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James Halliday’s favourite wines of the year

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Noted as one of the most respected wine critics in the world, James Halliday’s annual Australian Wine Companion book was released today with a swag of awards for the nation’s best drops.

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This year’s major award-winners were greatly anticipated – the tick of approval from Halliday virtually guarantees success for a winery and its wines.

Wine of the Year: 2011 Xanadu Stevens Road Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, WA

Winery of the Year: Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley, SA

Dark Horse of the Year: Haselgrove Wines, McLaren Vale, SA

New Winery of the Year: Flowstone, Margaret River, WA

Winemaker of the Year: Castle Rock Estate’s Rob Diletti, WA

Best Value Winery of the Year: Hoddles Creek Estate, Yarra Valley, VIC

Having been at the forefront of the wine industry for more than four decades, with more than 65 books and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles to his name, as well as two incredibly successful wineries, Halliday’s is the ultimate authority on Australian wine.

“The 2012 and ’13 vintages produced wonderful wines from both long-established wineries and newly arrived winemakers – the awards celebrate this diversity in our industry,” he says.

Check out more from the guide at www.winecompanion.com.au.

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