Halliday Wine Companion 2022



We are proud once again to have received a Red 5 Star rating in the Halliday Wine Companion 2022.

This year we had 11 wines included in with a score of 90+, which are listed below:

2018 The Gaffer Shiraz 95 Points

  • “Has all one could wish for in a wine that speaks so clearly of its place, yet does so without bombast. The colour is bright, the bouquet with aromas of plum, spice and dark chocolate, the medium-bodied palate in total synchrony.” James Halliday


2014 The Chap Shiraz/Cabernet 95 Points

  • “Shiraz/cabernet sauvignon. The sort of powerful, inimitable expression that defines the echelon of super-premium South Australian wine. A blend of 2 disparate regions renowned for warm-climate shiraz and cabernet respectively. Malty oak scents. Cedar, leaf, licorice and cigar box, too. Dark plum. Asian spice. There is an umami breadth to this, imparted by a bit of bottle age. The tannins are resolving nicely, yet with plenty of strength and sinew left to carry this to a rewarding maturity.” Ned Goodwin


2019 Montepulciano d’Adelaide 94 Points

  • “Predominantly Adelaide Hills–grown fruit from one of the earliest growers of this increasingly exciting variety. There’s a captivating purity to this beautifully medium-weight wine, with lingering cherry cola-esque aromas and flavours. An even coat of tannins is balanced by prominent fruit. A delicious drink, and one of the higher achievers in this class.” Tony Love


2020 Mrs. Pinot Gris 93 Points

  • “Neatly tuned to the traditional gris styling, with orchard florals and cut-pear aromas leading to a rounder, textured palate that brings a lovely complete feel to the wine. mouth-filling, with lingering pomme fruit flavours and a satisfying finish.” Tony Love


2018 Burnt Block Shiraz 93 Points

  • “A densely packed shiraz boasting a well-wrought firmament of detailed tannins. Really fine tannins! Cherry Ripe, licorice straps, lilac, bergamot, lavender, bitter chocolate and vanilla-pod scents, the latter derived from the smart kit of oak. The finish is long and grapey, defined by a cool tension, ample oak and an uncanny precision for a wine of this corpulence. Slick.”  Ned Goodwin


2018 J.F.R. McLaren Vale Shiraz 93 Points

  • “Previously known simply as the McLaren Vale Shiraz, now named for John Frederick Riggs, the winemaker’s late father. This is the stylistic counterpoint to the similarly priced Burnt Block. More typically McLaren Vale, I suppose. Looser knit. 20 months in predominantly French oak (35% new) sets the stage. Bitter chocolate, ground coffee and mocha scents swirl about a core of violet and dark-fruit aspersions, finishing with a saline pull of acidity. Loads of wine trying to make room in the bottle.”  Ned Goodwin


2020Woodside Sauvignon Blanc 92 Points

  • “Tapping into the Adelaide Hills’ regional pop-star variety, this has all the expected vibrant tropical fruit aromatics, passionfruit of course, with typical herbal extras, lantana bush and tomato leaf. It’s all aided by well-balanced acidity with mid-palate richness that adds some structure to the finish. Decent summer drinking.” Tony Love


2019 Piebald Syrah 92 Points

  • “Attractive bright purple in the glass and a compelling fragrance. In the past this wine has taken in some viognier, hence its name, though now it is pure shiraz in cooler-climate clothes. Spicy and tangy, just a touch of palate grip and bitterness to belt out a smart duet with a decent slice of barbecued rump steak.” Tony Love

2019 The Magnet Grenache 91 Points

  • “A light ruby, almost pinotesque. The aromas a whir of cranberry, rosewater, pomegranate, kirsch and sandalwood. Medium of feel despite its warmth, this sits in the mouth with a confident poise.” Ned Goodwin


2020 Preservative Free Shiraz 90 Points

  • “A vivid purple, like pouring freshly made grape juice into a glass. Oodles of pulpy purple-fruit scents, violet, lavender, vanilla and malted caraway. Enticing. Inviting. Full and plush, with a dollop of sweetness to temper some chamois tannins across the finish.” Ned Goodwin


2019 Outpost Cabernet 90 Points

  • “Blazing purple-inky hue; it has all the regional flavours the variety can muster from cassis, ripe mulberries, mint-choc to loads of rosemary (verging on too much unless a lamb roast is on the table). The full-bodied palate is firm, the tannins stern and while the oak imparts sweetness as much as tannins, this will benefit from cellaring. As always, great value.” Jane Faulkner

Time now for a glass to celebrate.




Ben Riggs.