Huon’s best Australian wines of 2018

It’s been a bountiful year for high-end Australian wines. It was a mouth-watering task to trawl through the year’s tastings and compile this list. All of the wines here (except the mature white and red) were available at the time they were tasted, in 2018, although many will be scarce and expensive, as is the nature of anything great. Neither price nor rarity were considered in making the list.

It was a mouth-watering task to trawl through the year’s tastings and compile this list.

Re-living these experiences, I am reminded of what a lucky bastard I am to do this for a living. And also that despite the effects of climate change and the many obstacles that are thrown in their way, our wine producers are constantly striving for better, and generally succeeding.

Next week, I’ll round up the best value for money wines of 2018.





Other White Varieties

Pinot Noir

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet blends


(then came dozens of wines on 96 points)


Other Red Varieties

Sweet Whites

Best Mature Red & White (from random dinners)

5 thoughts on “Huon’s best Australian wines of 2018”

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    Stan Gyles says:

    I am absolutely astounded that in the list of NZ vineyards you do not include Two Degrees. In just 9 vintages they have won 3 trophies as the best Pinot Noir in NZ. Located in the sub region of Queensberry in Central Otago the 2009, 2014 and 2016 won trophies at the Air NZ and Royal Easter Show.
    The 2017 was acclaimed at the 2019 Central Otago Pinot Noir celebration last week end. It is outstanding. Kindly have a look at it.

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    Anne says:

    An extraordinarily informative and exciting list. Thank you Huon.

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    Richard says:

    List is a bit crap, Halliday’s version offers far more detail with scores, price points, etc

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      The Real Review Team says:

      Hi Richard,
      Thank you for your comment. Should you click on the links provided you’ll find the awards we’ve given the wines, the price and the wine’s ranking relative to other wines of the same variety and vintage. As a subscriber, you would have full access to the detailed tasting notes, scores and cellaring guidelines. These are the benefits of being a subscriber, and we would invite you to join up!

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    Francis says:

    Nailed it.

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