2019 James Halliday Wine Companion Results

  • Burch Family Wines

It’s one of the most anticipated books among the wine industry – James Halliday’s Wine Companion. Always released at the beginning of August, James is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine critics and the Wine Companion is affectionately referred to as Australia’s Wine ‘bible’. It is the go-to reference for wine enthusiasts.

We are delighted to share the news that Burch Family Wines have received a number of excellent reviews, as well as retaining our 5 Red Red Star rating, which, in the words of James Halliday means that "where the winery name itself is printed in red, that winery is generally acknowledged to have had a long track record of excellence in the context of its region - truly the best of the best."

Below is a short summary of the results, followed by a breakdown per brand for Burch Family Wines.

  • Burch Family Wines had 25 wines receive a score of 90+ points
  • 1 wine received a rating of 96 points, while 3 wines received 95 points
  • 5 MadFish wines scored 90+ points
  • We retained our 5 Red Red star Winery rating for the 18th year.


Howard Park

96 Points - 2015 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon

Its varietal expression, balance and length are all perfect, the oak and tannin handling no less impressive.”

95 Points - 2016 Howard Park Allingham Chardonnay

“Harmony is a beautiful thing. This chardonnay boasts many different flavours and feels, but their forces are so well joined that it’s hard to pick one from the other. The end result is that you just go with it.”


95 Points - 2017 Howard Park Porongurup Riesling

95 Points – 2015 Howard Park Cellar Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

93 Points - 2015 Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

93 Points - 2017 Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc

93 Points - 2016 Howard Park Cellar Collection Petit Verdot

92 Points - 2017 Howard Park Miamup Rose

92 Points - 2015 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz

92 Points - 2015 Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points - 2017 Howard Park Mount Barker Riesling

91 Points - 2017 Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc Semillon



91 Points - NV MadFish Vera’s Cuvee Methode Traditionelle

“Bright and fresh, with a low dosage allowing the vibrancy of the fruit to come through strong and clear.”

91 Points - 2017 MadFish Shiraz Rose

91 Points - 2017 MadFish Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

90 Points - 2017 MadFish Riesling

90 Points - 2017 MadFish Pinot Gris


Marchand & Burch


94 Points - 2015 Marchand & Burch Porongurup Villages Rose

“Enticing bouquet, with a savoury, earthy accent to the red-berry aromas. Has immediate impact in the mouth, where the juicy, slightly tangy flavours fill the palate from start to finish. Textural and long, it shows real energy and liveliness.”