Australian Wine Companion’s Best Margaret River Wineries 2015

Wine-Companion_Front_CoverThis week we are raising a glass in celebration of the region’s amazing wine, following the announcement of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Award Winners in Melbourne.

Over 9,000 wines across Australia were tasted for this year’s Wine Companion, and Your Margaret River Region picked up a host of accolades and five star ratings. We are especially over the moon for Xanadu Wines, whose 2011 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon picked up ‘Wine of the Year’ – well done guys!!

James Halliday’s Wine Companion – the Australian wine lover’s bible

James Halliday has been at the forefront of the wine industry for more than four decades and the second edition of the coveted awards celebrated the finest wines in Australia. The awards coincide with the release of the 2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, which is commonly described as the ‘Australian wine lover’s bible’. The Wine Companion 2015 is now live at

James Halliday on the Margaret River Wine Region

james halliday Vintage-Voyager-31.3.2015-Photo-Elements-Margaret-River-83-1024x684Here’s James Halliday himself on what he thinks puts our region on the map when it comes to wine:

“Margaret River is quintessentially Australian, guarded by massive flowering gums, bejewelled by wild flowers, and punctuated by ancient xanthoreas. Seldom is the blue of the Indian Ocean far from sight, providing the air-conditioning system that gives the region its remarkable climate… It is not possible to say with any conviction which wine style is Margaret River’s best. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon (the latter two groups either as blends or single varieties) all stake a claim.”

The best of the best: Wine of the Year 2015 goes to Xanadu Wines

james halliday Glenn-cropped-994x1024Just 250 dozen of the Xanadu 2011 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon were produced from a tiny block, which Senior Winemaker Glenn Goodall opted to vinify separately in order to capture the fingerprint of the small vineyard.

Amid extremely tough competition, it was taking home the prized Cabernet to enjoy with dinner that helped James Halliday to make the final decision. We love this quote from him

“…why did it receive 99 points? It smote my vinous heart in the way a great Burgundy might, instantaneously, and without any analysis. Reality then caused me to re-taste it very carefully, and I came up with the same result. Not satisfied with that, I did what I seldom do, and took the bottle up to my house and drank it with dinner. Once again, the wine ticked all the boxes.”

The team at Xanadu Wines told us this morning that the wine is already flying out of the door on pre-order and is expected to sell out quickly. There are many more wonderful wines to try at the cellar door or via online shopping. Learn more here.

Australian Wine Companion’s Best Wineries in Margaret River 2015

Read on to find out which wineries received the highest recommendations from Australian Wine Companion. Congratulations to all! The winery ratings are explained below.

5 star

Brookland Valley
Burch Family Wines
Cape Mentelle
Capel Vale (Geographe Region)
Cullen Wines
Devil’s Lair
Leeuwin Estate
Moss Wood
Vasse Felix
Voyager Estate

5 star red

Amelia Park Wines
Ashbrook Estate
Brygon Reserve
Chapman Grove Wines
Clairault | Streicker Wines
Evans & Tate
Evoi Wines
Forester Estate
Fraser Gallop Estate
Hay Shed Hill Wines
Juniper Estate
Laurance of Margaret River
Lenton Brae Wines
McHenry Hohnen Vintners
Palmer Wines
Stella Bella Wines
Thompson Estate
Umamu Estate
Warner Glen Estate
Wills Domain
Windows Estate
Wise Wine

5 star black

Aravina Estate
Barwick Wines
Brown Hill Estate
Cape Naturaliste Vineyard
Cowaramup Wines
Credaro Family Estate
Deep Woods Estate
Driftwood Estate
Fermoy Estate
Flowstone Wines
Flying Fish Cove
Franklin Tate Estates
Grace Farm
Hamelin Bay
Heydon Estate
Higher Plane
House of Cards
Knee Deep Wines
Marq Wines
Marri Wood Park
Miles from Nowhere
Oceans Estate
Preveli Wines
Rockfield Estate
Rosabrook Margaret River Wine
Rosily Vineyard
Stormflower Vineyard
Swings & Roundabouts
The Alchemists
Victory Point Wines
Watershed Premium Wines
Whicher Ridge (Geographe Region)
Woody Nook
Xanadu Wines

Winery ratings explained

5 star red

5 red star James Halliday winery rating: Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 94 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years. 4.9%. Where the winery name is itself is printed in red, it is a winery generally acknowledged to have a long track record of excellence – truly the best of the best. 3.8%

5 star black

5 star James Halliday winery rating: Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality, and did so this year. Also will usually have at least two wines rated at 94 points or above.

Jenny Lee

Author Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee lived in the UK, Russia, France and Belgium before falling head over heels in love with the tiny coastal town of Dunsborough, where she's settling down to live the dream. Her favourite spots include Eagle Bay, where she tied the knot in 2014, and jogging along the Meelup Track before work.

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