Wine Companion – James Halliday Results30 August 2019 – posted in: Winery, Uncategorized
James Halliday’s Wine Companion is affectionately referred to as Australia’s Wine ‘bible’. It is the go-to reference for wine enthusiasts. We are delighted to share the news that Cupitt’s Winery has received a number of excellent reviews.
Many winemakers anticipate the annual release of James Halliday Wine Companion. It’s a telling reward for their hard work and skill. We have been lucky enough to receive exception scores including our 2016 Nebbiolo rating 97pts.
This year our 2017 Provenance Chardonnay took out the top position in our rating at 95 points. Our wines were judged by Jane Faulker a respected wine writer with more than 25 years’ experience.
Wally Cupitt, our Head Winemaker’s words on James Halliday Wine Companion.
‘We’ve been sticking to our regional and vineyard focused winemaking for a while now and even though we’re not making wines for the reviews it’s always great to get good feedback and love
for the wines’.
Here is a rundown of our top reviews from Jane Faulker
2017 Provenance Chardonnay (Wamboin)
‘‘A well-composed wine bringing together lemony flavours of zest and curd with some sweetness seeping in from the 25% new French oak. There’s a vivacity as much as texture with the overall savouriness sealing the deal.’ 95points (GOLD)
Following this, eight other wines also scored over 90 points including 2018 Mia Bella Arneis, 2018 Pinot Gris, 2017 ‘The Pointer’ Chardonnay, 2016 Dusty Dog Shiraz, 2017 Nebbiolo, 2017 ‘The Pointer’ Pinot Noir, 2017 Barbera and 2017 Merlot.
2018 Arneis – The merest hint of florals, citrus and cinnamon stick aromas offset by attractive talc-like texture and it’s rather refreshing. 91 points
2017 The Pointer’ Chardonnay – Working off a scale of rich stone fruit, figs with plenty of buttery, creamy lees and toasty-oak inputs yet tight acidity reins this right in. A delicious style finishing fresh and clean. 93 points
2018 ‘Provenance’ Pinot Gris ‘Ticking the gris box with plenty of baked apple and poached spicy pear flavours plus slippery texture. It’s a touch estery-yeasty, but finishes fresh and clean.’ 90 points
2017 ‘The Pointer’ Pinot Noir – Pale-ruby with a slight rim of advancement; lots of woodsy spices, forest floor, red cherries and blood orange aromas met by tangy sprightly acidity and sinewy tannins. Lots to like in this more austere style.
2017 Barbera – Bright red-purple; cherry and pippy flavours with some woodsy spices across its lighter-frame. Not complex but there are enough savoury nuances to make this a good drink. 91points
2017 Nebbiolo – ‘Given this spent 70 days on skins, it’s remarkably lightweight with reserved, slightly green-edged tannins. Lots of spice, rhubarb and cherry fruit to its savoury edge. Let down by shrill acidity and its bitter finish. There’s not enough structure for long ageing but not a loss either as it’s ready now.’ 92 points
2017 Merlot Pale-ruby with a slight rim of advancement; lots of woodsy spices, forest floor, red cherries and blood orange aromas met by tangy sprightly acidity and sinewy tannins. Lots to like in this more austere style.
2016 Dusty Dog Shiraz – There’s an approachability to this, more a drink-now proposition thanks to pulpy stewed fruit and ripe tannins. Hint of liquorice and menthol with some warmth on the finish. 92 points