2020 James Halliday Wine Companion Results

  • Burch Family Wines,
  • Howard Park

At the beginning of August each year, we eagerly await the release of one of the most anticipated books among the wine industry – James Halliday’s Wine Companion. Written by one of Australia's celebrated wine critics, James Halliday, this wine companion is the go-to reference guide for all wine enthusiasts.

This year we are thrilled to share that we have once again retained 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" as well as receiving a number of wine reviews rating 90+ points.

A short summary of the results can be found below, followed by a breakdown per brand for Burch Family Wines.

  • Burch Family Wines had 30 wines receive a score of 90+ points.
  • 1 wine received a rating of 97 points, while 4 wines received 95 points
  • 11 MadFish wines scored 90+ points
  • Howard Park retained it’s 5 Red red star Winery rating which is the highest accolade awarded to wineries in the Wine Companion. James Halliday says - "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."

Howard Park

97 points - 2017 Howard Park Chardonnay

“This iconic Chardonnay has a label that never seems to age. Mainly from the estate Allingham vineyard in Margaret River, a small portion from the Mount Barrow Vineyard in Mount Barker. Bright, clear quartz-green, it is a striking chardonnay that manages to combine intense flavours with elegance and balance, length inevitable given that start. Quality oak is hidden by the fruit, itself a shimmering blend of stone fruit and citrus joined at the hip. A supremely beautiful wine.” James Halliday

95 Points - 2016 Howard Park ASW Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

95 Points - 2016 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz

95 Points - 2016 Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

94 Points - 2016 Howard Park Leston Shiraz

94 Points - 2016 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz

94 Points - 2016 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points - 2018 Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc 

93 Points - 2018 Howard Park Mount Barker Riesling

93 Points - 2017 Howard Park Flint Rock Chardonnay

93 Points - 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

92 Points -  NV Howard Park Jeté Rosé

91 Points - 2013 Howard Park Grand Jeté

90 Points - 2017 Howard Park Flint Rock Pinot Noir

92 Points - 2018 Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

MadFish

92 Points - 2017 MadFish Gold Turtle Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

91 Points - 2018 MadFish Gold Turtle Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

91 Points - 2016 MadFish Gold Turtle Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

90 Points - 2017 MadFish Gold Turtle Chardonnay

92 Points - 2018 MadFish Gold Turtle Chardonnay

90 Points - 2017 MadFish Gold Turtle Rose

90 Points - 2016 MadFish Shiraz

90 Points - 2016 MadFish Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

92 Points - 2018 MadFish Pinot Noir

90 Points - 2016 MadFish Petit Verdot

90 Points - NV MadFish Prosecco

Marchand & Burch

95 points - 2017 Marchand & Burch Porongurup Mount Barker Chardonnay

“From the highest points of the Porongurup and Mount Barker subregions, and vinified using standard up to date practises. It has length, breadth and depth to it’s perfectly ripened fruit, white peach, nectarine, fig with a coronet of French oak.” James Halliday

93 Points - 2017 Marchand & Burch Villages Chardonnay

92 Points - 2017 Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Porongurup Pinot Noir