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Wednesday 14 June 2023

Halliday awards finalists named

The Halliday Wine Companion has announced the shortlisted wineries, winemakers and viticulturists for the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

The finalists were chosen by a new-look tasting team headed by new chief editor Campbell Mattinson, one of the founding editors of Halliday Magazine in 2012 and a Halliday Wine Companion reviewer since 2013.

Over 8500 wines were tasted, and over 50 new wineries discovered.

The shortlist features wineries from Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, and New South Wales.

The winners will be announced on August 2 at the Stokehouse in St Kilda.

WINERY OF THE YEAR: All Saints Estate, Rutherglen; Bleasdale Vineyards, Langhorne Creek; First Creek Wines, Hunter Valley; Giant Steps, Yarra Valley; Leogate Estate Wines. Hunter Valley; Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley; Penley Estate, Coonawarra; Pepper Tree Wines, Hunter Valley; Yalumba, Eden Valley; Yangarra Estate Vineyard, McLaren Vale

WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR: Colin McBryde, Adelina Wines, Clare Valley; Gerald Naef, Patina Wines, Orange; Jim Chatto, Pepper Tree Wines, Hunter Valley; Kate Goodman, Penley Estate, Coonawarra; Mark Messenger, Juniper Estate, Margaret River; Michael Downer, Murdoch Hill, Adelaide Hills; Paul Dahlenburg, Eldorado Road & Baileys of Glenrowan, Beechworth/Glenrowan;
Sam Middleton, Mount Mary, Yarra Valley; Samantha Connew, Stargazer, Tasmania

VITICULTURIST OF THE YEAR: Bart Maloney, Vasse Felix, Margaret River; Dr Dylan Grigg, consultant, various; Jacob Stein, Robert Stein Vineyard, Mudgee; Liz Riley, Scarborough Wine Co & Mistletoe Wines, Hunter Valley; Mark Walpole, Fighting Gully Road, Beechworth; Michael Lane, Yangarra Estate Vineyard & Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard, McLaren Vale; Rhys Thomas; Swinney, Frankland River; Stuart Proud, Thousand Candles, Yarra Valley

BEST-VALUE WINERY: Billy Button Wines, Alpine Valleys; Bleasdale Vineyards, Langhorne Creek; Bondar Wines, McLaren Vale; Bremerton Wines, Langhorne Creek; Briar Ridge Vineyard, Hunter Valley; Carillion Wines, Hunter Valley; Dappled Wines, Yarra Valley; De Bortoli, Yarra Valley; Mordrelle Wines, Adelaide Hills; Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley; Two Hands Wines, Barossa Valley; Xanadu Wines, Margaret River

BEST NEW WINERY: Entropy Wines, Gippsland; Fleet Wines, Gippsland; Gaffy & Neal, Mornington Peninsula; Gentle Folk, Adelaide Hills; Joshua Cooper Wines, Victoria; MMAD, McLaren Vale; Neldner Road, Barossa Valley; Nightfall Wines, Coonawarra; Terrason Wines, Victoria; Winmark Wines, Hunter Valley

DARK HORSE WINERY: Anderson & Marsh, Alpine Valleys; Curator Wine Company, Barossa Valley; Emilian, Yarra Valley; Mount Eyre Vineyards, Hunter Valley; Topper's Mountain Wines, New England

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