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2024 Halliday Australian Wine Companion Results

2024 Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards Results

The 2024 Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards results are in and the medals bestowed upon our wines are a true testament to the exceptional skills and passion of our first-class winemaking team, led by Chief Winemaker, Xanthe Hatcher.

See below our full list of Pooles Rock wines included in the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion;

Pooles Rock Cellar Release Post Office Shiraz 2014 Hunter Valley – 97 Pts

“Sourced from the 100-year-old estate Post Office plantings. 2014 has always been regarded as a great shiraz vintage in the Hunter, this wine also adding its praises to the skies. Beautiful colour, a limpid crimson; what the bouquet says, the palate does: the full monty of red, purple and black flavours, the fruit profile still bright and clear, the length impeccable.”

Pooles Rock Cellar Release Post Office Shiraz 2011 Hunter Valley – 97 Pts

“Oh my, this is magnificently luscious and improbably young. Further years/decades will introduce new and different aromas and flavours. Take a winner’s ticket at Tattslotto, and methodically enjoy it year on year, judging not for quality, but for pleasure.”

Pooles Rock Single Barrel Chardonnay 2022 Hunter Valley – 96 Pts

“This was borne of the realisation that, during the classification of all the barrels, one puncheon (different each year) would stand out as the most complete. It will have been a single-vineyard wine, and by definition is limited to a single new puncheon of 500L. This vintage was tough, but the wine emerged unscathed, with length and finesse to its flavour kit.”

Pooles Rock Cellar Release Semillon 2009 Hunter Valley – 95 Pts

“This wine won an impressive array of gold medals and trophies in 2009 and 2010. What was Pooles Rock’s flagship release has prospered since then, gleaming green-gold, now with honey and buttered toast flavours and crackling acidity. It still has its best in front of it.”

Pooles Rock Soldier Settler Semillon 2022 Hunter Valley – 95 Pts

“This wine comes entirely from the Soldier Settler vineyard on the sandy soils of the Broke Fordwich subregion, which (obliquely) has some of the vines planted in 1918 by the soldiers from World War I. This has an already-apparent lick of the honey its Premiere sibling may develop with five years’ maturation in bottle.”

Pooles Rock Premiere Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2022 Hunter Valley – 95 Pts

“Picked from a wide cross-section of vineyards across the far reaches of the Hunter Valley. Whole-bunch pressed, directly transferred to French puncheons (40% new); a barrel selection was made with deliberate mlf; then matured 9 months with fortnightly bâtonnage. As complex as they come, but has retained focus and freshness.”

Pooles Rock Premiere Hunter Valley Semillon 2022 Hunter Valley – 94 Pts

“Curious business. Both back labels of this and its Soldier Settler sibling are lengthy but near identical, both wines said to have come from the Soldier Settler Vineyard, albeit Premiere disclosing the incorporation of some parcels from the Pokolbin subregion. The design of the two front labels is similar and there’s only a $5 price difference between the wines. But there’s the honey absent from this wine.”

Pooles Rock Centenary Block Hunter Valley Shiraz 2021 Hunter Valley – 93 Pts

“This stable is a safe proposition for solid, mid-weighted and savoury wines, inflected strongly by region. Old vines, whole berries and relatively short fermentations with a reliance on a good percentage (50%) of new French oak for tannic build. Varnish, pickled cherry, terracotta and spiced Asian plum. The flow, impressive. The finish, modest.”

Click here to view our complete range of Pooles Rock award-winning wines today.

Our Top Picks For Winter Reds

We love winter at Pooles Rock as we get to dive into some of our bigger reds. We’ve got two Shiraz in particular we recommend, that will be the perfect accompaniment on these cool winters nights.

Best wine tasting experiences in Pokolbin, Australia, Pooles Rock

First, our new release 2020 Pooles Rock Premiere Shiraz. Coming from our best Shiraz block on our McLaren Vale Chairman’s Vineyard, this wine is already punching above it’s age. Ticking all the classic South Australian Shiraz boxes, the wine’s already drinking incredibly well.
A full bodied style, the Shiraz is showing a bouquet of red cherry, plum and mulberry with hints of savoury spice. A complex palate, with intense juicy flavours of cherries and plums with a soft & silky tannin structure. A delightful companion to pair with slow cooked wintery comfort food, like Lamb Shanks or Osso Bucco.

Second, our 2017 Pooles Rock Centenary ShirazWhilst it might not be a ‘Tuesday – night’ wine, if you have a special occasion, birthday or anniversary coming up, we can’t think of anything better. A truly classic Hunter Shiraz, handpicked from our low yielding 115 year old Centenary Block vines.
A deep red colour with purples hues and a bouquet of plum, mulberry and leathery savoury spice with hints of clove. A beautifully balanced palate, with intense mulberry and black cherry fruit core with complex savoury spice. Underlying oak gives this wine structure with soft and silky tannins. While this Shiraz would sit comfortably next to any red meat dish in any fine dining restaurant, it also pairs nicely with dark chocolate in front of the fire.

Comfortable chairs and leather couch inside the Pooles Rock Cellar Door tasting room

If you are looking to travel to the Hunter Valley this winter and want to stay warm, our newly renovated Pooles Rock Cellar Door is the place to be! Enjoy tasting some of our Premium wines from the Pooles Rock range whilst keeping warm sitting fireside – book here today!

The Perfect Hunter Escape

Escape to the Hunter Valley, where world-famous wineries, acclaimed restaurants, delicious local produce and luxurious hideaways are in abundance. Surrounded by magnificent natural beauty, and only two hours from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is the perfect destination to visit and is stunning any time of the year. Here are our top picks to create the perfect itinerary that will delight couples, groups and families alike;

Stop 1: Set on the crest of a hill, the Audrey Wilkinson cellar door has 360-degree views of the picturesque patchwork of vines and paddocks of the Hunter Valley. The sandstone and timber building suggests the deep history of the vineyard, with vines first planted by the Wilkinson family in 1866.

Best outdoor wine tasting in Australia, Pooles Rock

One of the most popular cellar doors in Australia, Audrey Wilkinson is a must-visit when in the Hunter Valley region. The homestead-style cellar door is encircled by an expansive verandah, the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine while soaking up the breathtaking views.

Cheers to a beautiful picnic among the vines at Pooles Rock

With a variety of options available to enjoy such as our marquee ‘Picnic Among the Vines’ experience, indulgent ‘Fortified & Fromage’ experience, or simply the joy of tasting some of the Hunter Valleys best wines in the most beautiful vineyard in Australia. Be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Stop 2: Equally as beautiful vista, the Pooles Rock cellar door is housed in a stunning architecturally designed building, perched on the edge of a picturesque dam – it boasts views of lush green vines and the impressive terrain of the Brokenback mountain range encircles the vineyard, a stunning setting to enjoy a premium wine and food experience.

Best wine tasting experiences in Pokolbin, Australia, Pooles Rock

Pooles Rock was founded over 40 years ago and quickly built a reputation for classic, full-bodied Hunter Valley Chardonnay. Pooles Rock wines is now synonymous with the very best of the Hunter Valley Classics – Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. The wines continue to be made in a classic style, showcasing single vineyard sites of exceptional quality and reputation. In particular, the Post Office Vineyard in the sub region of Pokolbin with Shiraz vines over 120 years old and the Soldier Settlers Vineyard in the sub region of broke footage with both Chardonnay and Semillon vines reportedly over 100 years old.

Stop 3: Located conveniently beside Pooles Rock, Hunters Quarter (HQ) is a relaxed and elegant dining destination, perfect for lunch or dinner. A classic dining space with something for everyone – whatever the occasion. Discover a contemporary dining experience with welcoming service in a unique and beautiful setting. With a private terrace in the Pooles Rock vineyards, it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours with family, friends and fantastic food. Come in and settle into a chair in our restaurant and dine on a fresh seasonal dish or two.

Indoor tastings at Pooles Rock

Stop 4: Take a moment to settle into your accommodation – there’s an array of first-class options spread throughout the Hunter, depending on what your group fancies. For a charming cottage conveniently located in the vineyard at Audrey Wilkinson or Pooles Rock, choose from a range of picture-perfect self-contained cottages that sleep between 2-8, all located a stone’s throw from the cellar doors of Audrey Wilkinson or Pooles Rock.

View of the exterior of Pooles Rock tasting room in Australia

Or for a more hotel-style stay, you can’t go past the luxurious Voco Kirkton Park. Set on 70 acres of manicured gardens with rolling countryside views and the Brokenback Ranges in the distance, wake up in elegant and stylish rooms and suites with picturesque views every day of your stay at voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.

Exterior of Pooles Rock with water fountain

Stop 5: End your day with dinner at local favourite Twine Restaurant – Offering a modern Australian menu, showcasing local produce, picturesque views, Hunter Valley wines & fantastic service.  The Twine menu is vast and matched with a stunning array of local wines.

Audrey Wilkinson wine and charcuterie board

And while the Hunter Valley is best known for it’s plentiful wine and food options, there are also some other wonderful activities you might consider enjoying while you are there – try a class at Our Italian Table. Located in the beautiful Nicita Estate nestled amongst the vines, with views in all directions. Jen and her team have a passion to provide guests with a food and wine experience you’ll remember for time to come. Book your cooking class ahead here.

Pooles Rock Vineyard in Hunter Valley, Australia

Or feel like some pampering after a full day of wine’ing? Give the lovely team at Heavenly Hunter Massages a call. Heavenly Hunter Massage offers divine massages, skin care treats and healing Reiki Treatments from their Mini Day Spa at the Mercure Resort, Hunter Valley Gardens as well as mobile treatments.