James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019

The results are in after the gala evening at the National Gallery of Melbourne and we’re delighted with the results. 15 wines across the collections were awarded 90+ points!

In particular we’re thrilled to see that the second vintage of Holy Grail scoring GOLD with 96 points. We’re happy to see our hardworking team’s patience, tenacity and hard “Yacca” recognised in this way.

Here are our favourites:


2016 ‘Yacca Block’  Eden Valley Shiraz 96 POINTS

“There’s just something about this wine that makes it stand tall. It’s partly the perfectly ripe fruit, the spice in between, the succulence, the detail, the savouriness, the surprisingly filigreed tannins and a certain degree of structure with its exceptional length. It has presence and poise in equal measure.”

2016 ‘Holy Grail’ Barossa Valley Shiraz96 POINTS

“There’s no denying its Seppeltsfield stamp as this is a whorl of satisfying flavours and yet a perfectly composed wine. Expect dark fruit, red fruit, florals, layers of spice and savoury notes of tar and warm earth. Full-bodied, to be sure, with sweet tannins the texture of raw silk.”

2016 ‘Dave’s Block’ McLaren Vale Shiraz95 POINTS

“It’s far from shy as it has all the flavours a shiraz from this region can muster, think black fruits, chocolate, liquorice, dried herbs, charry notes and a truck-load of spice. Yet everything is in its place and balanced accordingly. Full-bodied with ripe savoury and velvety tannins and a sweet fruit kick on the finish”

2016 ‘Secret Block’ Barossa Valley Shiraz95 POINTS

“Sensational deep purple colour; a more restrained style in its fruit profile with no new oak – spends 19 months in seasoned French barrels. The fruit is vibrant offering flavours of red plums and black cherries, a succulence too, plenty of spice, a fistful of dried herbs all flowing onto a full-bodied but composed palate. Savoury, powerful tannins on a structured palate with fresh acidity to close.”



2016 ‘Harriet’s Garden’ Adelaide Hills Shiraz95 POINTS

“Heady aromatics are the first enticement all floral, peppery and spicy as it moves onto a medium-bodied palate with chorus of crunchy red fruits with a savoury lift, chalky-raspberry acidity and sandpaper fine tannins. It has gluggability written all over it.”

2016 ‘Charlie’s Garden’ Eden Valley Shiraz95 POINTS

“Hand-picked fruit with 20% whole bunches, on skins 15 days in open top fermenters, pressed to seasoned French puncheons and hogsheads for 18 months. While this shines the spotlight on the fruit, there’s certainly oak flavours and tannin seeping through to the wine but just the right amount. Also in the mix are blackberry essence, plum compote, molasses and savoury, persimmon-like tannins.”

2016 ‘Bella’s Garden’ Barossa Valley Shiraz95 POINTS

“Dark inky red and oozes the same coloured fruit into a matrix of spice with blackstrap liquorice and curranty essence leading onto a full-bodied, decisive palate. Tannins – an abundance of them, flavour through and through and yet this is contained, never straying into the too big territory.”


All scores and tasting notes are from Wine Companion 2019 – Published 1 August 2018.

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