Our 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Winners

August 7th, 2020

This week, the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion awards were held online, hosted by James Halliday along with Jon Faine (ex ABC radio host). Last year Dal Zotto was awarded Dark Horse Winery of the Year. So, the anticipation with regards to the results was off the charts…

We are very pleased to say we did exceptionally well again, recording our best results ever! With no less than eight wines scoring 91 points or higher, four of which scored 94 or higher! Scores like this are not possible without the help of an amazing team. So, to all the crew at DZ Wines, thank you for everything you do, now more than ever.

To all the winners, congratulations. And to every wine drinker out there, there has never been a better time to support your local winery. Every little bit helps.


Michael & Christian Dal Zotto

 Dal Zotto Col Fondo Prosecco 2019A beautiful prosecco, crisp, clean and complex at once, refreshing, interesting. Cloudy and perfumed, dry as all hell, pushed with textural fruit, pear through the aftertaste. Style, sophistication, value and more.95 points (also Special Value – wines considered to offer special value for money)

Dal Zotto Tabelo Col Fondo 2018Cloudy, dry, serious, powerful. In many respects it’s the opposite of what you normally get with prosecco and yet it’s an uber-traditional expression of the variety. This turns your head and twists your mind. It’s slatey, salty, pear-like, barleyed and zesty. There’s a kick of smoked fennel to the aftertaste. It’s quite something.94 points

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco 2019Light and elegant, no overt sweetness, red apples in a sunset of ripe pear. Fresh as a dandelion. For all its lightness it still manages to ring confidently out through the finish.91 points

Dal Zotto Pinot Grigio 2019Well flavoured and well composed. There’s a touch of class to this release. It tastes of lemon zest and apple, florals and melon but it’s one of those ‘sum is greater than its parts’ wines. Price makes it a most attractive proposition.93 points (also Special Value)

Dal Zotto Fiano 2019Crackerjack release. Intensity and character in spades. It’s a textured wine with honeysuckle and fleshy stone fruit characters soaring throughout. The price makes it a steal. No more need be said.95 points (also Special Value)

Dal Zotto Pinot Bianco 2019Not quite unctuous but almost there. This is rich and heady with rose petal and ripe citrus flavours, not to mention red apple and spice. It’s not inappropriate to call it captivating.94 points (also Special Value)

Dal Zotto Arneis 2019Pretty and perfumed with fleshy white stone fruit and fennel-like aspects. Builds as it rests in the glass. Nicely done.91 points

Dal Zotto Sangiovese 2018A good bit of oomph in a varietal context with toasty oak contributing to black/red cherry, gum leaf and clove flavours. Indeed there’s a general savouriness here as well. You could argue that oak sits a little too high in this wine, but its drinkability remains high and its quality is impressive.93 points (also Special Value)

Wines Tasted & Rated by Campbell Mattinson