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Wednesday 3 August 2022

Pooley grabs winery of the year honours

Family-owned and -operated Pooley Wines from Tasmania's Coal River Valley were last night named winey of the year at the 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards in Melbourne. 

Regular readers of GOTR will be very familiar with the wines made by the Pooley family. 

This year’s major awards-represented regions include Margaret River, Tasmania, Yarra Valley, Great Western, and Adelaide Hills, with the varietal winners spanning five states: South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania.

This year’s results are a wonderful testimony to the tremendous diversity of Australian wine at the top of its game," said editor Tyson Stelzer. 

"Our winners hail from the who’s who of large estates in famous regions and from small boutiques in remote outposts. It’s exciting to see unexpected places and estates stepping forward with wines that have topped their classes."

The awards mark the release of the wine-enthusiast’s bible, the 2023 Halliday Wine Companion, available in stores nationally from today. 

Winery of the Year – Pooley Wines, Tasmania

Winemaker of the Year – Glenn Goodall, Xanadu Wines, Margaret River, WA

Viticulturist of the Year – Tom Carson, Serrat, Yarra Valley, VIC

Best New Winery – Living Roots, Adelaide Hills, SA

Dark Horse Winery – L.A.S. Vino, Margaret River, WA

Best Value Winery – Deep Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA

Wine of the Year – Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western 


Sparkling White of the Year – Gilbert Family Wines Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016 Orange 

Sparkling Red of the Year – Teusner MC Sparkling Shiraz 2017 Barossa Valley 

Sparkling Rosé of the Year – Pipers Brook Vineyard Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2017 Tasmania 

Rosé of the Year – Spinifex Luxe 2021 Barossa 

Sauvignon Blanc of the Year – Flowstone Wines Queen of the Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Margaret River

Other Whites (and Blends) of the Year – Briar Ridge Vineyard Albariño 2021 Hunter Valley 

Semillon of the Year – Brokenwood Sunshine Vineyard Semillon 2014 Hunter Valley 

Riesling of the Year (two winners) – Henschke Julius Riesling 2021 Eden Valley & Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western 

Chardonnay of the Year – Stella Bella Wines Luminosa Chardonnay 2020 Margaret River

Pinot Noir of the Year – Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir 2020 Tasmania 

Grenache (and Blends) of the Year – Chalk Hill Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache 2020 McLaren Vale 

Other Reds (and Blends) of the Year – Koomilya Cabernet Touriga 2018 McLaren Vale 

Shiraz of the Year – Battles Wine Granitis Shiraz 2020 Perth Hills 

Cabernet Shiraz of the Year – Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2020 McLaren Vale

Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year – Bleasdale Vineyards The Iron Duke Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Langhorne Creek

Cabernet Sauvignon (and Family) of the Year – Mount Mary Quintet 2020 Yarra Valley 

Sweet Wine of the Year – Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling 2019 Victoria 

Fortified Wine of the Year – Seppeltsfield 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny 1922 Barossa 

More than 8000 wines were tasted for the 2023 Halliday Wine Companion, from over 1100 wineries (including over 50 new wineries).

The 2023 Halliday Wine Companion, published by Hardie Grant Books, is now available nationwide at an RRP of $39.95.

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