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Hot 100 Wines:
The complete 2019/20 list

Sia Duff

South Australia’s most drinkable wines of 2019/20 have been revealed in our annual Hot 100 Wines countdown. Last week Clare Valley label Shut The Gate Wines claimed the top spot, but which local winemakers made it into the full list?

Last week we unveiled the Top 10 of our annual Hot 100 Wines, with the Clare Valley’s Shut The Gate Wines taking out pole position with their 2019 For Love Watervale Riesling.

The Top 10 also featured strong showings from Redheads Wines (#2), Tomfoolery Wines (#4 and #7), and The Stoke Wines, whose 2019 Pétillant Naturel came in at #8 while also scoring the Tafe SA New To The Game award.

Hot 100 Wines 2019/20 winners Shut The Gate Wines
Sia Duff
Hot 100 Wines 2019/20 winners Shut The Gate Wines

The full Hot 100 Wines list includes familiar heavy hitters like D’Arenberg, Leconfield Coonawarra and Seppeltsfield, and the return of past Hot 100 winners such as The Other Wine Co., Yalmba, Mr Mick and S.C. Pannell. McLaren Vale winery Three Dark Horses picked up no less than three spots in the Hot 100, and earned the inaugural Jaymel award for Best Performing Producer.

But, perhaps most importantly, this year’s list once again features a trove of new and emerging winemakers who we’re sure we haven’t seen the last of.

The Top 10

Shut the Gate Wines, 2019 For Love Watervale Riesling
1. Shut the Gate Wines
2019 For Love Watervale Riesling
Clare Valley
Redheads Wines 2019 Rusty Roof Barbera
2. Redheads Wines
2019 Rusty Roof Barbera
Adelaide Hills
Yalumba & Hill Smith Family Vineyards Heggies Vineyard 2017 Estate Chardonnay
3. Yalumba & Hill Smith Family Vineyards
Heggies Vineyard 2017 Estate Chardonnay
Eden Valley
Tomfoolery Wines 2018 High Cotton Blurred Lines Pinot Syrah
4. Tomfoolery Wines
2018 High Cotton Blurred Lines Pinot Syrah
Adelaide Hills
Murray Street Vineyards 2018 Black Label SGM, Barossa Valley
5. Murray Street Vineyards
2018 Black Label SGM
Barossa Valley
East End Cellars 2018 Kanta Riesling, Adelaide Hills
6. East End Cellars
2018 Kanta Riesling
Adelaide Hills
2018 Young Blood Grenache, Barossa Valley
7. Tomfoolery Wines
2018 Young Blood Grenache
Barossa Valley
2019 Pettilant Naturel, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island
8. The Stoke Wines
2019 Pétillant Naturel
Kangaroo Island
Turon Wines 2018 Pinot Noir
9. Turon Wines
2018 Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills
Seppeltsfield Wines Rare Tawny
10. Seppeltsfield Wines
Rare Tawny
South Australia

Sparkling

A signature celebratory beverage from traditional styles through to fun and frivolous.

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, 2016 Methode Traditionelle (Adelaide Hills)
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard
2016 Methode Traditionelle
Adelaide Hills
Mr Riggs
Battle Axe Sparkling Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Light aromatic whites

Refreshing and bright wines, perfect for summer drinking. Crisp acid bright that can be consumed readily.

Marys Myth, 2018 Mary's Myth Riesling (Clare Valley)
Mary’s Myth
2018 Mary’s Myth Riesling
Clare Valley
Heirloom Vineyards Eden Valley Riesling (Eden Valley)
Heirloom Vineyards
2018 Eden Valley Riesling
Eden Valley
Hither and Yon 2019 Petit Blanc / Muscat Blanc (McLaren Vale)
Hither & Yon
2019 Petit Blanc / Muscat Blanc McLaren Vale
Z Wine 2019 Xave Riesling
Z Wine
2019 [Xave] Riesling
Eden Valley
Bethany First Village Riesling
Bethany First Village
2018 First Village Riesling
Eden Valley
Chaffey Bros Wine Co 2015 Zeitpunkt Redux
Chaffey Bros Wine Co
2015 Zeitpunkt Redux
Eden Valley
Stage Door Wine 2019 The Green Room Riesling
Stage Door Wine
2019 The Green Room Riesling
Eden Valley
Longview 2019 Queenie Pinot Grigio
Longview 2019
Queenie Pinot Grigio
Adelaide Hills
Anvers Wines 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills)
Anvers Wines
2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Adelaide Hills
Henschke 2019 Julius Reisling
Henschke
2019 Julius Reisling
Eden Valley
Freya and Jules, 2019 Riesling (Clare Valley)
Freya and Jules
2019 Riesling
Clare Valley
Kinsfolk, 2017 Riesling (Clare Valley)
Kinsfolk
2017 Riesling
Clare Valley
Leconfield Coonawarra, 2018 Old Vine Riesling (Coonawarra)
Leconfield Coonawarra
2018 Old Vine Riesling
Coonawarra
Norfolk Rise, 2019 Sauvingnon Blanc (Coonawarra)
Norfolk Rise
2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Coonawarra

Whites with texture

These wines drink well anytime and are classically richer and heavier in mouthfeel.

S.C. Pannell, 2019 Fi Fi Fiano (McLaren Vale)
S.C. Pannell
2019 Fi Fi Fiano
McLaren Vale
Raidis Estate, 2019 Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris (Coonawarra)
Raidis Estate
2019 Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris
Coonawarra
Discovery Road by Gibson Wines, 2018 Fiano (Clare Valley)
Discovery Road by Gibson Wines
2018 Fiano
Clare Valley
DiGiorgio Family Wines, 2018 Coonawarra Chardonnay (Coonawarra)
DiGiorgio Family Wines
2018 Coonawarra Chardonnay
Coonawarra
D'Arenberg, 2019 The Dry Dam Riesling (McLaren Vale)
D’Arenberg
2019 The Dry Dam Riesling
McLaren Vale
Artwine, 2018 Madame V Viognier (Clare Valley)
Artwine
2018 Madame V Viognier
Clare Valley
Pewsey Vale Vineyard, 2013 The Contours Riesling (Eden Valley)
Pewsey Vale Vineyard
2013 The Contours Riesling
Eden Valley
Wirra Wirra Vineyards, 2018 The 12th Man Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills)
Wirra Wirra Vineyards
2018 The 12th Man Chardonnay
Adelaide Hills
Signature Wines Coordinates, 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills)
Signature Wines Coordinates
2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Adelaide Hills
Hahndorf Hill, 2019 Gruner Veltliner (Adelaide Hills)
Hahndorf Hill
2019 Gruner Veltliner
Adelaide Hills

Orange and rosé

Skin fermented whites or reds which can form into common-style rosé or skin fermented orange style.

Three Dark Horses, 2018 Fiano (McLaren Vale)
Three Dark Horses
2018 Fiano
McLaren Vale
Silent Noise, 2019 Nero Rose Nero D'Avola (Riverland)
Silent Noise
2019 Nero Rosé Nero D’Avola
Riverland
Main & Cherry, 2019 Pinot Gris on Skins (Adelaide Hills)
Main & Cherry
2019 Pinot Gris On Skins
Adelaide Hills
Dewey Station Wines, 2019 Moonglow Rose Grenache (Barossa Valley)
Dewey Station Wines
2019 Moonglow Rosé Grenache
Barossa Valley
Hedonist, 2019 Rosé Sangiovese (McLaren Vale)
Hedonist
2019 Rosé Sangiovese
McLaren Vale
Koerner Wine, 2019 Pigato Vermentino (Clare Valley)
Koerner Wine
2019 Pigato Vermentino
Clare Valley
Mazi, 2019 Grenache Rosé (McLaren Vale)
Mazi
2019 Grenache Rosé
McLaren Vale

Fruit forward reds

Bright, light, crunchy, refreshing reds that are both diverse and elegant.

Golding Wines, 2019 Ombre Gamay (Adelaide Hills)
Golding Wines
2019 Ombre Gamay
Adelaide Hills
Murdoch Hill, 2019 Vis-A-Vis Cabernet Franc (Adelaide Hills)
Murdoch Hill
2019 Vis-à-vis Cabernet Franc
Adelaide Hills
Three Dark Horses
2018 Touriga
McLaren Vale
Shottesbrooke Estate Series, 2018 Merlot (McLaren Vale)
Shottesbrooke Estate Series
2018 Merlot
McLaren Vale
Anvers Wines, 2018 Syrah (Adelaide Hills)
Anvers Wines
2018 Syrah
Adelaide Hills
Cirillo Estate Wines, 2018 The Vincent Grenache (Barossa Valley)
Cirillo Estate Wines
2018 The Vincent Grenache
Barossa Valley
Edilillie, 2017 Shiraz (Clare Valley)
Edilillie
2017 Shiraz
Clare Valley
Fitz and Gibbon, 2018 Pinot Meunier (Adelaide Hills)
Fitz and Gibbon
2018 Pinot Meunier
Adelaide Hills
Heirloom Vineyards, 2018 Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills)
Heirloom Vineyards
2018 Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills
Monterra Wines, 2018 Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills)
Monterra Wines
2018 Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills
Artwine, 2017 Hola Tempranillo Graciano (Clare Valley)
Artwine
2017 Hola Tempranillo Graciano
Clare Valley
Paxton Wines, 2018 Paxton Grenache (McLaren Vale)
Paxton Wines
2018 Paxton Grenache
McLaren Vale
Ministry of Clouds, 2018 McLaren Vale Grenache (McLaren Vale)
Ministry of Clouds
2018 McLaren Vale Grenache
McLaren Vale
Main & Cherry, 2019 Grenache (McLaren Vale)
Main & Cherry
2019 Grenache
McLaren Vale
Discovery Road by Gibson Wines, 2017 Nero D'Avola (Barossa Valley)
Discovery Road by Gibson Wines
2017 Nero D’Avola
Barossa Valley
Dyson 38, 2018 Sangiovese (McLaren Vale)
Dyson 38
2018 Sangiovese
McLaren Vale
Hedonist, 2018 Ecology Shiraz (McLaren Vale)
Hedonist
2018 Ecology Shiraz
McLaren Vale
Dune Wines, 2018 Tirari (McLaren Vale)
Dune Wines
2018 Tirari
McLaren Vale
Cape Jaffa, 2018 CJ Shiraz (South Australia)
Cape Jaffa
2018 CJ Shiraz
South Australia
Wirra Wirra Vineyards, 2018 Original Blend Grenache Shiraz (McLaren Vale)
Wirra Wirra Vineyards
2018 Original Blend Grenache Shiraz
McLaren Vale
Mr Mick, 2018 Mr Mick Grenache (Clare Valley)
Mr Mick
2018 Mr Mick Grenache
Clare Valley
Three Dark Horses, 2018 Grenache (McLaren Vale)
Three Dark Horses
2018 Grenache
McLaren Vale
The Pawn Wine Co., 2018 El Desperado Red Blend (Adelaide Hills)
The Pawn Wine Co.
2018 El Desperado Red Blend
Adelaide Hills
Ochota Barrels, 2019 Texture Like Sun Sector Red 6 (Adelaide Hills)
Ochota Barrels
2019 Texture Like Sun Sector Red 6
Adelaide Hills
Riposte Wines, 2017 The Sabre Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills)
Riposte Wines
2017 The Sabre Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills

Structural and savoury reds

Medium-weight with attributes such as herbs, darker fruits and spice that counter with moderately-built tannins.

Yalumba, 2017 Vine Vale Grenache (Barossa Valley)
Yalumba
2017 Vine Vale Grenache
Barossa Valley
Royal, 2017 The Royal GSM (Barossa Valley)
Royal
2017 The Royal GSM
Barossa Valley
Kalleske 2019 Parallax Grenache Barossa Valley
Kalleske
2019 Parallax Grenache
Barossa Valley
Camwell Wines, 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale)
Camwell Wines
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale
Five O'Clock Somewhere Project, 2018 Hagen Arms Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills)
Five O’Clock Somewhere Project
2018 Hagen Arms Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills
Ochota Barrels, 2019 The Price of Silence Gamay (Adelaide Hills)
Ochota Barrels
2019 The Price of Silence Gamay
Adelaide Hills
The Other Wine Co., 2019 Grenache (McLaren Vale)
The Other Wine Co.
2019 Grenache
McLaren Vale
Samuel's Gorge, 2018 Mourvedre (McLaren Vale)
Samuel’s Gorge
2018 Mourvedre
McLaren Vale
Hugh Hamilton Wines, 2017 Three Card Monte (South Australia)
Hugh Hamilton Wines
2017 Three Card Monte
South Australia
Kirrihill Wines, 2017 Piccoli Lotti Montepulciano (Clare Valley)
Kirrihill Wines
2017 Piccoli Lotti Montepulciano
Clare Valley
S.C. Pannell, 2017 Dead End Tempranillo (McLaren Vale)
S.C. Pannell
2017 Dead End Tempranillo
McLaren Vale
Samson Tall, 2017 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)
Samson Tall
2017 Shiraz
McLaren Vale
Tim Adams Wines, 2015 The Fergus (Clare Valley)
Tim Adams Wines
2015 The Fergus
Clare Valley
Henschke, 2016 Abbotts Prayer (Adelaide Hills)
Henschke
2016 Abbotts Prayer
Adelaide Hills
Wirra Wirra Vineyards, 2018 18 Absconder Grenache (McLaren Vale)
Wirra Wirra Vineyards
2018 18 Absconder Grenache
McLaren Vale
Beklyn Wines, 2018 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)
Beklyn Wines
2018 Shiraz
Currency Creek
Bondar Wines, 2018 Rayner Vineyard Shiraz (McLaren Vale)
Bondar Wines
2018 Rayner Vineyard Shiraz
McLaren Vale
Loom Wines, 2018 Loom SV Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills)
Loom Wines
2018 Loom SV Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills
Shingleback, 2018 Red Knot Classified GSM (McLaren Vale)
Shingleback
2018 Red Knot Classified GSM
McLaren Vale

Power and presence

Wines with a richer focus, pronounced fruit and intensity and complexity through the use of oak adding dimension to mouthfeel.

Mollydooker Wines, 2018 Two Left Feet (McLaren Vale)
Mollydooker Wines
2018 Two Left Feet
McLaren Vale
Bigeasyradio, 2018 Funtime Fountain, McLaren Vale
Bigeasyradio
2018 Funtime Fountain
McLaren Vale
Hardy's, 2017 Chronicles 7th Green Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale)
Hardy’s
2017 Chronicles 7th Green Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale
Taylors Wines, 2017 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley)
Taylors Wines
2017 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
Clare Valley
Seppeltsfield Wines, 2019 Mataro (Barossa Valley)
Seppeltsfield Wines
2019 Mataro
Barossa Valley
Fox Creek, 2015 Reserve Shiraz (McLaren Vale)
Fox Creek
2015 Reserve Shiraz
McLaren Vale
New Era Vineyards, 2018 Touriga Nacional (McLaren Vale)
New Era Vineyards
2018 Touriga Nacional
McLaren Vale
Brand's Laira, 2016 1968 Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra)
Brand’s Laira
2016 1968 Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra
Sons of Eden, 2017 Remus Shiraz (Eden Valley)
Sons of Eden
2017 Remus Shiraz
Eden Valley
Richard Hamilton Wines, 2018 'Centurion' 126 Year Old Vine Shiraz (McLaren Vale)
Richard Hamilton Wines
2018 ‘Centurion’ 126 Year Old Vine Shiraz
McLaren Vale
Majella Wines, 2017 Cabernet SauvignMajella Wines, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra)on (Coonawarra)
Majella Wines
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra
Leconfield Coonawarra, 2016 'The Sydney' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra)
Leconfield Coonawarra
2016 ‘The Sydney’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra

Vermouth, dessert and fortified

A broad category that encompasses wine styles from aperitif through to after-dinner sweeteners.

Seppeltsfield Wines, Grand Tawny, South Australia
Seppeltsfield Wines
Grand Tawny
South Australia

Read our judges’ tasting notes and more in our free, 126-page Hot 100 Wines 2019/20 magazine – out now


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