We present to you the 2024 Shortlist for Dark Horse Winery. Dark Horses are wineries that are not new to the Companion but who have received a 5-star rating for the first time this year. It’s an exciting moment for them, and for all of us. Meet our finalists below.
wines, two star winemakers, one label. It turns out that it’s a killer combination. The people involved are Eleana Anderson (of Mayford) and Jo Marsh (of Billy Button), two near-neighbours in the Alpine Valleys in Victoria with an enormous feel for grapes, the way they are grown, and the various ways they can be turned into wine.
shiraz, cabernet and grenache rule the roost.
*This is an edited extract from the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by James Halliday, Campbell Mattinson, Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port, Mike Bennie, Ned Goodwin MW, Philip Rich and Shanteh Wale. Cover art by Ka Mo.
The winner of each category will be announced at the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion Awards on Wednesday August 2, 2023.
The 2024 Halliday Wine Companion is available from August 3. You can pre-order your copy of Australia's most comprehensive wine guide here.
Words by Campbell Mattinson