Friday 23 August 2019

WBM Wines of the Year 2018 – the best of the best, 95 points and above

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Leading Australian wine writers Mike Bennie and Tyson Stelzer are the official palates of WBM – Australia’s Wine Business Magazine. Each year they review 1,200 great wines for WBM across six issues. Here are the best of the best for 2018 – 95 points and above…

100 POINTS
Chambers Rare Muscat NV 375ml (Tyson Stelzer)

99 POINTS
Hardys 2014 165th Anniversary Cabernet Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Seppeltsfield 1918 Rare Centenary 100ml (Tyson Stelzer)

98 POINTS
Clonakilla 2016 T&L Vineyard Block One (Tyson Stelzer)
Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2012 (Tyson Stelzer)

97 POINTS
Cullen 2016 Kevin John Margaret River Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Henschke 2013 Mount Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Mount Langi Ghiran 2015 Grampians Langi Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Mount Mary 2015 Quintet (Tyson Stelzer)
Penfolds 2014 Grange (Tyson Stelzer)
Penfolds 2016 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Vasse Felix 2016 Heytesbury Margaret River Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Vasse Felix 2014 Tom Cullity Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec (Tyson Stelzer)
Wantirna Estate 2015 Amelia Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (Tyson Stelzer)

96 POINTS
Ashton Hills 2010 Clare Valley Sparkling Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Bellebonne 2015 Natalie Fryar Tasmania Vintage Rose (Tyson Stelzer)
Bindi 2017 Original Vineyard Pinot Noir (Tyson Stelzer)
Chapel Hill 2016 The Vicar McLaren Vale Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Chapel Hill 2016 House Block McLaren Vale Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Clonakilla 2016 Syrah (Tyson Stelzer)
Clonakilla 2017 Shiraz Viognier (Tyson Stelzer)
Cullen 2016 Diana Madeline Margaret River (Tyson Stelzer)
Dutschke 2015 Single Barrel St Jakobi Vineyard Block 75 Shiraz Pressings (Tyson Stelzer)
Flametree 2016 SRS Wallcliffe Margaret River Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Giaconda 2016 Beechworth Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Grosset 2015 Gaia Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc (Tyson Stelzer)
Grosset 2017 Clare Valley Springvale Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Grosset 2017 Clare Valley Polish Hill Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Hardys 2015 Eileen Hardy Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Henschke 2013 Hill of Grace (Tyson Stelzer)
House of Arras 2001 Museum Release Blanc de Blancs (Tyson Stelzer)
House of Arras 2011 EJ Carr Late Disgorged magnum (Tyson Stelzer)
House of Arras 2008 Tasmania Blanc de Blancs (Tyson Stelzer)
Houghton 2014 Thomas Yule Frankland River Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Jacob’s Creek 2017 Steingarten Eden Valley Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Jacob’s Creek 2012 Barossa Valley Centenary Hill Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Jacob’s Creek 2012 Johann Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet (Tyson Stelzer)
Jansz Tasmania 2011 Single Vineyard Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Kay Brothers Amery 2017 Griffon’s Key Grenache (Tyson Stelzer)
Kay Brothers Amery 2015 Block 6 Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Leeuwin Estate 2015 Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Mount Langi Ghiran 2015 Langi Grampians Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Penfolds 2016 Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Penfolds 2016 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Penfolds 2015 St Henri Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Penfolds 2016 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Penfolds 2016 RWT Bin 798 Barossa Valley Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Pooley 2017 Cooinda Vineyard Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Primo Estate 2016 Joseph Moda McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (Tyson Stelzer)
Primo Estate 2016 Joseph Angel Gully Clarendon Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Primo Estate Joseph McLaren Vale Sparkling Red NV (Tyson Stelzer)
St Hugo 2010 Vetus Purum Barossa Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
St Hallett 2014 Old Block Barossa Valley Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
The Lane Vineyard 2015 19th Meeting Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
The Lane Vineyard 2015 Reunion Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Tim Adams 2011 Clare Valley Reserve Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Turkey Flat 2015 The Ancestor Barossa Valley (Tyson Stelzer)
Vasse Felix 2015 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Wantirna Estate 2015 Amelia Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (Tyson Stelzer)
Xanadu 2016 Margaret River Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)

95 POINTS
Apogee 2014 Tasmania Deluxe Rose (Tyson Stelzer)
Best’s Wines
2015 Great Western Thompson Family Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Best’s Wines
2016 Bin No 0 Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Bethany
2016 GR15 Barossa Valley Reserve Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Cape Grace
2013 Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (Mike Bennie)
Cape Mentelle
2016 Margaret River Semillon (Tyson Stelzer)
Cape Mentelle
2015 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Cape Mentelle
2015 Margaret River Zinfandel (Tyson Stelzer)
Circe Wines
2016 Utopies Grampians Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Chateau Tanunda
2013 The Everest Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Clover Hill
2011 Tasmania Cuvee Exceptionnelle Blanc de Blancs (Tyson Stelzer)
Clonakilla 2016 Canberra Western Vineyard (Tyson Stelzer)
Crittenden Estate
2016 The Zumma Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay (Mike Bennie)
De Bortoli
2017 Section A5 Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Deviation Road
2012 Beltana Blanc de Blancs (Tyson Stelzer)
Dutschke
2015 St Jakobi Single Vineyard Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Dutschke
2015 Oscar Semmler St Jakobi Vineyard Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Freycinet Vineyard
2016 Tasmania Pinot Noir (Tyson Stelzer)
Fox Creek
2014 Reserve Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Grant Burge
2012 Meshach Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Grosset
2017 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Tyson Stelzer)
Gundog Estate
2014 The 48 Block Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Gundog Estate
2014 Somerset Vineyard Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Henschke
2017 Julius Eden Valley Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Henschke
2015 Abbotts Prayer 2015 (Tyson Stelzer)
House of Arras
2006 Tasmania Rose (Tyson Stelzer)
House of Arras
2002 EJ Carr Tasmania Late Disgorged Magnum (Tyson Stelzer)
Jacob’s Creek
2015 Eden Valley Steingarten Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Kay Brothers 2015 Cuthbert Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Kay Brothers 2016 Griffon’s Key Grenache (Tyson Stelzer)
Kooyong 2016 Faultline Single Vineyard Section Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Langmeil 2015 Pure Eden Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Levantine Hill 2015 Melissas’s Paddock Syrah (Tyson Stelzer)
Majella 2016 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
McHenry Hohnen 2016 Hazel’s Vineyard Chardonnay (Mike Bennie)
Mesh 2012 Classic Release Eden Valley Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Moss Wood 2015 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Paringa Estate 2015 The Paringa Mornington Peninsula Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Peter Lehmann 2013 Wigan Eden Valley Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Peter Lehmann 2013 Stonewell Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Pewsey Vale 2012 The Contours Eden Valley Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
Pirie 2010 Tasmania Vintage Sparkling Rose (Tyson Stelzer)
Primo Estate 2016 Joseph Clarendon Nebbiolo (Tyson Stelzer)
Rockford Black Shiraz NV (Tyson Stelzer)
SC Pannell 2015 Koomilya DC Block McLaren Vale Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
Scorpo 2016 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir (Tyson Stelzer)
Skillogalee 2015 Trevarrick Clare Valley Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
St Hallett 2015 Blackwell Shiraz (Tyson Stelzer)
St Hugo 2017 Eden Valley Riesling (Tyson Stelzer)
St Hugo 2015 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
St Hugo 2010 Vetus Purum Coonawarra Cabernet (Tyson Stelzer)
Tapanappa 2016 Etages Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay (Mike Bennie)
Tapanappa 2014 Whalebone Vineyard Wrattonbully Merlot Cabernet Franc (Mike Bennie)
Tapanappa 2017 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
The Lane Vineyard 2013 John Crighton Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Turkey Flat Vineyards 2016 Grenache (Tyson Stelzer)
Vasse Felix 2016 Margaret River Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Wantirna Estate 2016 Yarra Valley Lily Pinot Noir (Tyson Stelzer)
Wirra Wirra 2015 RSW McLaren Vale Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Wirra Wirra 2015 The Angelus McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon (Tyson Stelzer)
Woods Crampton 2015 Phillip Patrick Single Vineyard Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Yangarra Estate Vineyard 2016 Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz (Mike Bennie)
Yabby Lake 2015 Block 6 Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay (Tyson Stelzer)
Yabby Lake 2017 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir (Tyson Stelzer)
Yering Station 2015 Reserve Shiraz Viognier (Mike Bennie)
Yeringberg 2016 Yarra Valley (Tyson Stelzer)

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Main photo: Ben Macmahon.

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