James Hallidayis an Australian wine writer and critic and senior wine competition judge. Since 1979 he has written and co-authored more than 40 books on wine, including contributions to the Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine and the The Oxford Companion to Wine. In 1986 he published his first annual overview of Australian wine which (since 2000) has been entitled James Halliday Annual Wine Companion. Jancis Robinson has described Halliday “as Australia’s leading wine writer”. Halliday’s career as a wine judge started in 1977 and he has been accorded the role of Chairman of Judges of the Victorian Wine Show, Sydney International Winemakers Competition, Adelaide Wine Show and National Wine Show Canberra. He also has judged in wine competitions in the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and New Zealand.
In his most recent Annual Wine Companion ( for 2010) Halliday scored the O’Leary Walker; 5 Stars out of 5 Stars. This score is only possible a winery that regularly produces outstanding wines of quality and typicity. Only a very small percentage of Australia’s wineries are award this score. The following is a break down of how Halliday scored some of the O’Leary Walker wines we have in Stock. A score of 90-93 represents a highly recommend wine with great style and character and a score of 94-100 is reserved for outstanding wines that are of the highest quality and distingusihed pedigree.
2006 Clare Valley/McLaren Vale Shiraz Rating 95
2006 Clare Valley/McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Rating 95
2008 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc Rating 93
2008 Watervale Riesling Rating 91
2006 Blue Cutting Road Cabernet Merlot Rating 90
2008 Blue Cutting Road Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Rating 90
2004 Hurtle Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rating 88