It’s Hal­l­i­day time in the wine world

Life & Style Weekend - - EASY EATING - with Re­gan Drew

IF YOU have any sort of wine nerd in­side or near you, you’ll know ex­actly who James Hal­l­i­day is. The wine jour­nal­ism tour de force that is the an­nual Hal­l­i­day Wine Com­pan­ion book has been re­leased and the 2017 Hal­l­i­day awards have just been pre­sented in Mel­bourne. Sarah Crowe of Yarra Yer­ing was Wine­maker of the Year, Best’s Thom­son Fam­ily Great Western Shi­raz 2014 was crowned Wine of the Year, Larry Cheru­bino Wines won Best Value Win­ery, Bon­dar Wines was anointed Best New Win­ery, Ar­lewood Es­tate was the Dark Horse Win­ery, and Mount Pleas­ant was ac­claimed as Win­ery of the Year. The Hal­l­i­day Wine Com­pan­ion 2017, RRP $39.99, is avail­able na­tion­ally.

Mount Pleas­ant El­iz­a­beth Semil­lon

Hunter Val­ley, 2007: Glows very bright in the glass. Com­ing out of ado­les­cence and de­vel­op­ing ma­tu­rity: soft­ish al­most snow pea, veg­e­tal mulch lift. Palate still has lemon but­ter over lime pith. The trade­mark Hunter acid­ity is still there. No rea­son to leave it much fur­ther, en­joy now and cel­e­brate the struc­ture and flavour. Rat­ing: 9/10 RRP: $24 Alc: 11%

Mount Pleas­ant El­iz­a­beth Semil­lon

Hunter Val­ley, 2015: Smells lemon and lemon­grass, man­darin pith and a lit­tle soapy wax. Hunter Val­ley zest and juicy acid­ity with lemon-lime fleshi­ness. This has struc­ture to age, but fun to share a bot­tle now. Can of­ten be found closer to the $10 mark. Rat­ing: 8.5/10 RRP: $14 Alc: 10%

Mount Pleas­ant 1965 Vines Rose­hill Shi­raz

Hunter Val­ley, 2014: From the stel­lar 2014 vintage and deftly cre­ated by chief wine­maker Jim Chatto. Beau­ti­ful pur­ple-black colour with aro­mas of per­fect black plums, red fruits and even a hint of liquorice-herby cola. Tightly wound yet earthy palate that speaks of old Hunter with a sym­pa­thetic mod­ern viewpoint. In­cred­i­bly bal­anced now, this will eas­ily see out decades in the cel­lar. Rat­ing: 9.5/10 RRP: $130 Alc: 14%

Wines avail­able from ma­jor re­tail­ers. More at vi­nonote­book.com

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