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Top Wineries of Australia 2021: 16 to 13

Best’s Wines: Best known for great shiraz crafted from very old vines, the oldest planted in 1868, which supply the Thomson Family and Bin No. 0 shiraz bottlings. Clonakilla: Best known for elegant, spicy shiraz viognier blend and Murrumbateman Syrah are the headline acts, but lately some single-block shiraz viogniers have appeared: T&L Vineyard Block 1 2019 and Western Vineyard 2019. Tyrrell’s: Best known for outstanding and ageworthy shiraz, semillon and chardonnay. This 163-year-old family winery owns eight of the Hunter’s handful of centenarian vineyards, its ‘Sacred Sites’. Tolpuddle: Best known for just two wines, a chardonnay and a pinot noir, but spellbinding wines! In just eight vintages this Shaw + Smith outpost has carved a solid place for itself in the highest ranks of Australian wine.

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Top Wineries of Australia 2021: 20 to 17

Bindi Wines: Best known for pinot noir in a fascinating variety of single block bottlings, chardonnay as well. Tarrawarra Estate: Best known for the Yarra cornerstones chardonnay and pinot noir, but Tarrawarra adds a lovely Rhône white blend, as well as Italian varietals barbera and nebbiolo. Vasse Felix: Best known for cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay at several levels, all of them exemplary. Wynns Coonawarra Estate: Best known for some of the finest cabernet sauvignon and shiraz in Coonawarra, produced in the atmospheric 1896 stone winery from the region’s largest acreage of prime vineyards.

Top Wineries of Australia 2021: 24 to 21

Henschke: Best known for Hill of Grace, one of Australia’s most famous wines, and an extraordinary suite of superb wines from Eden Valley riesling and shiraz to Barossa Valley GSM and Adelaide Hills chardonnay, pinot noir, sparkling wine, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc. Howard Park: Best known for a bewildering array of fine wines from chardonnay and riesling to cabernet, shiraz, sauvignon blanc and bubbly. Yering Station: Best known for Yarra Valley standards pinot noir and chardonnay, as well as a benchmark shiraz viognier and reserve cabernet sauvignon. The modestly priced Village range delivers keen value. De Bortoli: Best known for fearlessly innovative styles of Yarra pinot noir, chardonnay, shiraz and other varieties; rosé in many guises a cheerleader.

Top Wineries of Australia 2021: 28 to 25

Oakridge: best known for ultra-refined chardonnays and super-perfumed reds from pinot noir, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, the single-vineyard chardonnays being special value. Silkman: best known for semillon, chardonnay and shiraz in traditional Hunter styles. Paringa Estate: best known for outstanding pinot noir and chardonnay, including some of the peninsula’s most powerfully structured, long-lasting pinot. Hentley Farm: best known for massive reds from the western Barossa with names like The Beauty and The Beast.

Top Wineries of Australia 2021: 32 to 29

Poonawatta: best known for Poonawatta’s secret weapon is a shiraz vineyard planted in 1880. Château Tanunda: best known for an iconic building, beautifully restored, is the home of a mesmerizing array of old-vine reds, many labels indicating 50, 100 and 150-year-old vines. Shiraz, grenache, cabernet and multifarious blends. Gibson: best known for tense, ageworthy Eden Valley riesling and an array of fine Barossa and Eden reds, including Reserve label shiraz and merlot. Australian Old Vine Collection Shirazes from Barossa and Eden provide fascinating contrast. Peter Lehmann: best known for statuesque but never over-the-top Barossa reds, led by Stonewell and Eight Songs shirazes; also the Barossa’s best semillon, under the Margaret brand.