The wines have been tasted and the results are in for this year’s edition of the Australian Halliday Wine Companion. Having spent more than 600 hours sampling over 9000 wines, renowned wine critic, writer and vigneron—James Halliday—has decided upon the best in the land. Among the 1300+ listed wineries, Burch Family Wines has had an impressive 33 individual wines receive a score of 90 points and above.
Furthermore, they have been profiled in the 2017 “Holy Bible of wine” for the 17th time with a five-star rating, as well as continuing their impeccable 5 RED star winery rating.
The Margaret River based, family-run winery scored 97/100 for three of its wines, including their flagship, 2013 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon. Their other highly scored wines include two iconic whites, with the 2015 Howard Park Chardonnay and the 2014 Howard Park Chardonnay being awarded impressive rankings.
Jeff Burch, CEO of Burch Family Wines, said that he and the rest of his family were thrilled at the results in the 2017 Halliday Wine Companion.
“It’s a credit to our winemaking and viticulture teams to have so many of our wines scoring 90 points and above,” said Mr Burch
James Halliday has been writing about wine since the late 1970s and has authored and co-authored some 56 books on wine. His annual Halliday Wine Companion is now widely regarded as the most comprehensive overview of labels, winemakers and wineries in Australia.
Connoisseurs and wine makers alike eagerly await the results of each year’s edition to see how their favourite labels and wineries fare and who will take home the prestigious top award in each category. James Halliday is constantly in demand as a judge both in Australia and overseas and is considered one of the foremost wine critics in Australia.
“There are more than 1300 wineries profiled in this edition and I often get asked ‘How do you do it?’. With help, of course, but even after 11 editions, it still brings me great joy in seeing the quality of wines and the increasing talent of winemakers from Australia. And now we are witnessing an ever-increasing diversity of sub-regions, sites and varietals. It continues to be a very exciting industry to be working alongside,” Halliday said in a statement.
Needless to say, Australia offers an eclectic mix of wineries and labels and the Halliday Wine Companion is a must have for anyone looking to source the best wines.