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Feature Wine Stars Awards Harpers ★★★

Gatt Wines High Eden Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Looking for distribution £39.99

★★★

Gatt Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Looking for distribution £39.99

COONAWARRA ★★★★★ STAR OF COONAWARRA

★★★★★

Coonawarra Premium Wines McBains of Coonawarra 2015

Looking for distribution £12 Described as a fun and fresh wine, with classy, clear, understandable presentation, this was packed with dark cherry, almond and vanilla notes, with hints of toast and spice, all wrapped up in silky tannins and a nice balance of oak and acidity.

★★★★★ & STAR TASTE

Rymill Coonawarra Dark Horse 2015

Looking for distribution £12.99 A “dark horse” indeed, showing spicily textured fresh red and Christmas-pudding fruits, with powerful, balanced depths adding complexity, lifted by fresh acidity. Simple but classy presentation, plus great value combined for an engaging and approachable overall offer.

The Limestone Coast Group Hidden Sea Shiraz 2015

Kingsland Drinks £9.99 Looking different and unusual, with top marks for value for money, this wine was big on varietal character, with plenty to recommend. Dark chocolate and cherry aromas met with liquorice and cassis depths, enlivened with peppery spice, showing fantastic balance. Powerful but with lively, crunchy acidity.

★★★★ ★★★★★

Rymill Coonawarra Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Looking for distribution £9.99 With clear, honest and pretty presentation, and nice, full structure delivering much for the price, this proved to be a classic Coonawarra Cabernet, offering minty, currant, tobacco notes, with big but integrated tannins, punchy depths, but with a silky edge.

6 January 2018 | Harpers.co.uk

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Berkmanns Wine Cellar £25

★★★★

The Limestone Coast Group Hidden Sea Sauvignon Blanc 2016

CROSS-REGION BLENDS ★★★★

STAR OF CROSS-REGION BLENDS

Casella Family Brands Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio 2017

Casella Family Brands (Europe) £7 With its jauntily recognisable critter branding and pricing fit for purpose, this wine had crisp, clean style, with hints of soft stone fruit, good acidity and easy appeal, this impressed as a good all-rounder and with an easy-drinking style.

★★★★

Casella Family Brands Yellow Tail Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Casella Family Brands (Europe) £7

★★★★

Schild Estate Wines Barossa Valley GMS 2015

Kingsland Drinks £9.99

Schild Estate Wines Majestic Wines £12.99

★★★

★★★

Looking for distribution £12

Louis Latour £20

Kingston Estate Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Wakefield/Taylors Wines Jaraman Shiraz 2015

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID “Australia is starting to make world-class Pinot Noir now, and Western Australia is making fresher, cleaner styles of wine, which we are seeing here. Sauvignon/Semillon blends are a great mix, and some of these examples are very good. Everything is going up, the whole premium focus is beginning to trickle down throughout the quality of the wines.” Theo Sloot, Oxford Wine Company “Australia has plateaued slightly. There are a lot of interesting parts of Europe doing what Australia was doing a few years ago and that whole Old-versus-New-World divide has distorted slightly, with a lot of Australian wines having a foot in the Old World [stylistically]. “When the economy is unpredictable customers go with familiarity, so at the moment customers want the well-established styles from Australia. Michael Patterson, D&D Restaurant Group “Australia has never got people to go up the graph, taking people on the journey from really cheap, which is still doing its stuff, to really nice stuff at £12 and £15 above. But taste these wines now and they are great. Customers are loyal to grape varieties with Australia, they want wines like Shiraz that aren’t too big and bold, but don’t look too European – something in between.” Dawn Davies MW, Speciality Drinks

Harpers Wine Stars Australia 2018  
Harpers Wine Stars Australia 2018  
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