Wine experts at The Real Review are making the search for excellence easy for connoisseurs across Australia with their inaugural publication of the ‘Top wineries of Australia’ list. The annual award is an initiative that identifies, promotes and rewards wine excellence to a select group of wineries that consistently produce excellent wine. The Top Wineries list is a national benchmark, a place to check out where your favourite winery sits against its peers. In this, the third year of the award, we are thrilled to share news of our local winemakers who have made the privileged cut. Read on to discover which of our expert local wine makers made the definitive 2020 list when decanted.
At #37, is Stonier, best known for their chardonnay and pinot noir, appearing each year under a varied array of single-vineyard labels. Huon says ‘The key to the Stonier style is finesse and consistency, provided by long-serving chief winemaker Mike Symons. Don’t look for dark-coloured, powerful pinots but fragrant, beautiful wines. The 2019 KBS Vineyard wines, both pinot and chardonnay, are stunners.’
Coming in at #40 is Crittenden Estate. Best known for pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris, Huon shares ‘Notwithstanding the quality of the former, the two top wines this year are both left-field examples made from the rare savagnin grape. The 2015 Cri de Coeur, a sherry-like “sous voile” version, modelled on Jura’s Vin Jaune, must be tasted to be believed.’ Wine makers Rollo and Zoe Crittenden explained ‘We were absolutely thrilled to be included….Huon and his team have tasted wines from over 1600 wineries to compile the Top Wineries list this year and as they say, it’s a real feather in your cap to even make it into the list of the top 400 – let alone the top 52! To be in the top 3 wineries of the Mornington Peninsula is truly an honour.’
Mornington Peninsula wine makers Yabby Lake Vineyard, Paringa Estate and Polperro & Evan Keel Wines all deserve honourable mentions impressively included in the top 100 of the highly esteemed 2020 list.
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