Red Wine of the Year Finalists 2017

They're here! Our Tasting Panel have announced The Finalists.


The highlight of our calendar is always the Red Wine of the Year. Each year, our Tasting Panel tastes hundreds of wines and selects The Finalists – the six top wines in the running to become The Winner for 2017.


For over 20 years the Red Wine of the Year has been characterised by premium regional fruit and the mastery of the craft of winemaking – and the 2017 Red Wine of the Year Finalists are no exception.

Meet your Tasting Panel

While the brief was simple the search was difficult. Choosing just six wines to make The Finalists case from a strong field of high quality wines was a challenge.Tastings are carried out blind and wines are scored based on sight, aroma, taste and price. The wines in The Finalists case look great in the glass, will entice you with their aromas and absolutely deliver on the palate — you simply won't get better value than the Reservation price. 

Gwyn Olsen takes you through the top six in our Red Wine of the Year




Reynella Limited Release Shiraz 2015

Region: McLaren Vale

Winemaker: Paul Carpenter

"History and heritage in a glass showing rich McLaren Vale fruit. Simply outstanding quality." — Nick Badrice, Tasting Panel member.

Dovetail Shiraz 2015

Region: Heathcote

Winemaker: Richard Quodling

"Made from premium fruit from three brilliant Heathcote vineyards showing dark berry, spice and subtle oak." — Gwyn Olsen, Tasting Panel member.

Vasarelli Vineyards Estate Grown Merlot 2016

Region: McLaren Vale

Winemaker: Nigel Dolan

"Yet another hit wine from Pat and Vicki Vasarelli's vineyard — showing dark berry fruits, licorice and spice. Cracking!" — Christine Ricketts, Tasting Panel member.

Abbey View High Altar Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015

Region: Margaret River

Winemaker: Adam Bennett

"This is what premium Margaret River Cabernet Merlot looks like; rich and generous and utterly moreish. " — Nick Badrice, Tasting Panel member.

Tolley Elite Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Region: Adelaide Hills

Winemakers: Julie Montgomery

"Bang in the in the middle of the spectrum between brittle and bruising Pinot, this shows complex aromas of red berry fruits with earthy forest floor undertones." — Gwyn Olsen, Tasting Panel member.

Cat Amongst the Pigeons Alley Cat Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Barossa

Winemaker: Nick Badrice

"Barossa Cabernet is criminally underrated. The Alley Cat shows an alluring dark berry nose edged with spice and a rolling palate of dark berries, cassis and a fine tannin finish." — Christine Ricketts, Tasting Panel member.

Our Red Wine of the Year

It's not just a matter of sitting around, sipping wine. Our Tasting Panel brings years of experience and enthusiasm to the tasting table to make sure that wines selected are only of the highest quality. It's the Cellarmasters mission to find exceptional wines that represent great value; these finalists are those wines. We hope you enjoy discovering these wines as much as we did.

Don’t miss out on this exciting offer!

Our 2017 Red Wine of the Year Finalists are now available for just $185.88 (normally $258.92) plus delivery & handling fee when you join the Winner Reservation. If joining the Reservation isn’t for you and you can’t wait to get your hands on the Finalists case, simply click on the single case price below and take yourself on a journey of the best red wines that Australia has to offer.


Six of our best red wines of the year

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