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James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012

James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 is now available for free on his website. Take a look!

 

I definitely agree with a few of his choices:

 

Chateau Francois Pokolbin Semillon 2006 is a bargain and made by a lovely man.

 

Tahbilk Marsanne 2012 is from a much underratted grape that can flourish in many Australian environments. It's probably a bargain because most Aussies aren't that adventurous at trying different grapes.

 

Nepenthe Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2010 makes his list too and it's a great cooler climate Shiraz. It's a bit more refined and interesting than lots of the cheap sun-baked examples.

 

The Mike Press Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Merlot intrigues me. I haven't actually tried this yet, but it has been recommended by a couple of people

 

I haven't tried that many of the wines over $20 yet, but now I've got a list to work from!

 

The Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2009 is great and on it's way to becoming the benchmark for Aussie Chardies. Tahbilk 1927 Vines Marsanne 2003 is worth the $35 or so it commands and has a bit of extra richness that the younger wines don't have.

 

More research and development required for me, I think.

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Kilikanoon named Halliday's 2013 Australian Winery of the Year

Kilikanoon named Halliday's 2013 Australian Winery of the Year | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Established in 1997, Kilikanoon has been a rising star. Now it has reached the zenith of Australian awards: Halliday's winery of the year.

 

OK, 2012 may only be half-done, but that doesn't stop James doling out the 2013 awards. In terms of local influence, this Halliday gong is one of the most important.

 

I've never tried their wines, so I can't really comment on quality. I think it's time that they set up a Sydney tasting and maybe a London one too.

 

Congratulations to Kevin Mitchell and his team.

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James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - the result & best value

James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - the result & best value | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The results are out for Mr Halliday's Chardonnay challenge and there seem to be a couple of value choices in the winners.

 

$22 will grab you a bottle of Eden Road 'The Long' Road Chardonnay 2011. With a score of 96 it's bound to tickle your tastebuds.

http://www.unitedcellars.com.au/products/eden-road-the-long-road-chardonnay-2011

 

Potentially even better, $21 can get you a bottle of 2011 Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay. At 97 points and described as being "more Chablis like", this one sounds very intersting.

http://www.winesale.com.au/epages/shop.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/winesale/Products/32841

 

Got over $100 burning a hole in your pocket? Then you can splash out on a bottle of the winner, Penfold's 2008 Yattarna Chardonnay. Maybe they're achieving their goal of producing a white wine to sit alongside Grange. If you're buying a couple of bottles then don't forget to invite me to the opening!

 

Links for UK purchases (not necessarily the same vintage, so beware):

http://www.winedirect.co.uk/fraser-gallop-wilyabrup-aka-parterre-chardonnay-2010

 

I can't find these in the USA at the moment.

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