• 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Winemaker of the Year
Glenn Goodall, Xanadu Wines, Margaret River, WA 
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Winemaker of the Year Glenn Goodall, Xanadu Wines, Margaret River, WA (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Dark Horse Winery
L.A.S. Vino, Margaret River, WA
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Dark Horse Winery L.A.S. Vino, Margaret River, WA (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Viticulturist of the Year
Tom Carson, Serrat, Yarra Valley, Victoria
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Viticulturist of the Year Tom Carson, Serrat, Yarra Valley, Victoria (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best New Winery
Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best New Winery Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best Value Winery
Deeps Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best Value Winery Deeps Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best New Winery
Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best New Winery Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best New Winery
Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best New Winery Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Winery of the Year
Pooley Wines, Tasmania
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Winery of the Year Pooley Wines, Tasmania (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Wine of the Year
Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western 
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Wine of the Year Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Pinot Noir of the Year
Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Pinot Noir of the Year Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Wine of the Year
Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western 
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Wine of the Year Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Sparkling Rosé of the Year Pipers Brook Vineyard Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2017, Tasmania 
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Sparkling Rosé of the Year Pipers Brook Vineyard Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2017, Tasmania (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
  • 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Sparkling White of the Year 
Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 Orange 
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    2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Sparkling White of the Year Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 Orange (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)
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Wine regions recognised for the first time, Tasmania punching above its weight, and Western Australia topping the medal tally were all part of this year’s Halliday Wine Awards.

Celebrating the country’s top wines, winemakers, viticulturists, and wineries, Halliday Wine Companion’s chief editor Tyson Stelzer said the annual awards set the industry benchmark.

“This year’s results are a wonderful testimony to the tremendous diversity of Australian wine at the top of its game.

“Our winners hail from the who’s who of large estates in famous regions and from small boutiques in remote outposts.

“It’s exciting to see unexpected places and estates stepping forward with wines that have topped their classes,” Stelzer said.

First time award winners included a $50 shiraz from one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, Perth Hills. Battles Wine Granitis Shiraz 2020 won Shiraz of the Year, the first time this region has won a Companion Award.

2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Sparkling White of the Year 
Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 Orange 
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2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Sparkling White of the Year Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 Orange (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)

The Sparkling Wine of the Year came from Australia’s highest-elevation region, Orange, for the first time. Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 took out the top honours.

Tasmania made up only five per cent of submitting wineries, but achieved one major Award win, three further major Award nominations and two varietal Awards.

Tasmanian winery, Pooley Wines won Winery of the Year; Pipers Brook Vineyard Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2017 was awarded Sparkling Rosé of the Year; and Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania was recognised as Best Pinot Noir of the Year.

Meanwhile, Western Australia had more major award winners than any other state and Margaret River have more 5-star wineries than any other region.

2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Winery of the Year
Pooley Wines, Tasmania
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2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Winery of the Year Pooley Wines, Tasmania
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2023 MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Winery of the Year – Pooley Wines, Tasmania

Winemaker of the Year – Glenn Goodall, Xanadu Wines, Margaret River, WA

Viticulturist of the Year – Tom Carson, Serrat, Yarra Valley, VIC

Best New Winery – Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA

2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best New Winery
Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA
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2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Best New Winery Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA
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Dark Horse Winery – L.A.S. Vino, Margaret River, WA

Best Value Winery – Deeps Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA

Wine of the Year – Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western – 96 points 2023

2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Wine of the Year
Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western 
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2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Wine of the Year Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)

 

VARIETAL WINNERS

Sparkling White of the Year – Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 Orange – 97 points

Sparkling Red of the Year – Teusner MC Sparkling Shiraz 2017 Barossa Valley – 95 points

Sparkling Rosé of the Year – Pipers Brook Vineyard Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2017 Tasmania – 96 points

Rosé of the Year – Spinifex Luxe 2021 Barossa – 93 points

Sauvignon Blanc of the Year – Flowstone Wines Queen of the Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Margaret River – 96 points

Other Whites (and Blends) of the Year – Briar Ridge Vineyard Albariño 2021 Hunter Valley – 95 points

Semillon of the Year – Brokenwood Sunshine Vineyard Semillon 2014 Hunter Valley – 97 points

Riesling of the Year (two winners) – Henschke Julius Riesling 2021 Eden Valley – 98 points

Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western – 96 points

Chardonnay of the Year – Stella Bella Wines Luminosa Chardonnay 2020 Margaret River – 98 points

2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Pinot Noir of the Year
Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania
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2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Pinot Noir of the Year Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)

Pinot Noir of the Year – Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania – 96 points

Grenache (and Blends) of the Year – Chalk Hill Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache 2020 McLaren Vale – 98 points

Other Reds (and Blends) of the Year – Koomilya Cabernet Touriga 2018 McLaren Vale – 97 points

Shiraz of the Year – Battles Wine Granitis Shiraz 2020 Perth Hills – 96 points

Cabernet Shiraz of the Year – Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2020 McLaren Vale– 97 points

Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year – Bleasdale Vineyards The Iron Duke Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Langhorne Creek – 98 points

Cabernet Sauvignon (and Family) of the Year – Mount Mary Quintet 2020 Yarra Valley – 98 points

Sweet Wine of the Year – Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling 2019 Victoria – 95 points

Fortified Wine of the Year – Seppeltsfield 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny 1922 Barossa Valley – 100 points

Australian wine industry icon James Halliday 
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Australian wine industry icon James Halliday (Image source: Halliday Wine Companion Awards)

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