Seven Oustanding Wines Listed in James Halliday's Top 100
From the 1412 wines entered, McWilliam’s Wines had an outstanding seven wines featured in this year's James Halliday Top 100.
The wines included were:
- 2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne: the highest scoring Champagne in the Top 100 with 98 points, "Its precision, purity and length are awesome.”
- Taittinger Brut Réserve rated 93 points, "The finish is particularly elegant, the dosage carefully calibrated. In the words of Tom Stevenson, this is ‘serious non-vintage’
- 2010 Mount Pleasant Old Paddock and Old Hill rated 97 points, "Silky elegance and ultimate poise, with a direct style link to the wines O’Shea made 60 years ago; its red fruits are cradled by fine tannins and just a hint of oak.”
- 2007 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon rated 96 points, "Quartz-green at five years; festooned with gold medals, the wine is undoubtedly superb, from a good vintage and a great vineyard."
- 2011 Armchair Critic Chardonnay rated 94 points, "Pale straw-green; intensity and impact are of another order compared to most in its price range..."
- 2010 Zeppelin Barossa Valley Shiraz rated 94 points, "a very enjoyable mouthfeel, and mouthful, of juicy wine that soars on the finish. One of those wines that combines finesse, elegance and intensity.”
- 2010 Zeppelin Barossa Valley Grenache rated 94 points, "From 80 year-old vines, open-fermented and basket-pressed; the colour is truly exceptional for Barossa Grenache, indicative of a rich and powerful wine, with red and black cherry fruit and firm tannins."
The following three wines were listed in the ‘Best of the Rest’:
- 2010 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Chardonnay 89 points
- 2009 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points
- 2010 Barwang Cabernet Sauvignon 94 points