James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 Edition

2016 Hedonist Shiraz

  • 94 points - Wine Companion 2019 Edition, James Halliday, 01 Aug 2018

"Destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, 14 days on skins, fermentation completed in and 12 months maturation in new French oak, then a further 12 months maturation in used French oak. Deeply coloured; sophisticated winemaking has resulted in a full-bodied shiraz that will be very long lived, feeding on its balance and length, firm tannins that are nonetheless ripe one specific of its many building blocks. Gold medal International Shiraz Challenge '18 no surprise. Great value."

2016 Hedonist Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 94 points - Wine Companion 2019 Edition, James Halliday, 01 Aug 2018

"Harvested in two batches on 29 Feb and 5 Mar, fermented separately for 8 and 27 days respectively, matured in French oak (15% new) for 18 months. Interesting wine. The length of fermentation and the gap between pickings have produced a medium-bodied, savoury wine with just a hint of minty/wintergreen, outweighed by the freshness and cassis flavours of the long palate - all in all, cool climate references."

HOT 100

We delighted our 2015 Reserve Shiraz has been included in the Adelaide Review's Hot 100.

A brilliant show championing drinkability. Here's a few words on the wine from the judges:

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Winner Winner

Hedonist took another Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge last week in the UK with our 2016 Shiraz. That’s back-to-back gold medals for our Shiraz at this show!

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Australian Wine Companion 2018 Edition 

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Edition, 01 Aug 2017

  • 94 points - 2015 Hedonist Tempranillo 
    Includes 4% grenache, open-fermented, pumped over twice daily, 10-day ferment, pressed to used French hogsheads for 10 months maturation. Although the vines are young (7yo), this suggests the site has great potential. There is truly lovely cherry fruit on the fresh light to medium-bodied palate thanks in part to the controlled alcohol; the finish has gently savoury tannins that tie the parcel up ever so neatly.
  • 91 points - 2016 Hedonist Sangioves Rose
Hand-picked in the early morning, crushed, 3 hours on skins before gentle pressing, cool-fermented in stainless steel. Very pale pink; the ever-moving bouquet throws up rose petals, apricot kernels (the Clappis descriptive touchstone for the bouquet and palate) and citrus-tinged acidity on the fresh, ultra-light and dry finish.
  • 91 points - 2015 Hedonist Sangiovese 
Crushed and destemmed, twice daily pumpovers for 8 days, then one daily for the next 6 weeks, 70% matured in used French hogsheads, 30% in tank, for 7 months. Neatly handled.
  • 91 points - 2015 Hedonist Shiraz

From the estate bio-certified vineyard at Willunga, picked over 3 weeks commencing 19 Feb, open-fermented, thence to 20% new French and used French and American hogsheads for 12 months. Rich, full-bodied and full-flavoured. 

2015 Hedonist Shiraz

92 points - The Wine Front, Gary Walsh, 19 June 2017 

"Not too familiar with this producer, but good wine in the glass. Juicy raspberry, cherry, spice and vanilla perfume. Medium bodied, again fresh and juicy, almost playful, but not without depth. Tannin is ripe and lightly chewy, acidity fresh and unobtrusive, and there’s a savoury spiced sausage thing going on as the wine closes. Great drink. So nicely turned out."

2015 Hedonist Shiraz

  • Gold Medal - 2017 International Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal - 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards - 90 points
  • 92 points - Decanter Magazine (June 2017) - Alex Hunt MV, Roger Jones & Anthony Rose


2014 Hedonist Cabernet

  • Bronze Medal - Decanter International Wine Show


Gold Medal

The Hedonist 2012 Reserve Shiraz takes Gold at the 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition - 1 August 2016

Top 100

The Hedonist 2014 Tempranillo makes Tony Love and The Advertiser's Top 100 for 2016 Wines!

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Hedonist takes Gold at The 2015 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 




Hedonist Shiraz takes on Penfolds Grange

Roxanne Wilson, The Advertiser, 16th October, 2014




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Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition 

James Halliday

2013 Hedonist Shiraz - 94 points

2012 Hedonist Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 points 


The Hedonist Shiraz 2013

93 points, The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson, Posted on 19 March 2015,

Weight, flavour, freshness, length. It’s McLaren Vale to a tee, almost old school, but it’s so well done. Blackberry, chocolate, red cherry and coffee. Balanced and smooth. For many red drinkers this will be just what the doctor ordered." 


Telegraph Weekend

Victoria Moore, "Here's Looking at You, Late Settler", Saturday 7th February 2015

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Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition - James Halliday

2012 Hedonist Shiraz - 95 points


2012 The Hedonist Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Big, rich, dark, sappy and filling, this is a classic McLaren Vale Shiraz.  It has stunning American and French oak seasoning, which adds incredible aromatics to the lusty chassis.

Matthew Jukes, The Daily Mail Weekend Magazine, 31st May 2013.


Making a Case for Tempranillo

The Advertiser, Taste, Tony Love - 28th May, 2014

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The Advertiser, Taste, Tony Love - 30th April, 2014

Taste Tony Love Sangio


2012 The Hedonist Shiraz

Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Rating: 90+

"Deep garnet-purple in color the 2012 Shiraz is intensely scented of mocha, black plum preserves and blackberry tart with suggestions of licorice and bacon fat. Medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling black fruit and mocha flavors, it has a great backbone of firm, grainy tannins and lively acid before finishing long. Drink it now to 2019+."

Wine Advocate, Issue 211, Feb 2014


5 stars

Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition - James Halliday

Hedonist Wines has again been awarded 5-stars in James Halliday's 2014 Australian Wine Companion


2010 Hedonist Shiraz - 94 points

2010 Hedonist Reserve Shiraz - 94 points (Pre-release)

2012 Hedonist Sangiovese Rosé - 90 points


Jancis Robinson, 8 December 2012,

2010 Hedonist Shiraz makes Jancis Robinson's Top 100 Reds (2012), selected from over 10,000 wines world wide.

"Polished, fun, pure. Classic glossy Shiraz from South Australia's McLaren Vale. Spicy and not too potent. Dry finish. Biodynamically grown; attractively labelled. What's not to like?"

Jancis Robinson

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Jancis Robinson, 19 October 2012,

2010 Hedonist Shiraz - Wine of the week

"I can thoroughly recommend this sunny, satisfying drink for consumption, with hearty food, any time over the next three years, and gave it an enthusiastic score of 17 out of 20 when I tasted a range of Waitrose current offerings recently."

Jancis Robinson

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Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition - James Halliday

5 star


James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Newsletter, February 22, 2012

2011 The Hedonist Sangiovese Rose

Rating 94 Drink To 2014

Trophy McLaren Vale Wine Show '11 for Best Rose a handy introduction. Pale salmon-pink; the bouquet of wild flowers and spice, the palate follwoing on seamlessly, the lingering spiced cherry flavours needing no sweetness. Classy wine. Scewcap.

The Advertiser, Taste, Tony Love - 1st February 2012

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2009 Hedonist Shiraz - Wins George Mackey Memorial Trophy

1 December, 2011

The 2009 Hedonist Shiraz has been rewarded as Australia's best export wine of the year, winning the prestigious George Mackey Memorial Trophy. It was chosen from more than 14,500 wines by an expert panel.

Wine Australia Media Release - Click here to open

GrapeGrowers & Vignerons, The SA Grower, Phil Laing - January 2012

Grape Grower George Mackey

2009 Moonvine Shiraz Cabernet Merlot

November 2011: Chosen for second year in a row to be served on Cathay Pacific Business Class


2011 Hedonist Sangiovese Rose - 2011 CARTeSIAN McLaren Vale Wine Show

October, 2011: Trophy - Sections 1 & 5: Best Small Batch Wine

The Advertiser Top 100 Wines, Tony Love - 10th November 2010

Taste - 20th April 2010, Tony Love, National Wine writer.

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2010 Edition

The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006, A rich, full-flavoured, medium- to full-bodied wine with a supple texture and mouthfeel to the mix of blackberry, dark chocolate and vanilla oak, the tannins are ripe and soft. Scewcap. 14 alc. Rating 93 Drink To 2021  $19

Who Said Pigs Can’t Fly?

The Hedonist Shiraz chosen to be served on British Airways Business Class.
Last year we learnt that pigs could fly - provided it was Business class on British Airways, with the prominent "pig" label of the Hedonist Shiraz being the airline's pouring red.

The worldwide swine flu epidemic has translated to a worldwide swine wine expansion; British Airways now intend to increase the wine's spread from 25 per cent of its international routes to 100 per cent - yes, all four corners of the globe. Good news indeed for both the international globe trotter and the now famous flying pig of hedonism.

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2008 Edition

The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2005, Strong colour; powerful regional blackberry, dark chocolate, warm vanilla oak and soft tannins; indeed, the Pig satisfied. Scewcap. 14.5 alc. Rating 92 Drink To 2020  $19

The Hedonist Shiraz 2005 McLaren Vale

8 Jan 2008 by Jancis Robinson

I may well lead a sheltered life but this is the first wine I have ever seen so obviously labelled ‘biodynamic’ . That’s in big letters on the back label. On the front is the thoroughly appealing name of The Hedonist Shiraz 2005 McLaren Vale plus, inexplicably (to me), a fine pen and ink drawing of a pig, not unlike that of Fergus Henderson’s St John restaurant in London that is so proud of its ‘nose to tail’ food. This is nose to glass wine.

The name and alcohol level on the label (14.5%) might suggest something thoroughly over the top but this wine is far from that. The hedonism comes from the pure pleasure of sipping this delightfully approachable and civilised Shiraz from the Winterfold vineyard in the hills above Willunga in the southern, more ocean-cooled sector of McLaren Vale. Far from a syrup or tough tincture, this wine tingles with life and manages to be beautifully balanced for current drinking while not being sweetened up or vapid. It has that glossy McLaren Vale ripeness with some real finesse. About a quarter of the must was run off to finish fermentation in barrels. The majority of oak was new and French, supplemented by 30% one year-old American oak barrels.

The maker of The Hedonist is Walter Clappis who owned the Ingoldby winery for 20 years during which time it had a pretty glorious record on the Australian show circuit. He claims to be the only winemaker from McLaren Vale to have won the famous Dan Murphy Trophy three times, and is a leading exponent of biodynamic viticulture – which can’t have been that easy in McLaren Vale, I can’t help thinking.  Nowadays he is substantially helped by his winemaker daughter Kimberly.

According to this wine is on sale in Australia for Aus$18.35 a bottle. The UK importer is ABS Agencies (contact and in October 2008 (!) they at long last achieved a major listing: Waitrose, at £8.99.

One other thing impresses me about this screwcapped wine: there is such a shortage of decent wine names, with producers coming up with successively more ridiculous abstract nouns that it seems particularly clever to have nabbed a name as appealing as The Hedonist. Pig or no pig.