Dark Horse of the Year Winery in the Halliday Wine awards, Boat O'Craigo
The Yarra Valley has come up trumps in the fifth annual Halliday Wine Companion Awards, with three wins bestowed upon the region.
Pre-eminent wine critic James Halliday AM awarded single-vineyard estate Mount Mary Winery of the Year, along with Best Pinot Noir, while Dappled Wines was named Best New Winery and Boat O’Craigo the Dark Horse to watch.
The awards are based on the reviews in the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion book, on sale from August 3. The guide rates more than 1200 wineries and around 6840 individual wines.
With third-generation winemaker Sam Middleton at the helm, Halliday said “Mount Mary shines brighter than that of any of the 174 wineries in the Yarra Valley”. And Dark Horse of the Year was awarded to little-known Yarra Valley winery Boat O’Craigo, with wines made by influential winemaker Rob Dolan. The winery achieved a five-star rating for the first time with a trilogy of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir emerging the hero wines.
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