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Last week saw the release of the 2018 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion; an incredibly comprehensive guide to Australian wine and an essential resource for every wine drinker in this country. Featured in this edition of Corker are a few standout wines that have attracted high praise from James Halliday in the Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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2016 Dalfarras Pinot Grigio - $14.90

95 Points - James Halliday

The Dalfarras range of wines are made by the well-known and historically significant Tahbilk winery in Central Victoria's Nagambie Lakes. This 2016 Dalfarras Pinot Grigio was a star performer at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show; collecting the 'Best Single Varietal White Wine' trophy and a 96 Point rating from the expert panel - a remarkable achievement for an under $20 wine. 

"95 Points. A striking wine with strawberry, pear and stone fruits all on display, in some ways more like a gris, the ultimate compliment. Top gold Melbourne Wine Awards '16. Screwcap. 13% alc. To 2017. $18"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018. 

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2016 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc - $21.90

96 Points - James Halliday

Over the past decade Stella Bella has established itself as one of the shining lights of Margaret River wine. This 2016 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc is an Australian example of the highest quality; fresh, balanced and beautifully structured, there's an abundance of tropical fruit flavours, minerality and a crisp, dry finish. 

"96 Points. In distinctive Stella Bella fashion, the wine is loaded with tropical fruits fit for an Arabian feast, starting with passionfruit, gooseberry, continuing with green pineapple, finishing with punchy citrussy acidity that intensifies and prolongs the impact. Screwcap. 13.2% alc. To 2018. $24"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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2016 Poonawatta The Eden Riesling - $24.90

97 Points - James Halliday

Long regarded as one of Australia's finest Riesling makers, the Poonawatta The Eden Riesling 2016 is another classic example. This delivers incredible concentration of flavour, with the vineyard sites typical floral notes underpinned with sherbert lemon and lime, and delicate musk notes. An Eden Valley Riesling of incredible length and generous flavour and a relative bargain at this price. 

"97 Points. 45yo low-yielding vines, sustainably farmed, free-run juice fermented slowly (18-22 days). A marvellous riesling, majestically perfumed, intensely lime juice-flavoured and exceptionally long. I couldn't resist the temptation to swallow half of the first sip. Just under 400 dozen made. To 2036. $26" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018. 

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2015 Flametree Margaret River Shiraz - $24.90

96 Points - James Halliday

Flametree has now firmly established itself as one of the stars wineries of Margaret River. Under the skilled winemaker of Cliff Royle (ex-Voyager Estate), the quality of their wines continues to rise to impressive levels. This 2015 Flametree Margaret River Shiraz is delicious, medium to full-bodied Shiraz packed with loads of dark fruits, licorice, blueberry and plum flavours - amazing value drinking at this price. 

"96 Points. Wild-yeast fermented in batches in open and static fermenters, plunged and/ or pumped over twice daily, select parcels with whole bunches, matured for 10 months in French oak. A complex, full-bodied shiraz with black cherry, plum, licorice and spices all well and truly in play. The texture and structure of the wine are built around ripe, fine tannins. A long life ahead. Screwcap. 14% alc. To 2035. $27"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018. 

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2015 Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red - $19.90

"Freakish Value" | 94 Points - James Halliday

Butchers Block is a traditional Barossa blend made with grapes selected from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some from the original old vine plantings. This 2015 Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red is another classic Barossa blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvédre that offers the great drinkability and value for money it's become synonymous for.

"94 Points. 51% shiraz, 38% grenache, 11% mataro from 15-17yo vines. Given the provenance, is freakish value, its quality simply underlying the that fact. It has purple and black fruits sewn together by firm tannins that add to the length of the wine (and its structure). I wouldn't hesitate to cellar the wine for 15+ years). Screwcap. 14.8% alc. To 2030. $20. Special Value." - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz - $28.90

96 Points - James Halliday

The 2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz continues the superb recent form of this leading cool-climate Shiraz. Delivering intense red and black cherry fruit flavours complimented by subtle oak, fine acidity and the pepper spice the region is famous for. The impressive length and balance makes it a standout Shiraz at this price - sure to appeal to the many Langi fans. 

"96 Points. Both bouquet and medium-bodied palate offer a tapestry of black fruits, spices and black pepper, tannins woven through the succulent, juicy black fruits. French oak there or thereabouts, and fine lingering tannins. Screwcap. 13.8% alc. To 2035. Special Value. $30"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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2014 Teusner Avatar GSM - $32.90

98 Points - James Halliday | Very Limited

Teusner's Avatar always delivers a delicious, flavoursome, yet approachable Barossa blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro - the 2014 vintage is in cracking form. Only very limited stocks of this wine remain, which on the back of Halliday's massive 98 point review will go quickly. 

"98 Points. 50% grenache, 26% shiraz, 24% mataro, the grenache and mataro vines almost 100 yo, matured in used puncheons and hogsheads for 16 months. Retains both crimson hue and depth, the shiraz, despite being only a quarter of the blend, has a significant impact, both in terms of dark/black fruit flavour and firmer structure, but at the end of the day, it's the heady perfume and juicy red fruits of the grenache and mataro that make this glorious wine what it is. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2039. $40" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018. 

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2015 Castelli Estate 'Empirica' Tempranillo - $28.90

95 Points - James Halliday

The Castelli Empirica Tempranillo is fast establishing itself as one of Australia's leading examples and the 2015 vintage is possibly the finest yet. Lifted aromas of dark red berried fruit with overlaid cherry and mocha are on offer on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate offers similar flavours on a long finish, with savoury tannins in support. A great Australian Tempranillo with enormous appeal in the short to medium-term. 

"95 Points. 'Renowned vineyard' (I didn't know there was one), small batch making, cold soak, hand-plunged, minimal oak. A particularly compelling tempranillo full of supple cherry fruit through to the long finish; very good aftertaste. Screwcap. 14.8%. To 2025. $32" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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2015 Tapanappa 'Fleurieu Peninsula' Pinot Noir - $34.90

96 Points - James Halliday

Tapanappa is the personal project of the legendary winemaker Brian Croser; representing his exploration of several cool-climate vineyard sites throughout South Australia. Made from grapes grown on the famous Foggy Hill vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula, this is an elegantly structured, complex and unmistakably high quality cool-climate Pinot Noir that is a relative bargain at this price.  

"96 Points. Light, bright crimson; a beautifully fragrant wine, the use of 30% whole bunches a master stroke for a supremely elegant and pure red-berried pinot strongly reminiscent of Volnay, Burgundy, which has transformed itself over the past 12 months. Drink by: 2024 Date tasted: 02/Jun/2017 Price: $39.00 Alcohol: 13.4%"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au. 

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2016 Serrat Chardonnay - $44.90

96 Points - James Halliday

Serrat is the family business of former Yering Station and current Yabby Lake winemaker Tom Carson and partner Nadege Suné. Serrat has 8,800 vines per hectare - more than four times the average density, however their vines carry only a few bunches each. Remarkably, it takes one vine to produce each bottle of Serrat wine; these are genuine, hand-crafted wines of the highest quality. 

"96 Points. 80% Mendoza clone, 10% each clones 95 and 96, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in French puncheons, matured for 100 months. Precision winemaking. Classic Yarra Valley chardonnay flavours, very long and led by white peach with a kiss of oak (20% new) exactly balanced by the fruit; grapefruit haunts the backdrops and aftertaste. 12.5% alc. To 2028" - James Halliday, Halliday Magazine, August/ September 2017.  

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2014 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon - $39.90

97 Points - James Halliday

Howard Park's 'Leston' label always showcases the classic regional characters of Margaret River; this 2014 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon is another superb rendition of Margaret River Cabernet. This is a perfumed and poised wine delivering plenty of luscious dense blueberry and plum layers, with impressive intensity and balance. 

"97 Points. Fermented in stainless steel, select parcels remaining on skins post fermentation, others pressed at dryness, each batch matured separately in French barriques (40% new) for 18 months. Vibrant and pure, cassis fruit to the fore, French oak synergistic, tannins and echoes of bay leaf/ olive simply reaffirming the nigh-on perfect varietal expression. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2039. $46"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018. 

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2014 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay - $89.90

98 Points - James Halliday

The 2014 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay is once again Australian Chardonnay at its very best; drinking superbly now it has the structure to last for at least the next decade. Stocks of this year's release are very limited and are sure to again sell out quickly. 

"98 Points. Part hand, part machine-picked, part wild and part cultured yeast, matured for 11 months in new French oak. Incredibly youthful quartz-green colour; a great chardonnay, its intensity and length right up there with the best prior vintages; white peach and nectarine open the batting, pink grapefruit coming swiftly thereafter, creamy/nutty oak almost lost in the crowd. If this weren't enough, the aftertaste is a work of art, complete in itself. Screwcap 13.5% alc. To 2029. $95"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018. 

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2015 Cullen Diana Madeline - $119.90

98 Points - James Halliday

Undoubtedly one of Australia's greatest red wines, the 2015 Cullen 'Diana Madeline' Cabernet is already receiving plenty of glowing praise. Given the huge popularity of this iconic Margaret River Cabernet, the limited stocks are likely to sell out very quickly. 

"98 Points. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 1% each of the malbec and cabernet franc, from the Cullen Vineyard; matured for 17 months in French barriques (66% new). Is is inappropriate to use the word 'elegant' in describing the wine, simply because it is on another, higher level, making the word hackneyed in this instance. The fragrant bouquet, the silky palate and perfectly shaped tannins of the finish are unique to this wine. Screwcap. 13% alc. To 2024. $125" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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