- Tuesday 9 January 2018
- Written by Admin
"Winery/ies of the Year" is a mercurial category at best. Different things resonate with different people at different times. To make matters worse, though we got to over 150 wineries in 2017, we missed hundreds more! We are drawing this list of what we loved in wine last year from a limited pool to say the least, says Wine Hunters.
That caveat aside, following are the wineries we visited and just couldn't get enough of in 2017 (rated on some combination of cellar door, wine tasting experience, and most importantly the wine itself). We highly recommend you visit as many of these as you can in the near future.
Here's what Wine Hunter say about its top Heathcote wineries for 2017:
* Burke & Wills Winery - Most famous for their stylistic "Big Red", but that archetypical wine doesn't even do this place justice. Their Vat 1 and 2 Shirazes are two of the very best in Australia.
* Merindoc Cellar Door - Quintessential AUS cellar door experience. Fantastic range of wines informatively served up with a masterful sense of the region's history.
* Condie Estate - Heathcote - Where the characters of wine and the sublimeness of AUS Shiraz meet. Keep an eye on Condie.
And two of our Heathcote vineyards with bases in other regions also came in for acclaim from Wine Hunters:
* Hanging Rock Winery - The rightful godfather of Macedon. Their range has expanded with their hard-earned success, but at their best, Hanging Rock still cannot be beaten.
* Yabby Lake Vineyard - Mornington Peninsula - Relentless focus on quality, and you can taste it across their formidable range. The Pinots here are simply stunning, with each somehow magically better than the perfect last. But don't miss the mesemerising Syrah!