Top Wineries of Australia 2021: 40 to 37
Best known for: Arguably Australia’s most prized chardonnay cast in an unapologetically full-throttle, super-complex style. This wine steals the limelight but the two shirazes and lately pinot noir are also outstanding.
The 2018 Estate Chardonnay top-scored but the 2018 Estate Shiraz and 2018 Warner Vineyard Shiraz were hot on its hammer. The 2018 Estate Pinot Noir is also a gold-ribbon wine, the best we’ve ever seen from this maker.
39. Head Wines
Location: Barossa Valley
Best known for: Alex Head makes modern Barossa reds with lifted spicy aromatics and great elegance, with increasing emphasis on the cooler Eden Valley.
The 2017 Wilton Hill Shiraz is the top scorer, a lovely wine from the famed Mattschoss Eden Valley vineyard, while the Redhead Eden Valley Shiraz 2017 and 2018 Old Vine Shiraz also popped their heads up. Delightful wines that reveal a new-found refinement in the Barossa.
Location: Margaret River
Best known for: Michael Peterkin’s chardonnays are simply great, under both the estate and rare Vintage Reserve labels. One of the region’s original semillon sauvignon blanc blends, Pierro’s LTC is still a standard bearer while Reserve Cabernet Merlot is an exercise in elegance. The 2017 was Pierro’s top scorer.
37. Handpicked Wines
Location: Mornington Peninsula
Best known for: For a small wine business, Handpicked is impressively eclectic, selling a wide range of wines from all over not only Australia, but the world.
The relatively affordable 2017 Collection Mornington Chardonnay and 2018 Collection Barossa Grenache topped an interest-packed list, with 2019 Collection Tasmanian Chardonnay and 2018 Capella Vineyard Pinot Noir also hitting gold-ribbon scores. A 2015 Brindle Vineyard Merlot from Margaret River was the surprise packet.