard Watervale Riesling|
|96||2015||Petaluma Tiers Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay|
|96||2015||Reynella Basket Pressed McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon|
|96||2016||St Hallett Single Vineyard Release Dawkins Eden Valley Shiraz|
|96||2015||St Hallett Single Vineyard Release Mattschoss Eden Valley Shiraz|
|96||2016||St Hallett Single Vineyard Release Scholz Estate Barossa Valley Shiraz|
|96||2015||Stonier W-WB Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir|
|96||2013||Yarra Burn Bastard Hill Single Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay|
|95||2016||Bay of Fires Pinot Gris|
|95||2016||Brookland Valley Estate Margaret River Chardonnay|
|95||2015||Brookland Valley Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay|
|95||2014||Brookland Valley Estate Margaret River Cabernet Merlot|
|95||2015||Grant Burge Filsell Old Vine Barossa Shiraz|
|95||2014||Grant Burge Filsell Old Vine Barossa Shiraz|
|95||2013||Grant Burge Corryton Park Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon|
|95||2015||Hardys HRB Pinot Noir|
|95||2015||Hardys HRB Shiraz|
|95||2014||Hardys HRB Shiraz|
|95||2015||Hardys Tintara Yeenunga Single Vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz|
|95||2008||House of Arras Grand Vintage|
|95||2016||Knappstein Slate Creek Vineyard Watervale Riesling|
|95||2015||Knappstein Clare Valley Shiraz|
|95||2014||Knappstein The Mayor’s Vineyard Clare Valley Shiraz|
|95||2014||Knappstein Enterprise Vineyard Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon|
|95||2015||Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay|
|95||2014||Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot|
|95||2013||Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot|
|95||2013||Petaluma Evans Vineyard Coonawarra|
|95||2010||Petaluma Essence Botrytis|
|95||2015||St Hallett Blackwell Barossa Shiraz|
|95||2016||St Hallett Single Vineyard Release Materne Barossa Valley Shiraz|
|95||2015||St Hallett Single Vineyard Release Materne Barossa Valley Shiraz|
|95||2016||St Hallett Single Vineyard Release Mattschoss Eden Valley Shiraz|
|95||2015||St Hallett Single Vineyard Release Scholz Estate Barossa Valley Shiraz|
|95||2015||Stonier KBS Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay|