Top Wineries of Australia 2020: 4 to 1

4. Clonakilla

Location: Canberra District.
Best known for: Its ground-breaking shiraz viognier blend, which had its genesis in 1992.

The 2018 Shiraz Viognier is a cracking wine, one of Tim Kirk’s best ever, but the entire range is splendid and the pure shiraz labelled ‘Syrah’ 2018 is every bit as good as the shiraz viognier. The house style is restrained, elegant, perfumed and very beautiful – the finesse extending to the 2019 Viognier and Riesling.


3. Mount Pleasant

Location: Hunter Valley.
Best known for: Classic regional shiraz and semillon, produced from some of the oldest, most historic vineyards in the Hunter, Australia’s oldest wine region.

Single-block, single-vineyard wines from vines dating back as far as 1880 were the greatest excitement, capped off by the brilliant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz 2017. The 1946 Vines Rosehill Shiraz 2018 is simply brilliant.


2. Tyrrell’s

Location: Hunter Valley.
Best known for: Single vineyard shiraz and semillon, many of the vineyards over 100 years old.

Venerable 162-year-old family-owned winery making benchmark regional wines from shiraz, semillon and chardonnay. Tyrrell’s Vat 47 is the original Australian chardonnay. The 2017 shirazes are outstanding, but the re-released 2014 Four Acres Shiraz, Johnno’s Shiraz and Stevens Semillon are the clinchers.


1. Cullen

Location: Margaret River.
Best known for: Sublime chardonnay and supremely elegant cabernet merlot blend Diana Madeline, named after winemaker Vanya Cullen’s mother.

Great biodynamic vineyard making an array of chardonnays and cabernets based on lunar phases, several of which rated extremely highly with us. Biodynamic, yes, but it’s the attention to detail and understanding of quality that count. The 2018 Kevin John Chardonnay and 2018 Diana Madeline starred.


4 thoughts on “Top Wineries of Australia 2020: 4 to 1”

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    Francis jones says:

    Seriously looks an Eastern State push.
    How come little mention of the Victorian or evenmore, the South Australian winerys.
    Read this ranking with a huge handful of salt!!!

    1. Huon Hooke
      Huon Hooke says:

      Take a moment to read the full list!
      There are 32 South Australian wineries in the top 100 and 71 in the top 200. That’s a huge proportion.
      And if Victoria isn’t ‘eastern states’, I don’t know what is!

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    Steve says:

    I like to know how I can get a video on how wine is processed from start to finish.

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      Philip Lindsay says:

      Search Youtube

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