Witches Falls Winery has been awarded 5 RED stars by James Halliday, Australia’s most respected wine critic. This significant, well-deserved rating puts Witches Falls in the top 4.9% of Australian wineries.
The highly anticipated ratings were released on Wednesday (29 July 2015) in the 2016 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion. This annual publication is considered to be the definitive guide to Australian wine and 5 RED-Star ratings are only given to ‘outstanding wineries regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity’.
There are seven possible ratings a winery can achieve with 3 black stars being the lowest and 5-RED stars the highest. Witches Falls owner and chief winemaker, Jon Heslop, was thrilled with the result, particularly since a number of different wine varieties and styles contributed to the rating.
Each year, wineries all over Australia are asked to submit wines for tasting and review by James Halliday. The wines submitted are give a score out of 100, and it is these individual wine scores that help determine the overall winery rating for the year.
The prestigious 5-RED Star rating came after three Witches Falls’ wines were judged as ‘gold medal standard’. The Witches Falls 2012 Prophecy Syrah, 2013 Wild Ferment Viognier and 2013 Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc all gained an outstanding 95 points each.
James Halliday also deemed the Witches Falls 2012 Prophecy Cabernet Sauvignon to be ‘on the cusp of god medal status’ awarding it 94 points.
In addition, four other Witches Falls wines were highly recommended by James as ‘wines of great quality, style and character’; Witches Falls 2013 Wild Ferment Verdelho (93 points), 2014 co-inoculated Sauvignon Blanc (93 points), 2011 Granite Belt Merlot (92 points) and 2013 Wild Ferment Cabernet Franc (91 points).
Witches Falls’ wines are produced and bottled at the Tamborine Mountain Winery from fruit sourced from the Granite Belt. The Halliday Wine Companion results are a great validation for the Witches Falls team and for Jon Hislop’s belief in the incredible potential of the Granite Belt as a premium wine-growing region.