Barossa’s wines have enjoyed critical acclaim with the release of the highly anticipated Halliday Wine Companion 2020 this week.

3 wineries; Eisenstone, Quin Wines and Utopos, made a stunning debut into the wine word and the Wine Companion this year, earning 5 stars and a spot in the ‘Ten of the Best New Wineries’ list. A further 2 wineries including Magpie Estate, were named in the ‘Ten Dark Horses’

Barossa; comprising of both the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley regions, is once again home to the largest number of 5 star rated wineries in the country. 75 wineries have been recognised with 5 stars. 43 earned the coveted ‘red 5 star’ award, awarded to ‘Outstanding wineries regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity”, 13 of which deemed to be amongst ‘the best of the best’.

The region’s varieties also continue their dominance, 6 variety awards for ‘best of the best’ taken out by Barossa wines in the Riesling, Sparkling Red, Rosé, Shiraz, Shiraz/Grenache and friends and Fortified categories.

Congratulations to all Barossa producers who continue to dedicate themselves to producing some of the world’s great wines.

Top Results Best of the Best


98 points: 2011 Soul Growers Museum Release Single Vineyard Riesling #1 position



96 points: 2008 David Franz Marg’s Blood Semillon


Sparkling Red

96 points: NV Rockford Black Shiraz #1 position



96 points: 2018 Turkey Flat Rosé #1 position



99 points: 2017 John Duval Entity Shiraz #1 position

99 points: 2016 Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz

99 points: 2016 Kellermeister The Meister Shiraz

98 points: 2016 John Duval Eligo The Barossa Shiraz

98 points: 2016 Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz

98 points: 2016 Kellermeister Black Sash Shiraz

98 points: 2015 Wolf Blass Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Shiraz

98 points: 2014 Woods Crampton Michael John Centenarian Vines

98 points: 2016 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz

98 points: 2013 Henschke Hill of Roses Shiraz

+ 26 Barossa Shiraz scoring 97 points


Shiraz/Grenache & friends

98 points: 2018 Z Wine Hilder Ancestor Vine Mataro #1 position

+ 11 Barossa wines scoring 97 points


Cabernet Sauvignon

98 points: 2017 Purple Hands Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Cabernet

+ 2 Barossa Cabernet scoring 97 points



100 points: 1919 Seppeltsfield 100 year old Para Tawny #1 position