A Small Winery in Tasmania Has Won Big At This Year’s Halliday Wine Companion Awards

The best of the best have officially been announced.

2023 halliday wine companion awards

The highly anticipated 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards were hosted at the prominent Stokehouse restaurant in St Kilda, Melbourne. The ceremony celebrated the best of the best, recognising Australia’s top wines, winemakers, viticulturists, and wineries, setting the industry benchmark.

Tasmania’s Pooley Wines took home the coveted recognition as Winery of the Year, while Wine of the Year was awarded to Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western, which scored 96 points.

Glenn Goodall from Xanadu Wines in the Margaret River was named Winemaker of the Year, and Tom Carson from Serrat, Yarra Valley was named Viticulturist of the Year.

When it comes to wineries, Living Roots in Adelaide Hills won Best New Winery, and L.A.S Vino in Margaret River was awarded the Dark Horse Winery honour. The last major award was for Best Value Winery, which was awarded to Deeps Woods Estate in Margaret River.

As you can see, Western Australia still remains a top wine region, although Tasmania is making a name for itself. The state makes up just 5% of submitted wineries yet achieved one major Award win, three further major Award nominations and two varietal Awards. 

Gilbert Family Wines in Orange won Sparkling White of the Year for its Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016, scoring 97 points. Sparkling Red of the Year was awarded to Barossa Valley’s Teusner MC Sparkling Shiraz 2017, and Tasmania’s Pipers Brook Vineyard won Sparkling Rosé of the Year for its Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2017. Rosé of the Year went to Spinifex Wines’ Luxe 2021.

In a twist of events, there are two winners for the Riesling of the Year award: Henschke Julius Riesling 2021 Eden Valley and Best’s Wines Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western.

Pinot Noir of the Year was awarded to Lowestoft in Tasmania for the La Maison Pinot Noir 2020.

A $50 shiraz from one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, Perth Hills, has won Shiraz of the Year—the first time this region has won a Companion Award. The wine mentioned is Battles Wine Granitis Shiraz 2020.

Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale won Cabernet Shiraz of the Year for their Peak Cabernet Shiraz 2020.

Cabernet Sauvignon (and Family) of the Year was awarded to Yarra Valey’s Mount Mary for their Quintet 2020. Flowstone Wines’ Queen of the Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2020, won Sauvignon Blanc of the Year.

In the Hunter Valley, Brokenwood Sunshine Vineyard won Semillon of the Year for its Semillon 2014. Chardonnay of the Year was awarded to Stella Bella Wines in the Margaret River for its Luminosa Chardonnay 2020.

Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling 2019 won Sweet Wine of the Year, and Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley won Fortified Wine of the Year for its 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny 1922.

As for the Grenache (and Blends) of the Year category, Chalk Hill Wines in McLaren Vale was awarded the recognition for its Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache 2020.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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