Halliday 2022 Results
Gold, gold and more gold! The annual Halliday Wine Companion is here and we could not be happier with our results. The 2022 edition marked a new era for the Companion, with a team of seven regional tasters and rigorous scoring resulting in scores more conservative than in recent editions.
Nonetheless, Evans & Tate retained its 'Five Red Star' rating in the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, recognising an ‘outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity’. In a year that Evans & Tate is already commemorating a very important milestone, we are thrilled to have another reason to celebrate.
The Halliday Wine Companion is heralded as the go-to reference guide for all wine enthusiasts, seeking out and highlighting the finest wines in Australia. Chief Editor, Tyson Stelzer, puts it best, ‘As always, top wines deserve top scores.’
The wines scoring 90 points or more were as follows:
Matured 11 months in French hogsheads (20% new). The cooler year has birthed yet another cabernet of delicacy, length and finesse. Matt Byrne's Redbrook Reserve cabernet is worthy of the same praise heaped upon prior vintages. Succulent red fruits and densely packed flavour, held together with fine-knit tannins. Ready to drink now, but with a determined future in the cellar, too – this is what defines the wonder of great Margaret River cabernet.
Fruit from the Bridgelands vineyard in Karridale. Hand picked, whole-bunch pressed direct to 500L puncheon for wild fermentation. 2 barrels underwent mlf. After blending in tank, all wine was returned to barrel and left on lees for a further 10 months. This wine is a statement of excellence for Margaret River chardonnay: spicy, rich, saline and very long. Classy wine and detailed winemaking. Yes please. 96/100
With all the gold on the bottle it's a wonder it doesn't topple over. Very toasty oak and rich fruit beneath, this bursts upfront but slows down as it extends through the finish. Great length shows the pedigree of the fruit and the year. 4 trophies and a gold medal, Perth Royal Show '20.
Matured in large- and medium-format French oak (15% new) for up to 15 months. 2018 saw the most cabernet franc and malbec ever included in this wine, alongside the cabernet sauvignon and merlot. And to good effect! This is a cracker. Succulent red fruits on the palate, backed by salty spice and a frankly slinky texture. The tannins are shapely and seductive. The whole package is hugely impressive. But not surprising: The Redbrook range of wines rock.
Hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild ferment in barrel (35% new), 18% mlf, on lees for 16 months, stirred for 10, before a quiet, untouched 6 months on lees prior to bottling. Crushed cashew, white peach, briny acidity and silky phenolics on the palate. Seamless, creamy and classy, this is perfectly Margaret River, in a perfect year. Lovely stuff.
Margaret River absolutely excels at the sem/sauv blend, and this here is why. Concentrated, with both varieties seamlessly dovetailed into each other. Tropical fruit, crushed shell and briny acid. Bravo.
The blend changes depending on the vintage. In 2019, despite the wine's name, it's actually merlot-led. 52/45/1.5/1.5% merlot/cabernet sauvignon/malbec/cabernet franc. ‘Merlot was great in 2019,' says winemaker Matt Byrne. An 80/20% shiraz/cabernet sauvignon blend, from estate vineyards. Matured 18 months in seasoned French oak barrels. Medium, vibrant purple. A soft, fruit-driven and approachable style of dark berry/cherry/plum fruit. Medium persistence and soft tannins make it ready to drink now. An easy-drinking, quaffing style that doesn't call for too much thought. Ten months in a variety of French oak. It leads the charge in this spicy, succulent wine which offers up a balanced feast of fine tannins, plush (but also lean and focused) fruit and salty acid. Cracking value.