Our results for the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Halliday Wine Companion award results for Austin's

5 red star winery – again!

We have maintained our 5 red star winery rating for the third year running. What does this mean?

Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years.

Each year we eagerly await our ratings in the James Halliday Wine Companion, the wine rating bible in the Australian wine world. It is a great way to get ratings year on year for a benchmarking assignment for your own wines, as well as others.

We are extremely proud and humbled to be a 5-red star Halliday rated winery, which acknowledges our long track record of excellence, with consistent outstanding scores achieved by our wines.

The scores are now in for 2020 and we are pleased to announce that this year is no different to previous…we have achieved gold and silver aplenty!


Our Scores:

(Please note the release date for some of the wines will be October.)

Late Harvest Riesling

Austin’s Late Harvest Riesling 2018 – BUY NOW
96 Points (Gold)

“This estate has a fine hand with riesling and the vineyards are clearly well situated, attesting to the superlative fruit. Lightweight, balletic, a whisper across the palate until the high wired acidity and mineral crunch unravels to reveal lime curd, ginger, marmalade, quince and tonic, all exploding across a rapier-like finish of precision and savour.” – Ned Goodwin

Our Austin’s Late Harvest Riesling made the ‘best of list- Sweet wine’. That’s right, it is in the to three sweet wines in Australia.

Austin's Riesling Wine

Austin’s Riesling 2018 – BUY NOW
96 Points (Gold)

“This is exceptional riesling. Juicy and taut. Crunchy, yet free flowing. Nothing hard or abrasive about its pH/acidity. Just a waterfall of lime, quince, blossom and apricot pith notes, punctuated by a slate-like minerality. Effortless. Filigreed. Balletic. Long. I could drink a great deal of this.” – Ned Goodwin

Austin's Riesling Wine

Austins & Co. Ruby May Pinot Noir 2016
95 Points (Gold) – contact us to purchase

“33% whole-bunch, cold-soaked for 4 days, before regular plunging across time on skins. The result is a sturdy pinot of ample fruit and ferrous structure. Notes of clove, cardamon and turmeric meld to accents of freshly crushed strawberries and strewn peppery herb. This is delicious. Everything is in place. Power and grace in the glass.” – Ned Goodwin

Austins & Co. Ellyse Chardonnay 2017
94 Points (Silver) – contact us to purchase

“Hand-harvested fruit across a moderate, attenuated growing season was fermented wild in French wood, 50% new. Stirred regularly, malolactic conversion was blocked in the name of acid retention. Worked. The final blend was a ‘best of the best’ barrel selection and good it is, too. Oatmeal, porcini, hazelnut and earthen notes offset brighter nectarine and caramel vanilla allusions. At once rich and fresh, with citrus peel acidity pushing it long.” – Ned Goodwin

Austins & Co. Chardonnay 2017 – SOLD OUT
94 Points (Silver)

“From different batches of fruit and less new oak than the top Ellyse cuvee. Otherwise the handling is almost identical; the wild yeast pungency serving as less of a carapace to the fruit. Cashew, hazelnut, nougat and vanilla meld with tangerine, orange zest and stone fruit suggestions all. The acidity is vibrant and the carriage to exceptional length.” – Ned Goodwin

Austin’s Shiraz 2017 – BUY NOW
93 Points (Silver)

“A cool climate shiraz that is peppery, creamy and ample of boysenberry to cherry flavours all at once. Fermented in open-top oak and steel vessels before racking to barrel (40% new) for malolactic conversion, the result is rich, yet dutifully fresh and poised. The tannic extraction across the top wines at this address is largely exemplary. Souk-like spice and a whiff of menthol add further intrigue.” – Ned Goodwin

Austins & Co. Pinot Noir 2017 – SOLD OUT
92 Points (Silver)

“A meld of clones, partially wild-fermented, this is a juicy, strongly regional pinot. Sarsaparilla, Indian spice, ripe strawberry and ferrous menthol notes unravel across an undercarriage of chalky tannins-grape and oak. Sappy length.” – Ned Goodwin

Our 6Ft6 Ratings

6Ft6 Chardonnay 2018 – 93 Points (Silver) – SOLD OUT
6Ft6 Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – 92 Points (Silver) – SOLD OUT, 2019 vintage now available
6Ft6 Shiraz 2017 – 91 Points (Silver) – now available
6Ft6 Prosecco – 90 Points (Silver) – now available
6Ft6 Rose 2018 – 90 Points (Silver) – SOLD OUT, 2019 vintage now available
6Ft6 Pinot Noir 2017 – 89 Points – SOLD OUT, 2018 vintage now available

Every wine but one received either a silver or gold rating and we are beyond proud of these results. 

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