Winners of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards

Australia’s king of the wine boffins (and untamed eyebrows), the much lauded James Halliday AM, in association with Wine Companion magazine and Hardie Grant Publishing, last night announced the winners of the inaugural James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards.

Designed to highlight outstanding quality, the awards celebrated wineries large and small, ahead of the release of the 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion on Thursday, 25 July.

James Halliday said of the awards, “The time was right to celebrate the Australian wine industry’s finest. We’ve never before had a ceremony like this and it’s a fantastic way to recognise those wines and producers that are truly remarkable. It’s been a great year for over-performers.”

The four major awards of the evening were Winery of the Year, Wine of the Year, Dark Horse of the Year and New Winery of the Year.

And those lucky winners are:

Wine of the Year

Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Winery of the Year


New Winery of the Year

Rob Dolan Wines

Dark Horse of the Year

Singlefile Wines

Varietal awards were also announced:


Sparkling Wine

Arras Blanc de Blanc 2004


Castle Rock Estate A&W Reserve Great Southern Riesling 2011


Brokenwood ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon 2011


Giaconda Chardonnay 2011

Sav B / Sem Sav Blanc

Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Pinot Noir

Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Other Reds

Best’s Old Vine Great Western Pinot Meunier 2011


Penfolds Grange 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2009


Seppetsfield 100 Year Old Para Liqueur 1913

Other Whites & Blends

Tahbilk 1927 Marsanne 2003

Sparkling Red

Ashton Hills Sparkling Shiraz 2006

Shiraz Viognier

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2012

Cabernet & Family

Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009

Shiraz & Family

Jacob’s Creek St Hugo Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2010

Congratulations to all the winners!

Have you been lucky enough to try any of these wines yourself? (The Shaw + Smith Sauv Blanc 2012 is a big fave here. Can’t say the purse strings stretch to the ’08 Grange though). Let us know by leaving a comment below!


  1. Annie

    Tasted the 2010 Bass Phillip, 2011 Giaconda actually all the wines as I was lucky enough to be there….what a night!!

    1. No way! Lucky you Annie 🙂 What was your personal fave from the evening?

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