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Wednesday 3 August 2016

The guru has spoken. Australia's wine bible released

It is the book you find in just about every winery in Australia; and in the homes of the vast majority of wine lovers. 

James Halliday is the guru of the Australian wine industry. Love him or find his omnipresence annoying, he is the man the wine business cannot ignore. 

The launch of the new Halliday Wine Companion annual is eagerly awaited by producers anxious to see if their rating has gone up or down, and by aficionados eager to pick up a bargain if Halliday has praised a small or lesser-known label. 

The 2017 edition hits the bookshops on August 4 with notes on the best of over 9,000 wines tasted by Halliday and his able cohorts Campbell Mattinson and Tyson Stelzer. 

The new release contains more than 1300 winery profiles (including 68 newcomers), full tasting notes for almost 4,000 wines, a best-of-the-best listing of wines by variety, a list of the best five-star wineries in each region, vintage charts and a regional index. 

All of the top seven sparkling wines are from Tasmania, six from House of Arras, and there are the usual sprinklings of 98s and 99s. To discover them all you'll need to buy the book. 

The six major awards are: 

Wine of the year: Best's 2014 Thomson Family Great Western Shiraz 
Winery of the year: Mount Pleasant, Hunter Valley  
Winemaker of the year: Sarah Crowe, Yarra Yering, Yarra Valley
Best-value winery of the year: Larry Cherubino Wines, Western Australia
Best new winery: Bondar Wines, McLaren Vale
Dark horse winery: Arlewood Estate, Margaret River

Halliday Wine Companion is published by Hardie Grant and retails for $39.99       

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