The Penfolds 2020 collection is available from ... 389 has staked its own claim as a superb Australian red wine, and at 60, this is a “baby” no more. But these are the wines I want to talk about. A glass. The best luxury Christmas crackers for 2020 We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. I’d buy at that price for a Barossa fix. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Mid weight, the palate generous with its red fruit but not overt, the flavours amiable and the style really quite appealing. Best drinking: from now. Best drinking: now to twenty years. But such a step up. The Bass River Estate is next to the Bass River’s west bank. $18 well spent as well. The Best Australian Wine of 2020: Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018. 18/20, 93/100. 17.5/20, 91/100. 17/20, 90/100+. Deep, oaky, licoricey. 17.5/20, 91/100. Plush. The World's Best Australian Wines on Wine-Searcher: Wine Name Score Ave Price : Penfolds Grange Bin 95: 96: $597 : Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley: 96: $634 : Seppeltsfield Para Vintage Tawny, Barossa Valley: 95: $5600 : Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz, Barossa Valley: 95: $302 : Seppeltsfield 'Para Liqueur' Vintage Tawny Barossa Valley: 95: $187 : Clarendon … 14%, $27. Dark dense and chunky – it’s a wine of fudgey ripe flavour and shows it’s alcohol and ripeness more than any other wine in the range, the overall effect a wine of unquestioned impact but a bit simple and warm compared to the others. Why you should go to Morrisons for the best bottle of Shiraz Pikes. Would I buy it? Who needs more ripeness when everything is in its right place? I’d share a bottle. Needless to say, I discovered wine, and my life evolved with a unique dual focus - wine and environment.Twenty years later and I spend my days wearing many (wine) hats, mostly as a writer, presenter and marketer. For the cellar maybe, but wouldn’t be drinking it yet. Add Bruce Jack Shiraz Malbec Wine 750Ml Add add Bruce Jack Shiraz Malbec Wine 750Ml to basket Save £1.00 Was £7.00 Now £6.00 Offer valid for delivery from 08/12/2020 until 02/01/2021 Offer 18.5/20, 94/100. I marginally like the less dominant Hunter portion, but like the Marksman above that could be a maturation point. 13.5%, $65. Required fields are marked *. This is from Canberra & Hilltops fruit. Shiraz, what else is there to know about Australian wine, right? It’s too cheap. Best drinking: I’d wait five years and drink over twenty plus. Lovely red fruit, but less warmth would be better to nail the balance. That plush oak integrates into ripe fruit, the palate smooth, ripe and knit before a round and warm finish. Gundog goes to the Moppity Vineyard. I’d buy it and so should you. Variety: Port. Best drinking: now until whenever, wherever. Would I buy it? More than that, this is the latest in a line of Balgownie evolutions (take a bow Tony Winspear). Easily the juiciest and most approachable of the super premium Balgownie Shiraz. Something, like the exceptional Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018. Yes. It could fall over within ten years, or it could live for decades. Wrattonbully Shiraz from the family vineyard near Joanna. Would I buy it? Cote Rotie take? As ever, the Bremerton flagship Shiraz is big! There are a few names that pop up more than once in this list, headlined by Gundog – with Matt Burton & team pumping out a huge array of ’18 reds from Canberra, Hilltops and the Hunter with lowish alcohols and showing convincing regional character. Styles. Even, purple-fruited style that is well handled. I could mark this much lower as it’s not my sort of wine at all. Every bottle of these ’18 Gundog reds was a winner in Groundhog Day-esque form (love that movie). There was more Shiraz this month, there always is. 17.7/20, 92/100. Bright red fruits, … Shiraz is made in every Australian winemaking state from South Australia to Western Australia. 14.5%, $75. Too bitter, maybe. Then 15+ years easy. It’s bold. 16.3%, $130. 13.5%, $35. It’s maybe a bit singular (and unsubtle), but this is charming in its mode too – the right sort of powerful Barossan red. 18.5/20, 94/100. Bright red ruby, it captures the energy and liveliness of Hunter Shiraz in a warm and even vintage. Barossa Valley Best of Region: Casella Family Brands, 2018 Peter Lehmann Wines Masters Mentor Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 points By contrast, this comes from the Freeman vineyard at Prunevale. 14%, $45. 14.5%, $75. Fascinating wine. A little drying and warm to finish but this has layers and interest. 17/20, 90/100. Best drinking: now to fifteen more years. As the name suggests, this includes some whole bunches, which I think give this Shiraz more. Fun! This is what mod Australian Shiraz is about – ripeness, unmistakable generosity of flavour, but also delivered with a sense of shape and purpose. Thick and dark red berries (McLaren Vale) meets lighter blackberries and peppery bitterness (Hills). Best drinking: now to at least fifteen years. McLaren Vale Shiraz but with Viognier Roussanne Marsanne. I find the finish a bit thin, ultimately. Best drinking: now to twenty years. 14.7%, $180. The Ironheart still fits the definition of Vale Shiraz and, most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious. Overt oak, overt fruit, overt alcohol. Jason Schwarz dials up the Barossa flavour again. A plump, just-bottled, sweet oak and sweet-fruited style of Barrosan red with instant appeal. Share a bottle. Would I buy it? The Best of the Best: 2020 Varietal Winners 2020 Shiraz Varietal Winners There is no wine variety more synonymous with Australia than shiraz. Best drinking: come back in 5 years. Well done. Would I buy it? Best drinking: now to at least ten years. 18.5/20, 94/100. Best drinking: now to many years. Firm and rather substantial wine, ultimately and will be popular for its heartiness. Port! There are many good red wine brands making ripping Pinots in Australia, and they can be made in so many marvellous ways. Last year Wes Pearson’s Grenache was the winner, this year it’s the Shiraz’s turn. Of note, it is matured in 30% new oak for 15 months, although it feels much oakier than that. No. There’s a great story behind this block too. 2012 Cool and dry summer led to a fine, concentrated vintage.. 2011 Cold, wet and late; a vintage to forget for many.Yet good in Western Australia. If you're looking to buy the best red in Australia, it will set you back anywhere from $700 to $1000. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Plus sign important as the structure is very sound. Shiraz Day Highlight: Yangarra Kings Wood Shiraz…, The Top 10 Shiraz tasted this August 2018 - feat.…, Yangarra goes even higher: Four outstanding super…. Lirac & Tavel 2019: Report and top scoring wines. Deep, brooding and with much to chew on. Best drinking: now to ten plus years. 18.5/20, 94/100. 14%, $28. 18/20, 93/100. Worth a glass or two. Smooth with an autumnal feel, the palate is rich and soft with a creamy, woody frame and a lingering finish. $20 of juicy Shiraz well delivered. Alan Varney explains that ‘I like to use fruit from these two regions for the heady aromatics and spicy notes which he cooler sites lend’. 25% whole bunches in the mix and matured in 30% new oak, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Fruit for this comes from the Somerset Vineyard’s 1970 plantings and Tinkler’s ‘48 block. Would I buy it? Winemaking-wise it 25% whole bunches and included in the wild ferment, the wine spending 15 months in 35% new French oak. Would I buy it? Glossy purple berry fruit on nose and palate too. I’d share a bottle. Long and intense – which lifts the score – but remains somewhat hobbled by the pursuit of ripeness and oak. 17.7/20, 92/100. Lots of flavour, as usual. Very nice. Worth a bottle. Best drinking: wait. The James Halliday Top 100 list includes an overview of the year in wine, looking at the major trends and the key issues facing grape-growers and winemakers. Winner. The only question is whether it’s a better wine than the Dalwood Shiraz. Superb. Not wild, just good. Best drinking: now to ten plus years. I can’t fault much here, it just flows and feels lively, yet satisfyingly generous at every point. Such detail. Best drinking: ready to go but has that Clare depth to it (so it will last). Best drinking: now to ten years plus. Gundog’s Canberra wines just get better (and better). 17/20, 90/100. This is magnificent McLaren Vale Shiraz and a glorious Jackson Family contrast to the Hickinbotham Cabernet. From low yielding old vines in Glenrowan. More tannins, more mouthfeel, and a longer finish; so… Black fruited, inky and just a little warm – it’s a big fruit bomb. Matthew Luczy: My top 10 fine wines of 2020. Best drinking: hard to say. In addition, the supermarket stocks wines from producers such as Louis Jadot in Burgundy, Bodegas Fabre and in Argentina and Tim Adams and Vasse Felix in Australia. Easy to see the intensity here, and it’s built for the long haul though it feels a bit OTT for the moment. Would I buy it? 13.5%, $200. Would I buy it? Would I buy it? The reds on test were quite varied, from the gentle and sweet to the rich, ripe and oaky. 17.5/20, 91/100. Initially I thought the Marksman’s was too rich, too plump, too berried, with lavish oak. I like the cross regional thinking here. An excuse to open something even more special? 14%, $28. Would I buy it Yes. James Halliday and his tasting panel spend months tasting the thousands of wines submitted from wineries all across Australia, and awarding each bottle a score out of 100. Slightly too oaky and punchy for big scores but pleasure here for sure. No. Saving the best until … Worth a glass or two. A bit of mint (that the Clare component?). From cult California classics to some fancy French favourites… Rasteau, Cairanne & Vinsobres 2019: Report and top scoring wines. Tannins. 14.5%, $35. 17/20, 90/100. 17.7/20, 92/100. Ferns and some sort of smoky spice on the nose – cool clime Shiraz ahoy! Would I buy it? Best drinking: now to maybe eight years for a start. In 2019 and 2020 I was voted in the Top 30 Best Wine Critics in The World, and in my spare time, I'm a sucker for punishment and run trail ultra marathons, much to the delight of my long-suffering family. 14.5%, $40. Bottle for the cellar. Snappy packaging too. It’s plump, purple and juicy, all red glossy berries, deft oak and then mid palate pomp. There’s this textural width here, with a certain silkiness too, the tannins grainy, the oak a lightly toasty companion piece. White rather than black pepper. Featuring a range of varieties and price points, it’s an invaluable guide to some of the best Australian wines. 17/20, 90/100. The 20 best wines for summer 2020. Would I buy it? Exactly as you’d expected. Would I buy it? Quality Shiraz for the very long haul. Best drinking: wait until the end of the year and then for the next seven years for a start. Levantine Hill Melissa’s Paddock Syrah 2016. No. It’s hearty, meaty, forward and recognisable largely as Shiraz rather than something more complex. What, more Gundog? Another landmark wine from a celebrated estate. Spends 10 months on older oak. Your email address will not be published. Best drinking: now to fifteen years. 17/20, 90/100. 2024 onwards for 15yrs plus. And Hunter-ness. A few Christmas Wines, Beers (2020 Edition). Includes 3% Malbec, intriguingly. Gundog, again: 3 exceptional 2014 Hunter Shiraz revisited, A collection of quality Hunter Shiraz + Semillon…, Schwarz Wine Co. Meta Shiraz 2018 - a (delicious)…, 16 top $30+ Australian Shiraz just in time for Christmas. Would I buy it? Has great tannins(d’Arenberg tannins are excellent. Gundog goes to the Moppity Vineyard. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 14%, $27. They can be complex and spicy, elegant and floral or even just juicy and smashable; their versatility makes them one of the best Australian red wines you can buy. It’s all a bit much. More depth than some vintages too. Many premium Australian sparkling wines are regarded as being on par with the finest in the world. 17.5/20, 91/100. Will win trophies, though not my style. Delicious wine. But underneath its a surprise packet. Bass River Estate. Dark, inky and ultra ripe. 17/20, 90/100. Easy fifteen. The 2020 James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge Regional Winners are: Adelaide Hills Best of Region: Wines by Geoff Hardy, 2018 K1 By Geoff Hardy 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 points . From the oldest plantings on the now 50-year-old Bendigo estate, with 1.5% Viognier in the mix. What stops you in your tracks is the price – for $17 this is so much wine, even if it’s not my bag. Meerea Park are one of many Hunter producers to have publically announced they won’t be making much wine out of 2020, which is miserable. The Best Australian Wine - The 2020 Reverse Wine Snob Picks. But hey, this will turn heads and flashy as fuck. Actually it’s probably more Pinot than Syrah, with cherry fruit and a real tang. Best drinking: 12 months will be welcome. Shiraz is Australia’s best known and most widely planted variety; Grown in virtually every wine region in Australia; Shiraz is relatively adaptable and can be grown in moderate to cool regions as well as warm areas; Regions. 14%, $65. Pan juices. Lucky that they still have wines like this in the shed. 13.5%, $35. Would I buy it? From 20yo dry grown vines – which is young for Galafrey, given that the Tyrer family vineyard is now approaching 45 years old. Port without the spirit. The range review has seen a renewed focus on interesting parcels at the lower-premium end, some strong additions to the own-label Definition range, and some classic wines that had been lost … Bottle 1362/2500. 17.5/20, 91/100. A glass or two. Best drinking: over the next ten years. Good tannins to finish, if minty. This is more translucent, less muscular, less oak-driven voluptuousness and some welcome spice. The very definition of a smooth and generous Barossa Shiraz. Tony, what’s different here?. And it seems like Australian wine drinks are opting for red over white, with r ed varieties taking up 85 per cent of the list. Has a Canberra-esque aromatic profile which you just don’t see in Hilltops Shiraz. Best drinking: now to fifteen plus years. Quality dirt. Interesting, for sure. Yes. Clonakilla. A glass. From vines planted in 1881, I thought this would be bigger given the dark purpleness but no, the expected extravagance doesn’t come. Thanks foot treading?) Classically oaky. This is a dense, slightly blanched red of big impact but the finer details have been cooked off, oak rounding out the palate and alcohol to finish. 19/20, 96/100. 17/20, 90/100. 14.5%, $30. Dense and raspberried, the palate could almost be McLaren Vale, the flavours just a little stewed with firm desiccated tannins. The Best of the Best: 2020 Varietal Winners 2020 Sparkling Varietal Winners . Plenty to chew on with the ‘Estate’ Blue Pyrenees reds ad this is the best of the lot. Best drinking: now to fifteen years, if the tannins don’t dry things out too much. Another solid regional release from Pikes. Still well pitched. 14.5%, $65. Layers layers layers. 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