Harpers Wine Stars Awards
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID “People come in for iconic wines made in an unashamedly Aussie way, but we also have people who experiment and we have new and funky and natural Aussie wines. But what we haven’t seen is a huge shift to modern styles of Aussie Chardonnay, leaner styles – people are looking for a bit more flesh on the bone. “Pricing hasn’t helped Australia and there has been without doubt a bit of a slowdown across the board, which is a shame. There are a few of the avant garde, garagiste wines that create a lot of noise, but perhaps only sell a couple of hundred boxes a year – the commercial reality is often quite different to what is written about.” Noel Young, Noel Young Wines “The whites from Clare and Eden were particularly strong. What is really interesting about Australia is how unashamedly modern it is. It is not trying to emulate anyone else, it has an identity that screams Australia. “What is great is that we can provide a really commercial offering, but at the same time can have a lot of fun at a more premium level, with things like Italian varietals, at the £15 to £20 price bracket, and that is what we are seeing really work for us. “There is a mix between ambitious wines and those made in the more traditional styles – there is the whole spectrum, something for everyone.” Charles Cutteridge, Majestic Wine 4 January 2018 | Harpers.co.uk
THE RESULTS ADELAIDE HILLS ★★★★
STAR OF ADELAIDE HILLS
Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Grüner Veltliner 2017
Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies £20 One that draws the eye on the shelf, combining clear impact with useful info on the label, hinting at the style inside. This proved a vibrant, fresh, lime-citrus infused wine, intense, with good acidity, fantastic balance, an elegant finish and worthy food wine.
Hahndorf Hill GRU Grüner Veltliner 2016
Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies £23
BAROSSA & MCLAREN VALE ★★★★★
STAR OF BAROSSA & MCLAREN VALE
Angas & Bremer Shiraz 2015
Carson Wines £15.99 A hugely characterful wine, with cool design and a reasonable price tag. A superbly balanced, fleshy, expressive style, with blackberries, a hint of menthol, black fruit, liquorice and chocolate, with a long finish.
Château Tanunda Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre Cinsault Carignan 2015
Conviviality £15 This engaging blend impressed the judges with its wellintegrated, balanced, complex nature, delivering bags of character but with a fresh, lingering finish. Blackcurrants, cherry, pepper and all-spice notes were among the medley of aromas and flavours packed into this wine.
Château Tanunda Parishes Shiraz Cabernet 2015
Conviviality £10 There was great value to be found in this bright, direct, berry-fruity, spicy blend, with well-integrated tannins and an elegance throughout on a well-balanced wine showing some good complexity, with an appealing label to boot.
Calabria Family Wines 3 Bridges Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Looking for distribution £14.75 Judged good value, with a label that fitted the bill, this expressive Cabernet revealed classic blackcurrent fruit with a hint of bay, being supple, with balanced tannins, with a lush and velvety mouthfeel into a long, slightly spicy finish.
Calabria Family Wines 3 Bridges Shiraz 2016
Looking for distribution £14.75 Clean, clear, classic labelling pointing to premium wine at a good price, backed by the contents of the bottle. This Shiraz expressed big, juicy, ripe aromas, with bags of plummy and cherry fruit on a palate folding in sweet tannins and oak spices, with superb fruit giving great length.
Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red 2015
Mentzendorff & Co £14.30 Described as an interesting wine at an approachable price, with eye-catching, honest and creative design, this delivered on all counts. Herby notes, along with currant fruit and more savoury and spicy edges delivered a rich, fleshy, complex mouthful, with ripeness balanced by good acidity.
Hentley Farm Villain and Vixen Shiraz 2016
Carson Wines £19.99 With an arresting label that makes you want to pick up the bottle, this offered plenty of bang in the bottle. Dark red fruit, liquorice and pepper led into a palate drenched in dense, dark fruit, with inky depths lingering on a long, full and satisfying finish.
A WORD ON PRICES All prices given are approximate recommended retail prices (RRP) from suppliers for purposes of comparison, regardless of whether a wine may be exclusively aimed at on- or off-trade channels, and thus not necessarily indicative of availability to the off-trade. For more details please contact the supplier or producer named under each listing.
Published on Jan 12, 2018