Halliday Top 100 Wine Highlights | New Vintage Turkey Flat Shiraz

Featured in this big edition of Corker are some highlights from James Halliday's Top 100 Wines 2017, headlined by a couple of newly released 97 Point rated white wines. 

It goes without saying that both the 2017 Castle Rock Porongorup Riesling and 2016 Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay are sublime examples of their respective varietals, with Halliday's glowing reviews certainly supporting this. However, what makes these true standouts is the value for money they offer at their price points, with both sure to attract plenty of interest. 

Also included in this edition of Corker is the newly released 2015 Turkey Flat Shiraz at a discounted price, along with a couple of other Halliday Top 100 entrants from Alkoomi and Clyde Park

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2017 Castle Rock Estate Porongorup Riesling - $22.90

97 Points | Top 100 Wines 2017 - James Halliday

Castle Rock is situated in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, with a reputation for exceptional Rieslings that are elegant in their youth and develop complexity and further palate weight with age. 

This 2017 Castle Rock Porongurup Riesling is the 31st vintage of this wine, which has now established itself among Australia's truly great Rieslings and was a worthy inclusion in Halliday's Top 100 Wines of 2017. 

"97 Points. Glinting quartz-green; an intriguing mix of flowers/ blossom, talc and spice on the bouquet is followed by a finely wrought palate of the highest quality, citrus fruit and tingling acidity sopranos singing to each other in unison. Balance is the key now and in the future. Drink by: 2032 Date tasted: 11 Sep 2017 Price: $25.00 Alcohol: 11.8%" - James Halliday, Top 100 Wines 2017.

2016 Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay - $29.90

97 Points | Top 100 Wines 2017 - James Halliday

Long regarded as one of Australia's premier cool-climate Chardonnay makers, the newly released 2016 Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay is another top class Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay. The palate is tight yet refined with juicy nectarine, melon and citrus fruit notes all on offer. A wine of impeccable structure and complexity, this will attract plenty of interest from Chardonnay lovers. 

"97 Points. Estate-grown and made by long-term winemaker Robin Brockett with unrelenting attention to detail. A beautifully weighted and composed wine, with pink grapefruit and white peach sharing the fruit message, which is given equal support by integrated oak and crisp acidity. It has exceptional length." - Drink By: 2029 Price: $35.00 Date Tasted: 11 Sep 2017 Alcohol: 13.5%"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au. 

2017 Alkoomi Frankland River Riesling - $14.90

Best Dry White - 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show 

James Halliday Top 100 Wines 2017

Alkoomi Wines is one of the most consistent performers in WA's cool-climate Frankland River region; a region well-known for delivering some of Australia's finest Riesling. This wine has been dominating the recent wine show circuit (Best Dry White - 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show & Elite Gold - 2017 Canberra International Riesling Challenge) and was a worthy inclusion in Halliday's Top 100 Wines 2017.  

Delivering typically vibrant and intense fruit flavours of lemon, grapefruit and lychee, the soft mouthwatering acidity adds freshness and length to the palate. A wine that can be enjoyed with or without food, this offers incredible value Riesling drinking at this great price. 

"94 Points. Classic cool grown riesling aromas, with blossoms of all kinds. The palate is a revelation, lime and lemon to the fore, coupled by minerally acidity that creates the length and freshness. The aftertaste lingers for an exceptionally long time. Drink By: 2027 Price: $15.00 Date Tasted: 11 Sep 2017 Alcohol: 12%"- James Halliday, Top 100 Wines 2017. 

2016 Clyde Park Locale Pinot Noir - $22.90

95 Points | Top 100 Wines 2017 - James Halliday

Established by Gary Farr back in 1979, Clyde Park has remained at the forefront of winemaking in the Geelong region. The wines are made with a Clyde Park's uncompromising approach to winemaking & viticulture that ensures the quality is always exceptionally high.

This 2016 Clyde Park Locale Pinot Noir is a lively, vibrant, Geelong Pinot Noir brimming with ripe cherry, raspberry flavours and subtle spice. Delicate, yet delivering impressive depth and structure, this offers super value Pinot drinking at this price. 

"95 Points. Contract-grown. Full, deep crimson hue; this is a powerhouse in its price class - in Burgundy it would be labelled Bourgogne. It can certainly be drunk now, but will equally certainly see its deep-seated cherry, spice and tannin flavour and structure come into full flower over 5 years. Drink By: 2029 Price: $28.00 Date Tasted: 28 Mar 2017 Alcohol: 13%"- James Halliday, Halliday Top 100 Wines 2017. 

2015 Turkey Flat Shiraz - $39.90

"Bloody Brilliant" - Dan Traucki | RRP $47

Turkey Flat Shiraz comfortably sits among the top bracket of Barossa Valley Shiraz and still sells for a fraction of the price of many other highly regarded examples. The newly released 2015 Turkey Flat Shiraz is another generous, intensely flavoured and impeccably structured Barossa Shiraz that is sure to appeal to the many fans of this wine, particularly at this discounted price. 

"...The current release 2015 Turkey Flat Shiraz has a lovely depth of bright, vibrant purple colour, alluring aromas of plums and vanillin oak. On the palate it is big, rich and powerful yet smooth with delightful layers of flavour, great texture and a long, lingering finish. An outstanding Shiraz that just needs a bit of time to continue developing and become mellow and sublime. Bloody Brilliant!!"- Dan Traucki, www.wineassist.com.au.

"95 Points. If you’re looking for first class, traditionally styled, Barossa shiraz, this release from Turkey Flat is the perfect ‘go to’. It’s toasty, malty, beautifully blackberried and rich, the deliciousness factor from start to finish (very) high. To boot, it has both the inherent structure and balance to keep it at a high level for a good long time. This is Turkey Flat Shiraz in exactly the form you’d like to see it. Plum, kirsch, cream and cocoa characters are all nothing if not seductive. Licks of oak are perfectly applied. Fruit is dark and satisfying. Redcurrant and spice notes are there, but as bit players. It’s Barossa shiraz, fighting fit. Tasted: Aug17 Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $47 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2030+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front. 

"95 Points. Deep crimson purple, this smells super with its aromas of briary dark fruits together with a little cedar/vanillin from the beautifully handled oak (the wine was matured in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads). There is an old vine creaminess to the palate which manages to be rich and concentrated but supremely balanced at the same time. A terrific wine from go to whoah. Screwcap. 14.5%. To 2030."- Phillip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.