Château Tanunda celebrates their finest achievement in Halliday Wine Companion 2021

Friday, 7 August 2020

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Château Tanunda, Icon of the Barossa, has even more  reason to celebrate their 130th Anniversary year, once again being named a Red Five Star Winery with a best-ever  14 wines rated over 93 points in the Halliday Wine Companion 2021.

With over 9,000 wines tasted for the 2021 edition, Château Tanunda’s presence in the guide has never been stronger. Once again, the ratings were high enough to achieve the formidable Red Five Star status, with six wines rated 95+ points, and a further nine wines rated 92-94 Points. This is further endorsement of the prestige of Chateau Tanunda, already named by fellow leading Australian wine critic Huon Hooke in the Top 20 Australian Wineries for the past three years.

These results solidify Chief Winemaker, Neville Rowe's 2020 selection in the world's "100 Master Winemakers" from the world authoritive 'Drinks Business' Magazine.  

For the past two decades, the Geber family have put their heart, soul and passion into handcrafting some of the Barossa’s most collectable wines, with a focus on unique Old Vine Expressions of 50, 100 and 150 Year Old vines, and consistently delivering some of the highest quality and characterful wines produced in Australia.

The iconic 150 Year Old Vines Field Blend (RRP: $500 per bottle) was once again a 96-point star. With only 200 cases crafted from some of the oldest Grenache, Mourvèdre and Malbec vines in the world planted in 1858, the 2016 vintage is scheduled for release in October 2020.

Château Tanunda also produces outstanding quality white wines, with the rare jewel 150 Year Old Vines Semillon 2019 the highest rated white at 95 points saying “…there’s no question at all about the power and length of the wine, nor the varietal expression”.

With Halliday calling the iconic and rare The Everest Shiraz 2016  “the absolute pinnacle of winemaking at Château Tanunda…” this wine shines again with 95 points, only adding to its ‘worlds-best’ legacy attained with the first 2005 vintage winning the trophy for "Worlds Best Shiraz" at the IWSC 2010.

While Shiraz continues to be a hero of the Barossa, Château Tanunda believes in great things from Cabernet Sauvignon from the region.  The 50 Year Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from the sandy loam soils of the 8.7ha Bethany vineyard achieved the equal highest score of 96 points.


The Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 from the Eden Valley, also rated a huge 95 points. Keep watching Chateau Tanunda for even greater projects on the horizon for Cabernet in the Barossa.

In its 25th year since inception, Grand Barossa has taken on a new look with a new embossed proprietary bottle and continues its track record of consistency.  The Grand Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre rated 94 points, and the Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 rated 93 points, both designated the highly sought-after “Good Value” designation from Halliday.

The Top Halliday Wine Companion 2021 wines and scores:

96 Points - 150 Year Old Vines 1858 Field Blend 2016
96 Points - 50 Year Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
95 Points - The Everest Shiraz 2016
95 Points - 150 Year Old Vines Semillon 2019
95 Points - Terroirs Of The Barossa ‘Greenock’ Shiraz 2017
95 Points - The Château Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
94 Points - The Everest Old Vine Grenache 2016
94 Points - Terroirs Of The Barossa ‘Eden Valley’ Shiraz 2017
94 Points - The Château Single Vineyard ‘Bethanian’ Shiraz 2017
94 Points - Terroirs Of The Barossa Marananga Shiraz 2017
94 Points - Grand Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2018
93 Points - Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
93 Points - 50 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2017
93 Points - 50 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2016
92 Points - Terroirs Of The Barossa ‘Ebenezer District’ Shiraz 2017
91 Points - Grand Barossa Dry Riesling 2019

About the Halliday Wine Companion: The Halliday Wine Companion is widely regarded as the bible of Australian wine. A red five-star rating recognizes sustained excellence and puts the winery into the top 10% of wineries in the country. It is classified as: “An outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above and had a five-star rating for the previous two years.”