2022 Varietal Winners

Top Rated: Sauvignon Blanc

By The Tasting Team
Off the back of a line-up of strong vintages in the west, Margaret River dominates the Adelaide Hills in the sauvignon stakes this year, both in top scores and sheer numbers. Age comes into play here, with more than three in five of our top contenders hailing from the 2018 or 2019 vintages.

Oak is another increasingly important element of Australia’s top sauvignons, with five out of seven nominations for Sauvignon Blanc of the Year relying on barrels for fermentation and/or maturation. The final taste- off was hotly contested by the Margaret River big guns of Moss Wood and Cullen, but the great work of Xavier Bizot in Wrattonbully proved to secure the win (just!).

Find out more about sauvignon blanc in our essential guide.

2019 Terre à Terre Crayeres Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

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Barrel fermented in new and used French puncheons which contribute to both the flavour and texture of this very appealing wine. It's savoury and dry, but the lemon zest and fruit flavours are the prime movers in showing what can be done even in a vintage that wasn't easy. – James Halliday

*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.

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