Halliday 2018 Results

Halliday 2018 Results

Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Results

We submitted four wines in this years Halliday Wine Companion and are pleased to announce that all four wines once again received a rating of over 90 points.

Product Review Rating
Stonefish NERO Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon ✪ 2014 Stonefish Nero Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
Sways with energy, concentrated cassis, currants and boysenberries doused in Middle Eastern spices and cedary oak. Full-bodied and structured with substantial tannins yet maintains a vibrancy and freshness throughout.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018
2015 Stonefish Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ✪ 2015 Stonefish Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
It’s vibrant and tangy with an abundance of blackberries and mulberries, choc-mint and screams Margaret River. Somewhat sinewy with puckering acidity and needs more time to gel.”
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 92 rating
Stonefish Reserve Shiraz 2015

2015 Stonefish Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz
Atypical with a deep dark garnet, glossy sheen to the palate with plenty of ripe to overripe fruit with apricot kernel and spicy too. Somewhat ballsy with the oak but all balanced.”

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 92 rating
Stonefish Nero Shiraz 2013

2013 Stonefish Nero Barossa Valley Shiraz
This is so concentrated and pitch-black, just a rim of garnet; apparently old vines are the source – the only mention is some up to 70 years old, so that’s not really helpful. Big fruit, big palate, big tannins and lashings of oak. The style has its fans and won’t disappoint.

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 91 Rating

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

Keenly anticipated each year by winemakers, collectors and wine lovers, the Halliday Wine Companion is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine.

In his inimitable style, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine through detailed tasting notes, each with vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking as well as each wine’s closure, alcohol content and price. He provides information about the wineries, winemakers and other important details such as vineyard sizes, opening times, contact details and website addresses.

The Wine Companion is an indispensable reference from the country’s leading wine authority and a must-have guide for anyone visiting a winegrowing region, or wanting to replenish their cellar or wine rack.

You can purchase the Halliday Wine Companion 2018 guide here.

About the Author

James Halliday is Australia’s most respected wine critic, wine writer and vigneron. He regularly judges at wine shows both in Australia and overseas, and is a leading authority on all aspects of the wine industry. James has written or contributed to no fewer than 70 books on wine and has been widely published around the world. As a founder of Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, and then Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, James provides perspective on the wine world from the planting and pruning of vines through to the creation and marketing of the finished product. His winemaking has led him to annual sojourns to Bordeaux and Burgundy where he owns a property. In 1995 James was awarded the wine industry’s ultimate accolade, the Maurice O’Shea Award and in 2010 James was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the wine industry.

Little Fish in a Big Pond

Little Fish in a Big Pond

Stonefish Wines, a small boutique Australian wine brand, has just been added to the wine list of the World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge. An impressive eight wines from the Stonefish range are now available by the glass at Hong Kong, Sydney and Brisbane lounges.

Stonefish joins a host of some of the world’s best wine brands, including Penfolds and Jacob’s Creek, listed on the group’s menu, making it a significant achievement for the humble, privately-owned label.

Wines selected for addition include; Stonefish Sauvignon Blanc, Stonefish Chardonnay, Stonefish Shiraz, Stonefish Brut Cuvée, Stonefish Reserve Shiraz, Stonefish Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Stonefish Platinum Chardonnay Pinot Noir.

The Plaza Premium Lounge, headquartered in Hong Kong is the world’s largest independent airport lounge network, found in over 140 locations of 35 international airports around the world. Serving over 11 million passengers around the world annually, this announcement will drive a huge amount of international exposure for the Stonefish brand.

The collective goal of the lounge network is to ‘enhance your airport experience’ with a dedication to ‘providing quality services and surpassing travelers’ expectation’. This is congruent with the continued goal of Peter Papanikitas, owner of Stonefish Wines, who has always sought to produce wines that consistently impress wine connoisseurs and everyday drinkers alike.

Of the selection, Peter commented, “Success is determined by those who prove the impossible is possible”. A big splash indeed for the favourite Aussie wine.

Wine Range now available at Plaza Premium Lounge
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Red carpet event in honour of Stonefish success in China

Red carpet event in honour of Stonefish success in China

A prestigious event co-ordinated by China Wine Platform was held today in Chengdu China to celebrate the success of Stonefish wines and provide a sneak peek at the new ‘Vision’ range, officially launching in Beijing on the 18th of this month. The red carpet event was attended by over 100 special guests, primarily industry heavy weights, press and other VIP’s.

During the event, creator of Stonefish Wines, Mr Peter Papanikitas was interviewed by local media about the growing success of the brand and how he plans to continue building upon the extraordinary momentum in the Chinese market.

Suitably impressed by the scale of the event, Mr Papanikitas remarked “China Wine Platform have done an amazing job with Stonefish wine in China, especially my incredible agent, Mr Greg Li. Everyone here is so passionate about my brand, it’s truly remarkable to see how far Stonefish has come. It’s the fulfilment of a dream after many years of hard work.”

The Stonefish Vision range was developed by Peter exclusively for the Chinese market. It’s a small range, consisting of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

Halliday 2017 Results

Halliday 2017 Results

Halliday 2017 Results

Product Review Rating
✪ 2014 Stonefish Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River is the go-to region par excellence if you are prepared to pay for quality at a win-win price, and to do so over time. This has it all: bell-clear blackcurrant fruit, black olive and dried herbs the tannins round and ripe.
✪ 2013 Stonefish ICON Barossa Valley Shiraz
“An ultra full-bodied shiraz, hand-picked, open-fermented and matured in new and used French oak. The masses of savoury extract is so intense it approaches (although ultimately falls short of) outright bitterness.”

2013 Stonefish Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz
“This is full-bodied, with plenty of fruit, but sandblasted by the amount of oak. Those who love oak should try it out ? they may love it.”

2012 Stonefish ‘Raffaele’ Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
The first signs of moving out of primary into secondary mode look as if they may soon gather pace; there are some earthy/briary notes (and violets) joining the fruit.”

Halliday 2016 Results

Halliday 2016 Results

Halliday 2016 Results

Product Review Rating
Award-BottleShots_2012-Icon ✪ 2012 Icon Barossa Valley Shiraz
“Hand-picked, open-fermented, matured in new and used French oak. In a bottle weighing several kgs. Vivid crimson-purple colour heralds a high quality wine and expensive package, the cork the best money can buy; there is a perfect symbiosis between the blackberry fruits and exactly judged and integrated French oak. This is a giant leap forward for the Stonefish brand.”
Award-BottleShots_Reserve-Shiraz-2012 ✪ 2012 Reserve Barossa Shiraz
“This is a very smart Barossa shiraz, immediately ticking all the boxes; there is an energy to the purple fruits that lifts the finish into a fresh, juicy mouthfeel; soft, ripe tannins and integrated oak add a dimension to the well balanced plummy finish.”
Award-BottleShots_2013-Margaret-River-Shiraz 2013 Margaret River Shiraz
“Light, clear crimson; a light to medium-bodied fresh and juicy wine with red fruits dominant and some black cherry nuances; no obvious oak. Drink tonight and be happy stuff. Well priced.”
Award-BottleShots_2012-Blackwood-Valley-Merlot 2012 Blackwood Valley Merlot
“Another carefully sourced and well made wine under the Stonefish umbrella; notes of cassis and sweet plum fruit will meet the target market.”

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