2020 Halliday Wine Companion Release

Last week saw the release of the 2020 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion; an incredibly comprehensive guide to Australian wine and an essential resource for every wine lover. As usual, this year's book release has generated plenty of discussion and a scramble to secure some of the top-rated wines. 

Featured in this edition of Corker are some standout wines that have drawn glowing praise from James Halliday and his fellow contributors to this latest version of Australia's most influential wine publication. 

Many of the wines featured today are available in extremely limited quantities and are likely to sell out very quickly. 

As a special offer, purchase 12 or more bottles (mixed or straight) of the featured wines and receive a bonus copy of the Halliday Wine Companion 2020 (RRP $39.99) with your order.


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Ingram Road is a high-quality, great value range of wines from the Yarra Valley's Helen’s Hill Estate. A fine example of this popular variety; the 2018 Ingram Road Pinot Grigio displays a lovely balance of fresh fruit flavours and lively acidity from tank fermentation, while barrel fermentation contributes some richness and nice texture on the mid palate. A high quality, versatile drink that delivers exceptional value drinking at this price. 

"96 Points. Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed, cool tank ferment and maturation for 3 months. All the focus is on crisp green apple, pear and citrus flavours supplemented by zesty acidity on the lively finish. Very good balance. $20. 13.2% alc Drink By: 2023"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

The Chockstone wines are made by AT Richardson; one of the rising stars of Victoria's famous Grampians wine region. This 2017 Chockstone Grampians Shiraz is another stunning Grampians Shiraz loaded with intense blackberry and chocolate flavours combined with black pepper, subtle spice and a soft, velvety mouthfeel. A delicious Grampians Shiraz that delivers sensational value for money drinking. 

"96 Points. Vivid, deep crimson-purple; spectacular. Black cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant don't intend to give red, blue or purple fruits permission to speak. Oak and tannins are allowed to suggest support roles, but that's as far as it gets. Yet it's not the winemaker who has shut the door - it's the fruit and the site climate that have become the guardians of the River Styx. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2052. $26. Special Value"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020. 

Mount Avoca is one of the more impressive wineries in the Pyrenees region of Central Victoria; their entry-level 'Moates Lane' range of wines offer some impressive quality drinking at bargain prices.  

A well-balanced, medium-bodied cool climate red, this 2018 Mount Avoca Moates Lane Cabernet Sauvignon delivers plenty of varietal blackcurrant, plum, liquorice, dark chocolate, and cigar box flavours. Offering a well-rounded mouthfeel and some soft subtle tannin, this is an approachable Cabernet that drinks at a quality well above its asking price.

"94 Points. Bright, full purple-crimson; tasted immediately post-bottling, and the tannins were exercising themselves. Once they've settled down - and they will in a year to so - this could be a special wine as abundant cassis takes centre stage. Screwcap. 13% alc. To 2029. $21."- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.

This 2018 Toolangi Paul's Lane Chardonnay is a Yarra Chardonnay of the highest quality; round and creamy, smooth and voluptuous, with a gentle, mouth filling core of flavour and nougat-like complexity finishing with a hint of butter, gentle lemony acids and a faint smokiness. A wine that is already attracting plenty of attention, our limited allocation will not last long. 

"98 Points. Crushed and pressed with full solids straight to oak (20% new), both primary and malolactic fermentations going through wild. It's a wondrous wine. Flinty, direct, pure and authoritative. It tastes of oatmeal, white peach, toffee apple and cedar wood though a) everything is cut and freshened by citrus and b) those flinty, struck match notes are stitched into every cranny. The finish, wow, it doesn't, or not in a hurry. One swallow brings a summer of flavour. Screwcap. 13.5% akc, To 2028"- Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.

Established in 1988 in Denmark, Western Australia, Harewood Estate was purchased by former Howard Park winemaker, James Kellie in 2003. We've been hugely impressed with some of the Harewood Estate white wines in recent times with the Rieslings always among the standouts.

This 2018 Harewood Porongurup Riesling is an exceptional Riesling that underlines why many regard Great Southern as Australia's leading premium Riesling region. 

"97 Points. Brings apple blossom to join citrus on the welcome mat, the palate responding in true Porongurup fashion with delicacy and intensity co-existing on the mirror walls of the scintillating palate, length its ultimate triumph. The fruit and its maker should both take a bow. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. To 2033. $24"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.


Made through a joint venture between Champagne Veuve A. Devaux and Yering Station, Yarrabank has been a long-time favourite of our. The 2013 Yarrabank Cuvee Brut is another vintage sparkling wine of the highest quality, that will further strengthen its position among the top echelon of local examples. 

"95 Points. 56% chardonnay and 44% pinot noir. Made in the traditional fashion, this was aged for 5 years on lees without mlf. The dosage is in check at 5g/l, the texture ample and creamy, with plenty of toast, iodine and baked apple notes lending credence to a salubrious bready style. Plenty of colour already, yet impressive in its weight, vitality and detail. Cork. 13% alc. $38" - Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.

Over the past decade Out Of Step has played a substantial role in re-defining Sauvignon Blanc within the Australian wine landscape. This 2017 Summerhill Sauvignon Blanc is another benchmark example with a depth and purity rarely found in this variety. With an RRP of $34, we've secured limited stocks at the discounted price of $19.90 a bottle. 

"96 Points. Hand-picked, pressed direct to French oak (5% new) for wild fermentation, including partial mlf. There's no mucking around, this is in the heart of the Out of Step style, penetrating and complex, insisting you taste it (you won't be sorry), even if you don't like sauvignon blanc. It is racy, raw, and is real wine. 530 dozen made. Screwcap. 12.5% alc.To 2023. $34" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020. 

Made by one of Australia's truly great red wine producers, the 2017 Clonakilla O'Riada Shiraz is another stunning example of Canberra Shiraz from the team at Clonakilla.

Offering elegant floral aromas, red berries and spice this is a red wine of depth, intense flavours and impeccable balance. A wine that has already gained an enormous following, this could well be the best O'Riada Shiraz release yet. 

"97 Points. Spice, red flowers, pepper and wood smoke all appear and promptly disappear on the bouquet, reforming in a different order next time around, the ensuing palate a pond without a single ruffle. Red cherry infuses all one's senses with a constant framework of spice. The faultless balance will still be sustaining the wine 30 years hence. What value! Screwcap. 13.5% alc. To 2048. $45"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020. 

Cullen's Vanya Cullen was named 'Winemaker Of The Year' in the latest Halliday Wine Companion - deserving recognition of her remarkable contribution to this Margaret River winery, which is considered one of Australia's leading Cabernet makers. 

This 2017 Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is another impressive example from Vanya Cullen and her team; it displays densely flavoured ripe dark fruits complemented by subtle fine-grained tannins. Delicious drinking Margaret River Cabernet at a sensational price. 

"96 Points. An 81/19% blend matured in French oak (30% new) for an average of 6 months. The colour is good, the bouquet expressive and very good, but it is the palate that really takes off, blackcurrant/cassis and bay leaf riding on a magic carpet of ripe tannins. This isn't the best wine in the Cullen line-up, but it arguably offers the best value. Screwcap. 12.7% alc. To 2037. $39" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020. 

Flowstone is a tiny production winery just south of the Margaret River township, which is the personal project of the highly regarded Stuart Pym (formerly of Voyager Estate, Stella Bella and Devils Lair).

A wine made in tiny volumes (less than 100 dozen) the 2016 Flowstone Queen Of The Earth Chardonnay has all the hallmarks of top Margaret River Chardonnay. A Chardonnay of great texture and length, the very limited stocks of the highly rated wine are sure to be snapped up by serious Chardonnay lovers. 

"98 Points. A low yielding crop from the estate's home vineyard was fermented in equal parts new and used barriques, with full mlf, before a further 18 months of ageing in the same vessels, imparting a key lime zing to the aroma and a finely tuned meld of match strike flint. Lemon curd, white peach and grapefruit pulp purr along finely tuned mineral cylinders. This is exceptional, with winemaking a point. A challenge to differentiate between top white Burgundy and the stamp of a regional superstar! Screwcap. 13.5%. To 2027. To 2027. $55"- Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.