McWilliam’s Wines is thrilled to announce our recent success in the 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion. This year, McWilliam’s Wines received an exceptional result with eight wines scoring 90 points or higher. We also received the prestigious five red star winery rating for the third consecutive year.
The 2017 Edition of James Halliday’s definitive guide to Australian wine is a must-have item for anyone serious about our magnificent wines. James Halliday is one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian wine; matching intelligent and honest reviews with unparalleled knowledge of, and passion for, the wine industry. Here is what James had to say about our wines…
McWilliam’s Flagship 1877 Hilltops Shiraz 2014 – 96 points
The icon wine of the large vineyard in the Hilltops region. Elegant and medium-bodied, it’s freshness and vibrant red and black fruits are couched in quality oak and finely detailed tannins. Its balance means it can be enjoyed young, matured or aged.
Drink by: 2040 / Available now
McWilliam’s Flagship 842 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2014 – 95 points
Pale straw-green; an aristocratic chardonnay, if there can be such a thing; complex, yet fruit-driven, bright acidity; enviable length and purity.
Drink by: 2021 / Available soon
McWilliam’s Single Vineyard Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2013 – 94 points
A wine of youth and integrity; the flavours feel as if they have been carved from the fruit by a surgeon with a fine scalpel and no pressure. The oak is entirely sympathetic to the fruit, the acidity; enviable length and purity.
Drink by: 2025 / Available soon
McWilliam’s Single Vineyard Hilltops Shiraz 2014 – 94 points
The deep colour signals a wine with power and complexity; the bouquet is both spicy and savoury, black fruits dripping from every bower of the tree, precision-shaped tannins and quality oak perfectly matched.
Drink by: 2039 / Available soon
McWilliam’s Appellation Tumbarumba Pinot Noir 2014 – 93 points
Its vibrancy and freshness point to its cool climate origin, and to a deliberate choice to pick before there was any loss of bright red fruit flavours and good acidity; French oak has been held in appropriate restraint. Best enjoyed young.
Drink by: 2019 / / Available now
McWilliam’s Appellation Hilltops Shiraz 2014 – 93 points
Hand-picked early morning, open-fermented, 15% whole bunches, three days cold soak, cultured yeast, hand-plunged/pumped over, 12 days on skins, matured for nine months in French puncheons (20% new). Has more depth and structure than expected to its red cherry and black pepper fruit, fine, savoury tannins tugging at the taste buds and not giving up. Gold medal Canberra District Wine Show ‘15.
Drink by: 2029 / Available now
McWilliam’s Cool Climate Shiraz 2013 – 91 points
You certainly get your money’s worth here. Brightly coloured, it has a pleasantly spicy bouquet leading to a light to medium-bodied palate of red and black fruits, a little more spice, a flirt with French oak, and fine tannins to close.
Drink by: 2020 / Available now
McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Chardonnay 2014 – 90 points
Bright straw-green; the best of the white wine Hanwood Estate range. Shows McWilliam’s strength in Tumbarumba and Hilltops, even if only a small percentage.
Drink by: 2018 / Available now