My Top 12 wines of 2013

It’s that time of year when thoughts wander to the year that has been. So I went through my notes with the aim of picking my top wine experiences this year. Reflecting on what made my top 12, it became very apparent that my tastes and preferences are changing. I have shifted from being a predominately red wine drinker to really enjoying whites and rosé wines.

These are my top 12.

2004 Yarra Yering Dry Red #1

– A benchmark Cabernet from Yarra Valley

2006 Tyrrell’s Wines Vat 1 Hunter Semillon

– Lemongrass scents, baby powder & wet pebbles. Juicy pomelo segments & lemon curd essence on the palate.

2003 Tahbilk 1927 vines Marsanne

– Lovely wine from Victoria’s oldest family owned winery and vineyard and amongst the oldest Marsanne vines in the world.

2008 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

– Sublime. A wine for quiet, contemplative sipping than drinking at raucous dinner parties.

2008 Best’s Thomson Family Shiraz

– Huge fan of this marvellous wine. I would rather buy a 6 pack of this over a single Grange any day.

2011 Si Vintners Chincecle Semillion

– A flavour grenade that was thrown into my mouth.

2012 Si Vintners Sophie Rosé

– Delicious, dry and very savoury Rosé made from Pinot Noir

It is interesting to note that Si Vintners are a newish winery and has quickly made an impact on me. Can’t wait to try their new releases and their Chardonnay.

2005 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore

– A benchmark Valpolicella.

2010 Opalie de Chateau Coutet

– Inaugural dry white from sweet wine makers Chateau Coutet, that was all about balance and power.

2010 Castelli Cabernet Sauvignon

– Stunning cabernet from inform producer, Castelli. Cracking value.

2012 Les Grands Carmes de Simone Rosé

– Fuller bodied rosé with fine grained tannins.

2012 Brash Higgins “NDV” Nero d’Avola

If only all Nero d’Avola wines were this good.


Honourable mentions go to these wines that I tried at various group tastings or dinners.

2010 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape “Vielles Vignes”

– A 100point wine tried at Steves 100 point dinner

1964 Chateau Leoville Las Cases (Magnum)

– Stunning example of aged Bordeaux wine at the Rare wine dinner

2012 El Porvenir Laborum Torrontes

– My favourite white tried in all our wine century tastings

2011 Blue Poles Teroldego

– My favourite red of the wine century tastings


Merry Christmas all. Thanks for reading all my posts and for following what I’m up to….. deeply humbled. Wishing everyone a fantastic and safe festive season. May the wine gods be kind to us all with excellent and taint free wine.


About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. Thanks for this list. I was especially excited to see Semillon represented. I have a difficult time finding that varietal at stores in my area. You’ve encouraged me to look a little harder..

  2. Scott Grieve

    You also seem to have a slant toward cool climate regions, which is indicative of the elegant wine styles that are traditionally produced from these areas.

    Most notably though, two cool climate Cabernets. Some producers in Pemberton have pulled out their Cabernet vines due to lack of consistent ripening from year to year, but although Frankland is a lower latitude, it seems to have none of these issues. Perhaps due to less rainfall, but I’m no expert on the finer details of each regions climate, just interesting to note your preference for this style of Cabernet (in a good way!)

  3. talkavino

    I’m glad to see that you also think about your top wines in the terms of the “dozen” 🙂 I will have my top dozen (or two ) published soon.
    And I love your semillon description – “flavour grenade” – short, but very powerful description. Happy Holidays!

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