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Harpers Wine Stars Awards

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID

★★★★

“We have some die-hard Australian fans. We know what they like and need to keep those guys happy with traditional styles. What we seem to be ordering in to HarperWells is sub-£10, decent Shiraz, Cabernet, Semillon/ Sauvignon, but our sweet spot is £10-£16, and that’s what Australia should be filling. You have to search around a little – you have got young guys doing interesting things, but you have to look.” Dean Harper, HarperWells

Looking for distribution £6.47

“We’re dipping our toes in the water [with Australia], so it’s nice to try such a big range. We are working with quite small, mid to higher-end wines. There are a lot of very exciting wines from Australia, so it is a case of finding those gems.” Caroline Doyle, Borough Wines “Everyone is talking about Australia coming back – it has changed its style and become a little more restrained. On the white front we can sell dry Riesling and we have a good solid core of Chardonnay drinkers who want what they call ‘proper’ New World Chardonnay. And red Australia has never really lost ground. The rise of good Aussie Pinot has done very well for us, and big Shiraz never went away. There are still customers out there that like big rich wines.” John Hoskins MW, The Old Bridge Inn 8 January 2018 | Harpers.co.uk

Nugan Estate Beelgara Estate Shiraz 2016

★★★★

Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Chardonnay 2015 Aussie Rules Wines £14.99

★★★

Leogate Estate Wines Brokenback Vineyard Semillon 2015

PADTHAWAY

TASMANIA

★★★★

★★★★★

STAR OF PADTHAWAY

Morambro Creek Wines Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet 2016

Free Run Wines £12.49 Pitched at a supermarket audience, this delivered good value with its fruity, punchy, ripe style, with plummy and earthy concentration, good for pairing with flavoursome food and finishing very long.

Looking for distribution £8

★★★

Calabria Family Wines 3 Bridges Chardonnay 2016

Looking for distribution £13.55

★★★

Calabria Family Wines Calabria Private Bin Montepulciano 2016 Looking for distribution £8.85

★★★

Grove Estate Wines The Cellar Block Shiraz/ Viognier 2016

Looking for distribution £22.39

★★★

Berton Vineyards Metal Range Durif 2017 Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines £10.99

★★★

Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Verdelho 2016 Aussie Rules Wines £14.99

★★★

Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Tempranillo 2016 Aussie Rules Wines £14.99

STAR OF TASMANIA

BB Tasmanian Estates Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir 2014

Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies £22.25 Clean, bright and vibrant, showing sweet cherry fruit, underscored with a hint of spice while developing savoury and gently gamey nuances, this showed all the cool-climate qualities of good Tasmanian Pinot to the full.

★★★★

Berton Vineyards Winemakers Reserve Black Shiraz 2016

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines £11.49

★★★

Morambro Creek Wines Jip Jip Rocks Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Free Run Wines £11.99

★★★★

Brown Brothers 1 8 Eighty Nine Sauvignon Blanc 2016 John E Fells & Sons £15.49

★★★★

BB Tasmanian Estates Pirie Brut NV Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies £34

Harpers Wine Stars Australia 2018  
Harpers Wine Stars Australia 2018  
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