The wines have been tasted and the results are in. Australia's best wines are now revealed in the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion.
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.
James Halliday has revealed the nation's top wines, winemakers and wineries for 2018 and Peter Lehmann is among the honoured being awarded;
Best of the Best Variety
Wigan Eden Valley Riesling 2012 – Rating 97 points
It’s toasty yet fresh. It’s complex yet approachable. A glorious amalgam of flavours from glace lemon and lime, juicy, with superfine acidity ensuring it is a good spot today and for some time yet.
Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2012 – Rating 97 points
Has retained exceptional deep crimson-purple colour; as the time perspective increase, so does the longevity stature of the ’12 vintage. Here an ocean of full-bodied black fruits has times of tannins and quality oak, all playing off and enhancing each other on the prodigiously long palate.
Best Wineries of the region
Peter Lehmann awarded 5 stars
Peter Lehmann Wines has had a consistent record of excellence for at least the past three years.
Our Heart and Soul
The Barossa region in South Australia is home to some of the greatest Shiraz vines in the world. The Peter Lehmann winemaking team has been making iconic Shiraz wines for over three decades.
Crafted by the next generation of Peter Lehmann winemakers, The Barossan showcases the superb fruit sourced from the many fabled sub-regions across the Barossa Valley. Lifted cherry and brooding dark fruit aromas combine seamlessly with sweet chocolate and mocha undertones to deliver an intense, generous and full bodied wine.
True to what the region has come to be known for ‘The Barossan’ is a quintessential expression of Barossa Shiraz. Drinking beautifully now with further cellaring potential.
Parcels of high quality fruit are carefully selected from across the Barossa to produce The Barossan. Our winemakers have identified varying interpretations of this classic varietal to blend together seamlessly, delivering a complex and layered wine with fruit intensity and suppleness.
A selection of the Barossa’s key growers renowned for their quality and skill, have shared their passion and pristine fruit to create this quintessential Barossa Shiraz. Each parcel speaks of the vineyard from which it comes, sharing a special and unique aspect of the sub region.
This, in combination with their experience and pursuit of perfection, has resulted in an exceptional fruit offering.
The 2015 vintage came early and was followed by a cool and dry growing season with timely rainfall at veraison. The conditions produced red wines displaying a bright, dense colour and classic varietal characteristics.
Lifted cherry and brooding dark fruit aromas combine seamlessly with sweet chocolate and mocha undertones.
An intense, generous and full bodied wine with fine tannins and a soft, supple finish.
This rich and bold wine perfectly complements the flavours of slow-roasted barbecue meat, such as a Wagyu steak.
The Barossan is available exclusively at Dan Murphys and BWS retailers.
On Monday 20th June 2017, The Australian Financial Review counted down the winners of its annual restaurant awards, crowning the 100 best restaurants in Australia at a gala event held at The Star in Sydney.
Peter Lehmann was the proud wine partner for this prestigious event, which saw owners, chefs and sommeliers from Australia’s finest dining establishments come together in anticipation of a place on the list. Unlike other industry awards, these are voted upon by the top 500 chefs and restaurateurs in the country, meaning the winners are selected by their peers rather than food critics.
Guests sipped on the multi-award winning Peter Lehmann 2011 Wigan Riesling and Peter Lehmann 2015 H&V Shiraz, alongside a creative and inspired selection of canapés from The Star’s renowned fine dining residents; Black Bar and Grill, Sokyo, Balla and Momofuku Seiobo.
2017’s top honour went to Victoria’s Brae, while chef and owner Dan Hunter received further awards, including the ‘Australia’s Top Chef’ Award.
For the full list visit : www.afr.com/australias-top-restaurants
Pictured: The incredibly talented culinary chefs from Sokyo restaurant at The Star guided by head Chef Chase Kojima (centre) showcased their traditional Japanese craftsmanship.