Danielle Swift
23 August 2021 | Awards and Accolades, James Halliday | Danielle Swift

Halliday Rates Us in the Top 5 Wineries of The Year!



The McHenry Hohnen team are so proud to announce that we have been named as one of the Top 5 Red Star Wineries in the 2022 James Halliday Wine Companion.

It is a true honour to see all of the team's hard work and dedication to producing wines so expressive of place and true to our philosophy, be so well received in the industry.

Check out our scores below and reviews below.

2019 Hazel's Vineyard GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mataro) 
Rating: 97points
Hazel's vineyard was only planted in 1999 and already this smacks of pedigree. Let's start at the finish: this is a ripping wine. It has both radiant and pretty fruit on nose and palate. Firm, structuring tannins pervade every aspect of the experience and the oak serves to hold it altogether in an unseen way. This is delicious and serious. Brilliant winemaking and craftsmanship. What a pleasure.

2017 Rolling Stone
Rating: 97 points

85/5/5/5% cabernet sauvignon/malbec/merlot/petit verdot from the biodynamically farmed Hazel's Vineyard (certified from 2021 vintage). 16 months in French oak (40% new). Savoury, oak-driven and structured tannins are the standout feature here; shapely, finely knit and supple. They provide a frame from which the red berries and exotic spice can hang. Long and rippling, this is a wine of savoury succulence and longevity

2019 Calgardup Brook Vineyard Chardonnay
Rating: 96 points
This is perhaps my favourite (by a whisker)of these single-vineyard chardonnays. It has a bitter phenolic kick throught the finish that adds a layer of sparkle, interest and excitement to the wine and creates a salty undulation through the finish. It moves in a dappled way, this wine. I like it. 

2018 Hazel's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Rating: 96 points

Savoury, textured and very long, this is not the succulent red-fruited explosion of Margaret River cabernets (neither a good nor bad thing, just an observation). It has the layered complexity we often find in Bordeaux, with a plumply satisfying core of cassis and redcurrant. Not overt, but restrained, with willowy tannings. Cellar or drink – both will bring immense pleasure. (Erin Larkin)

2019 Hazel's Vineyard Chardonnay
Rating: 95 points

White spice, nectarine, coastal spray and crushed macadamia on the nose. The palate is where the mlf is evident; it creates a creamy, buttery texture that sits alongside the pink grapefruit and mandarin pith. Blossom and red apple skin round out the palate , the saline acidity forms curls of sensation as it fades.

2019 Burnside Vineyard Chardonnay 
Rating: 95 points

All 3 single-vineyard chardonnays are made in the same manner: hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild ferment in barrel (25% new) with full solids, partial mlf. From the oldest vines (planted 1981) the Burnside is the smoothest, most cohesive, most consistent of McHenry Hohnen's 3 single-vineyard chardonnays. This consistency on the palate breeds richness somehow, with mlf building density and resonance. single-vineyard chardonnays are made in the same manner: hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild ferment in barrel (25% new) with full solids, partial mlf. 

2019 Laterite Hills Chardonnay 
Rating: 95 points

After a reticient bouquet, this springs into life on the palate with its clear-as-a-bell white peach/grapefruit varietal signature. French oak is little more than a shadow in the background, development potential unlimited. 

2019 Hazel's Vineyard Syrah
Rating: 95 points

It seems these guys can't do any wrong at the moment. Layered, spicy, slightly reductive ( in a good and engaging way), stemmy, juicy and delicious. Briny Acid and red fruits. Savoury, structured and quite exciting, with the salted heirloom tomato character that so excites in shiraz/syrah.

2019 Hazel's Vineyard Zinfandel 
Rating: 95 points

Wow - what a nose! An abundant  spread of forest fruits; mulberry, rasberry, blackberry, five-spice and clove. Licorice and cocoa. The texture on the palate is chalky, then tannins soft  but omnipresent. This is a cracker of a wine with balance, elegance and spice. It's got plushness and depth too, though.

2020 Marsanne Roussanne
Rating: 94 points

61% marsanne fermented in seasoned oak, 39% roussanne pressed to concrete egg. Matured separately on lees for 6 months prior to blending. The best examples of this Rhone blend can have a biscuity dryness that offsetts the typically rich and opulent fruit characters of both varieties. And so here. Balanced and long, both components are stitched together with a thread of saline acidity.

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