James Halliday Wine Companion 2019: Standout Wines & Bonus Book Offer

Last week saw the release of the 2019 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion; an incredibly comprehensive guide to Australian wine and an essential resource for every wine drinker in this country. As usual, this year's book release has generated plenty of discussion and a mad scramble to secure some of the top rated wines. 

Featured in this edition of Corker are a few standout wines that have drawn high praise in the Halliday Wine Companion 2019. Many of these wines are available in extremely limited quantities and are likely to sell out very quickly. 

Worthy of a special mention is the 2017 Ottelia Mount Gambier Riesling, which has attracted plenty of attention following an extraordinary 98 point review from Halliday. Available for $21.90 a bottle, we expect our stocks to fly out the door. 

As a special offer, purchase any 12 bottles (mixed or straight) of the wines featured in this edition and receive a bonus copy of the Halliday Wine Companion 2019 (RRP $39.99) with your order.

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2017 Ottelia Mount Gambier Riesling - $21.90

98 Points - James Halliday

John Innes is a 30-year veteran of Coonawarra, with a deep knowledge of it and the surrounding region that he is putting to good use with his Ottelia project. Produced from grapes grown on the Innes family vineyard in Mount Gambier, this 2017 Ottelia Mount Gambier Riesling is a sensational, intensely flavoured example that offers extraordinary value drinking at this price. However please be quick as our stocks of this wine will not last long. 

"98 Points. Wow. This is positively breathtaking, the complex spray of citrus flavours impacting the second the wine enters the mouth, and linger long after the finish. The citrus is unsweetened green grapefruit juice and zest, acidity a given but nonetheless playing an important role. Trophy Best White Wine Limestone Coast Wine Show '17 not the least surprising. For the record, pH 2.83, titratable acidity 9.36g/l and residual sugar 6g/l. Screwcap. 11% alc. To 2037 $22"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019. 

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2017 Oakridge Over The Shoulder Pinot Noir - $19.90

95 Points - James Halliday

A flagship winery of Victoria's Yarra Valley, Oakridge's Over The Shoulder wines are consistently outstanding examples of the region's hero varietals at exceptional value prices. These are fresh, medium-bodied and vibrantly fruit-driven wines that lend themselves to be enjoyed in their youth. 

This 2017 Oakridge Over The Shoulder Pinot Noir is a perfect example of this, loaded with plenty of ripe red fruit, strawberry and cherry flavours, vibrant acidity and a mouth-watering finish that makes it pretty compelling at this price. 

"95 Points. Bright crimson-purple; a sign of great things to come from the '17 vintage in the Yarra Valley. A beautiful pinot for drinking now or later. Long, pure cherry-plum fruit; fine tannins. Great value. Screwcap. 13.3% alc. To 2029. $23"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019. 

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2017 Spinifex Syrah - $26.90

97 Points - James Halliday | Superb Value

The 2017 Spinifex Syrah follows in the footsteps of previous vintages of this wine that have proved hugely popular. Made from grapes grown in the higher, cooler sites of the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, this offers a more restrained rendition of Barossa Shiraz that is incredibly drinkable in its youth, yet still delivers loads of concentrated flavour and impressive length. A wonderful value wine from one of the Barossa's most acclaimed winemakers. 

"97 Points. 20-50yo vines, whole berry and whole bunch ferments in, 8 months in French oak (10% new). From Yarra Valley pinot to Barossa Valley shiraz is a massive distance, yet the '17 vintage has kissed them both, with lower alcohol levels and producing wines of great intensity, length and balance. The Barossa Valley seldom has spice and licorice as first up aromas and flavours, but it does that in spades here, the palate a glorious rendition. It borders on full-bodied, but to leave or reduce any part of what is here would be vinocide. Screwcap. 14% alc. To 2042. $30"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

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2016 Paringa Estate Peninsula Shiraz - $28.90

97 Points - James Halliday

The 2016 vintage at Paringa Estate marked owner and winemaker Lindsay McCall’s 29th vintage at this esteemed Mornington Peninsula winery. This 2016 Paringa Peninsula Shiraz is an outstanding example of Mornington Peninsula Shiraz; medium-bodied with ample black fruits, pepper and fine grained tannins. A small amount (5%) of Viognier is co-fermented with the Shiraz, which enhances the aromatics. This is a Mornington Peninsula Shiraz of impeccable balance, texture and understated power from this acclaimed producer. 

"97 Points. Absolutely classic Paringa, one of the best - if not the best - of the early starters, with full-on cool climate shiraz thrust. Likewise, classic blackberry, blood plum and licorice flavours are supported by fine tannins and subtle oak. Screwcap. 14% alc To 2046. $29"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

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2015 Teusner Avatar GMS - $29.90

96 Points - Jane Faulkner | RRP $45

Teusner's Avatar has established itself as a benchmark example of Barossa Valley's famous blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. With vine age of the Grenache and Mataro vines almost 100 years old, Avatar consistently delivers an intensely flavoured yet beautifully perfumed and approachable red that's pretty hard to resist. A superb Barossa red, this 2015 vintage is in cracking form and offers sensational value at this discounted price. 

"96 Points. The trio of great Barossa reds (grenache 55%, mataro 25% and shiraz 25%) come together to spend 18 months in seasoned oak before unfurling into a complete, compelling wine - GMS at its best. Light on its feet, with svelte tannins, plenty of substance and depth, though with buoyant flavours of cherries and raspberries, pips and spice, prosciutto and pepper. Glorious. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2028. $45"- Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

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2017 Serrat Chardonnay - $44.90

97 Points - James Halliday | Very Limited

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. 

The 2017 Serrat Chardonnay is a rich, flavoursome example of Yarra Valley Chardonnay with impressive concentration and texture that gives it the approachability to be enjoyed young. Finishing with a remarkable length, this is another superb offering from the talented duo behind Serrat. 

"97 Points. Whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French puncheons (25% new) on full solids, no mlf, matured for 11 months. The clarity of expression of this wine is outstanding. White peach holds front of stage, leaving grapefruit/citrus/apple nuances to follow, with a mere shadow of oak. The balance is utterly exceptional. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. To 2027"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019. 

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2016 Porstea Estate Pinot Noir - $44.90

97 Points - James Halliday | Very Limited Stocks

The Portsea Estate vineyard is located on the century old Tintagel property overlooking Bass Strait at the very tip of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Its unique ‘terroir’ derives from extensive limestone deposits and a top soil of calcareous sand and humus collected over thousands of years. The free draining, limestone rich soils provide ideal conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to thrive and help produce complex, layered wines of distinct character and minerality.

This highly acclaimed 2016 Portsea Estate Pinot Noir is a brilliant example of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir opening up with lifted aromas of berry fruits, rose petals and a hint of forest floor complexity. Elegant yet well weighted, the palate is seamlessly brought together by balanced acidity, finely grained tannins and extra tight French oak. A high quality Pinot Noir that is sure to offer plenty of drinking pleasure over the coming decade. 

"97 Points. This is a great success in a slightly difficult year. It has the depth, texture and structure of what will be a long-lived pinot, its dark plum and black cherry fruit shot through with spices and high-quality tannins. I wouldn't quarrel with anyone arguing it's good to go right now, but it's simply going to get even better. Screwcap. 12.9% alc. To 2031- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019. 

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2016 Fallen Giants Block 3 Shiraz - $49.90

98 Points - James Halliday | Only 100 dozen made

The Halls Gap vineyard in the Grampians has a long and revered history dating back to the 1960's. A long time grower for Seppelts and Penfolds, the vineyard was in the hands of the late Trevor Mast for many years, and in 2014 was acquired by Aaron Drummond. 

This 2016 Fallen Giants Block 3 Shiraz is a sublime example of Grampians Shiraz; beautifully structured, it's hits the seemingly perfect balance between approachability and excellent fruit flavours, with quality French oak playing a mere support role. There was only 100 dozen of this stunning Shiraz produced and on the back of a 98 point review from Halliday, we expect our limited stocks will go quickly. 

"98 Points. Fascinating: the analysis and the vinification of this wine are identical to those of its lesser-priced sibling, both wines picked on the same day and made in exactly the same way. Of course there has to be differences, and this wine came from vines solely at 220m (100 dozen made), the other from vines between 180-220m (1400 dozen made). This achieves even greater depth, power and length than its sibling. Screwcap. 14.5% alco. To 2050. $50"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019. 

Bonus Halliday Wine Companion 2019 with any 12 bottles of featured wines purchased