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At a sparkling gala dinner on the 28th July

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Winners of the 2015 Qantas epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards were announced at a sparkling gala dinner on the 28th July . The annual event marked the release of the 2016 Halliday Wine Companion, which is published by Hardie Grant Books and is on sale now.

The awards were held at the Melbourne Museum, attracting many prominent Australians who honoured the very best of Australian wine produced at vineyards across the country.

Six major awards were announced: Wine of the Year, Winery of the Year, Winemaker of the Year, Best New Winery of the Year, Best Value Winery of the Year, and Dark Horse Winery of the Year. Ten of the coveted varietal awards were also announced.

Revered wine critic James Halliday AM, founder and author of the Halliday Wine Companion, said, “The wine industry is becoming ever more global and more competitive, with a historic realignment between the markets of Europe and North America to Asia, with China now Australia’s largest market for its finest wines, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, the US and the UK (in descending order of value). Across all price points, Australian wines were exported to 123 countries by 1385 exporters of 17,387 brands.”

Major award winners

  • Wine of the Year: (sponsored by Qantas epiQure): Serrat 2014 Shiraz Viognier, Yarra Valley, VIC
  • Winery of the Year: (sponsored by Tourism Australia): Tahbilk, Nagambie Lakes, VIC
  • Winemaker of the Year: Peter Fraser from Yangarra Estate, Kangarilla, SA –
  • Best Value Winery of the Year: (sponsored by Kennards Wine Storage): West Cape Howe, Mt Barker, WA
  • Best New Winery: (sponsored by Subzero Wolf): Bicknell fc, Gladysdale, VIC.
  • Dark Horse Winery of the Year: (sponsored by Qantas epiQure): Terindah Estate, Geelong,

Varietal winners

  • Sparkling: 2008 Jansz Tasmania Single Vineyard Vintage Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer); 96 points; $65
  • Riesling: 2004 Crawford River Reserve Riesling; 98 points; $92
  • Semillon: 2009 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon; 97 points; $70
  • Sauvignon Blanc: 2014 Terre a Terre Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Sauvignon Blanc; 97 points; $35
  • Chardonnay: 2013 Deep Woods Estate Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay;98 points; $35
  • Pinot Noir: 2013 Mount Mary Yarra Valley Pinot Noir; 98 points; $120
  • Other Reds: 2013 Cullen Diana Madeline; 98 points; $115
  • Shiraz: 2014 Serrat Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier; 99 points; $40 (also Wine of the Year)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 2011 Devil’s Lair 9th Chamber Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (Campbell Mattinson); 98 points; $120
  • Fortifieds: 1915 Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Liqueur; 100 points; $500 (100ml)

Guests at the invitation-only event enjoyed $117,000 worth of the year’s best wines, which complemented a five-course degustation menu incorporating produce from Qantas’ finest First Class suppliers.

Read more about the 2016 Halliday Wine Companion here »

See links below for more information the award winning wineries.

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