Halliday’s latest ratings- the good news, the bad news

You have to hand it to the team at Hardie Grant who now distribute James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. The embargo on the ratings in the 2016 edition until 29th July 2015 creates an enormous sense of excitement…and then the ratings are out! If you’re in Australia and have managed to get to a bookshop then you’ve probably got all the information you need, but if you’re in Singapore like me, and therefore an on-line subscriber, then it’s a case of wait until the website can handle the traffic. It can’t today.

I managed to get a look into some of the new ratings last night whilst the Australians slept, and without doubt the most exciting for me was the awarding of 99 points to the 2014 Serrat Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier.

I managed to get a little Serrat last year. This year, the allocation was very, very tight but I was over the moon just to get the tiniest amount of the 2014 Pinot Noir (no slouch at 96) and the 2014 Shiraz Viognier, and that was just last week. Thank you Tom Carson and Nadege Sune. No surprise that it’s all been sold in the last 24 hours. There’s 10 very happy people out there in the Little Red Dot.

It seems somewhat cruel to publish a rating for something you now can’t get (at least in Singapore) , but here it is:

Serrat SV

(with permission from Hardie Grant)

Once the Wine Companion website is back to normal, I’ll update you on what you can get from Tiger Wines in Singapore.


“Wine is, in Belloc’s famous lines:-

‘….true begetter of all arts that be;

Wine, privilege of the completely free;

Wine the recorder; wine the sagely strong;

Wine, bright avenger of sly dealing wrong…..’

The Aesthetics of Wine, March 1946

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