James Halliday 2016 on the Margaret River region

James Halliday Wine Companion commentary-

Last month the 16th edition of James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion (now known as the Halliday Wine Companion) was released and Margaret River was once again very well represented!Competition is intense for a place in Australia’s best of the best and 2016 was no exception!The end result for all wineries who receive such high gradings by such assessment is extremely satisfying, not only for the individuals involved but the region at large as it does set another quality standard in the years ahead.Again Margaret River also achieved great success in the associated awards winning:

Ten of the Best New Wineries
  • Cloudburst
  • Domaine Naturaliste
Ten of the Best Value Wineries
  • Larry Cherubino Wines
Ten Dark Horses
  • Greedy Sheep
In summary for 2016 there are 60 Margaret River wineries that have made James Halliday’s 5 star grade with some new faces. The list can be found in the linked commentary from Margaret River Wine Industry Association. The commentary also includes Margaret River awarded wines by variety.The winners of the Qantas epiQure Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards were also announced last month with Margaret River taking out three of the Best Australian Varietal of the Year Awards:
  • Chardonnay: 2013 Deep Woods Estate Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay – 98 points
  • Other Reds: 2013 Cullen Diana Madeline – 98 points
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 2011 Devil’s Lair 9th Chamber Cabernet Sauvignon –  98 points



About Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.