Hot 100 Wines 2017/18 – The Complete List

Peruse, pick up, savour and enjoy these 100 most drinkable South Australian wines, courtesy of the team of Hot 100 Wines 2017/18 judges, who blind tasted nearly 1400 different wines as part of this year’s competition.

Shaw + Smith’s 2016 Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills nabbed top spot at the end of it, with a Taylors 2017 Tempranillo from Clare Valley/McLaren Vale and Jericho 2017 Rosé also from the Hills nipping at its heels.

Outside of the top 10, 10 wineries this year made multiple entries into the overall field. Leconfield, in particular, whose 2015 Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot ranked number 7 has three more red wines in the Hot 100. Shingleback’s 2015 Davey Estate Reserve Shiraz placed at number 10 in the top 10, and the winery also squeezed two more reds into the overall 100.

From there, eight wineries had two wines each in the whole 100. Jericho’s Rosé made number three, with their 2016 Fiano also slipping in, while Fox Creek, Hahndorf Hill Winery, Rock of Wisdom, Ochota Barrels, Altze’s Corner, Hither & Yon and Mitolo Wines all got two bottles in outside of the top 10.

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Hot 100 Wines 2017/18’s Judges (photo: Josh Geelen)

With new Head Judge Peter Dredge leading a pack of wine boffins from diverse fields, this year’s Hot 100 Wines took on a new flavour. Outside of the traditional top 10 wines, Dredge has narrowed the wine categories from 11 down to seven: Sparkling, Light Aromatic Wines, Whites with Texture, Orange and Rosé, Fruit Forward Reds, Structural and Savoury Reds, Reds with Power and Presence, plus Vermouth, Dessert and Fortifieds.

Read on to explore the full Hot 100 Wines below, check out the top 10 wines and other prizes awarded in greater depth here, and pick up the free Hot 100 Wines 2017/18 magazine for full tasting notes, recipes and interviews.

TOP TEN MOST DRINKABLE WINES OF 2017/18

1.
Shaw & Smith
2016 Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills

2. Taylors
2017 Tempranillo
Clare Valley/McLaren Vale

3.
Jericho
2017 Rosé
Adelaide Hills

4.
Yelland & Papps
2016 Second Take Grenache
Barossa Valley

5.
Z Wine
2017 August Old Vine Grenache
Barossa Valley

6.
d’Arenberg
2016 The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay
Adelaide Hills

7.
Leconfield
2015 Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot
Coonawarra

8.
Norfolk Rise Vineyard
2015 Mount Benson Shiraz
Coonawarra

9.
Burge Family Winemakers
‘Wilsford’ Old Liquor Muscat
Barossa Valley

10.
Shingleback
2015 Davey Estate Reserve Shiraz
McLaren Vale

SPARKLING

Deviation Road
2012 Beltana Blanc de Blancs
Adelaide Hills

Majella Wines
NV Minuet
Coonawarra

Fox Creek
NV Arctic Fox Grand Cuvee
McLaren Vale

The Willows Vineyard
The Doctor Sparkling Shiraz
Barossa Valley

Engine Room
Sparkling Shiraz
McLaren Vale

LIGHT AROMATIC WHITES

Mark’s Vineyard
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Adelaide Hills

Hahndorf Hill Winery
2017 White Mischief Gruner Veltliner
Adelaide Hills

Hugh Hamilton
2017 The Trickster Pinot Grigio
Adelaide Hills

Tempus Two
2017 Copper Gewurztraminer
Adelaide Hills

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard
2016 Riesling
Adelaide Hills

DiGiorgio Family Wines
2017 Riesling
Limestone Coast

Dandelion Vineyards
2017 Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling
Eden Valley

Stage Door Wine
2017 Green Room Riesling
Eden Valley

Irvine
2017 Springhill Riesling
Eden Valley

Bremerton
2017 Special Release Vermentino
McLaren Vale

WHITES WITH TEXTURE

Three Dark Horses
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Adelaide Hills

Lofty Valley
2016 Ascent Chardonnay
Adelaide Hills

Turon Wines
2017 Field Blend
Adelaide Hills

Two in the Bush
2016 Chardonnay
Adelaide Hills

Jericho
2016 Fiano
Adelaide Hills

Sevenhill
2017 St Francis Xavier Riesling
Clare Valley

Heggies Vineyard
2015 Chardonnay
Eden Valley

ORANGE AND ROSÉ

Lansdowne Vineyard
2017 Pinot Rosé
Adelaide Hills

Wangolina
2017 Dolcetto Tempranillo
Limestone Coast

Brothers at War
2017 Mums Love Rosé
Eden Valley

S.C Pannell
2017 Arido Grenache Rosé
McLaren Vale

Poppy the Frenchie
2017 Grenache Rosé
McLaren Vale

Hither & Yon
2017 Rosé
McLaren Vale

Lake Breeze
2017 Rosato
Langhorne Creek

Mitolo Wines
2017 Jester Sangiovese Rosé
McLaren Vale

Yangarra Estate Vineyard
2017 Grenache Rosé
McLaren Vale

FRUIT FORWARD REDS

Honey Moon Vineyard
2016 Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills

Shottesbrooke
2016 Estate Series Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills

Murdoch Hill
2017 Ridley Pinot x Three
Adelaide Hills

Gentle Folk
2017 Vin de Sofa Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills

Kalleske
2016 Fordson Zinfandel
Barossa valley

Atze’s Corner
2016 GSM
Barossa Valley

Hesketh Wines
2016 Negroamaro
Barossa valley

Torbreck
2016 The Loon Shiraz
Barossa Valley

Koerner Wine
2016 Nielluccio Sangiovese
Clare Valley

Gertie
2017 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Clare Valley

Cape Jaffa
2016 Riptide Red Blend
Coonawarra

Ricca Terra Vintners
2017 Tinta Barroca
Riverland

Hither & Yon
2017 Nero d’Avola
McLaren Vale

Sherrah Wines
2016 Red Et Al Grenache Shiraz Nero
McLaren Vale

La Prova
2016 Nero d’avolo
McLaren Vale

STRUCTURAL AND SAVOURY REDS

Charlotte Dalton
2016 Love me; Love you Shiraz
Adelaide Hills

Scott
2015 Hope Forest Syrah
Adelaide Hills

BK Wines
2017 Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills

El Desperado
2016 Red Blend
Adelaide Hills

Gestalt
2015 Nocturne Tannat
Adelaide Hills

Michael Hall
2016 Sang de Pigeon Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills

Rock of Wisdom
2016 Grenache
Barossa Valley

Rock of Wisdom
2016 Mataro
Barossa Valley

Soul Growers
2016 Shiraz
Barossa Valley

St Hallett Wines
2016 Mataro Cellar Reserve
Barossa Valley

Claymore Wines
2016 Blackbird Sangiovese
Clare Valley

Mr Hyde Wines
2015 High and Dry Mourvedre
Adelaide Hills

Leconfield
2016 Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Franc
Coonawarra

Landaire
2016 Graciano
Adelaide Hills

Tapanappa
2015 Pinot Noir
Fleurieu Peninsula

Ochota Barrels
2017 The Fugazi Vineyard Grenache
Adelaide Hills

Ministry of Clouds
2016 McLaren Vale Tempranillo Grenache
McLaren Vale

The 5OS Project
2016 McLaren Vale Mataro
McLaren Vale

Mitolo Wines
2015 Jester Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale

Loom Wine
2016 SV Field Blend McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz
McLaren Vale

RED WITH POWER AND PRESENCE

CRFT Wines
2015 Cemetery Vineyard Shiraz
Barossa Valley

Atze’s Corner
2016 Shiraz
Barossa Valley

Henschke
2013 Marble Angel Cabernet Sauvignon
Barossa Valley

Peter Lehmann
2015 VSV 1885 Shiraz
Barossa Valley

Eldredge Vineyards
2014 Eldredge Reserve Malbec
Clare Valley

Leconfield
2016 Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra

Leconfield
2015 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra

Hollick
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra

Gatt
2015 High Eden Shiraz
Eden Valley

Shingleback
2016 Red Knot Classified Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Fox Creek
2014 Reserve Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Reynella
2015 Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale

Ochota Barrels
2017 A Sense of Compression Grenache
McLaren Vale

Hedonist
2015 Reserve Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Penny’s Hill
2015 ‘Skeleton Key’ Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Shingleback
2015 Shingleback Davey Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale

Oliver’s Taranga
2016 Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Woodstock Wine Estate
2014 ‘The Stocks’ Shiraz
McLaren vale

McGuigan
2014 Handmade Shiraz
Langhorne Creek

Mordrelle Wines
2016 Malbec
Langhorne Creek

VERMOUTH, DESSERT AND FORTIFIED

Hahndorf Hill
2016 Green Angel Gruner Veltliner Late Harvest
Adelaide Hills

SKEW Wine Co
2016 Vermouth
Eden Valley

Dog Ridge
NV Fortified Viognier
McLaren Vale

Penfolds
NV Grandfather Rare Tawny
South Australia