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.

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