Congratulations to 29 Barossa wines, representing 18 wine brands, who have been named in James Suckling’s highly regarded Top 100 Australian Wines of 2017.

The coveted title of Australian Wine of the Year went to Henschke’s Hill of Grace 2012, with Mr Suckling noting:  “Australia’s ultimate single-vineyard wine, Henschke Shiraz Eden Valley Hill of Grace Vineyard 2012, is the Australian Wine of the Year 2017. As an excellent example of 2012 vintage, the wine soars to impressive heights. With vines dating back to the 1860s, the vineyard has a carefully managed regime that focuses on marrying biodynamically farmed grapes with the rich heritage of the site.

Runner up in position #2 was also filled by a Barossa wine, the innovative Sami-Odi’s Hoffmann-Dallwitz Shiraz 2016;  “With a superb understanding of great wines and a worldly palate, winemaker Fraser McKinley is penning a contemporary script of Barossa Valley wine while working with ancient vines. Among the most compelling Australian wines made today, these wines are absolutely exceptional.”

Representing such a significant proportion of awarded wines speaks volumes of Barossa’s commitment to exceptional quality.  Wines with stories of provenance and terroir particularly featured in this year’s list.

While Shiraz is a star variety, as expected, it is exciting to see our ‘other’ regional heroes also acknowledged in such a prestigious platform.


The Barossa round-up of James Suckling’s Top 100 Australian Wines 2017:


Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2012

Sami-Odi Hoffman-Dallwitz Shiraz 2016

Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling 2012

Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra/Barossa) 2012

Penfolds Bin 798 RWT 2015

Ruggabellus Efferus 2016

Spinifex La Maline Shiraz 2015

Spinifex Moppa Single Vineyard Shiraz 2015

Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga 2015

Cirillo The Vincent Survivor Vine Grenache 2016

Henschke Cyril Henschke 2012

Dandelion Vineyards Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2016

Penfolds Bin 798 RWT 2014

Sami-Odi Little Wine VII Shiraz

Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Riesling 2015

Head Wines Ancestor Vine Grenache 2015

Sons of Eden Remus Old Vine Shiraz 2015

Hentley Farm The Beast Shiraz 2015

St Hallett Dawkins Shiraz 2015

Turkey Flat Vineyards Grenache 2016

Torbreck The Factor 2014

Head Wines The Brunette Shiraz 2015

Torbreck The Gask 2015

First Drop Fat of the Land Seppeltsfield Shiraz 2015

Heirloom Vineyards A’Lambra Shiraz 2014

Torbreck The Struie 2015

Torbreck The Woodcutter’s Shiraz 2016

Yalumba Barossa Paradox Shiraz 2015

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2016


View the full Top 100 Australian Wines here