It was a privilege to see the 2019 TOM CULLITY included in Halliday's "50 Great Red" this week. Editor-in-Chief Campbell Mattinson MW put it to the Halliday tasting team to nominate their favourite 'buy now or miss out' reds which yielded an incredible list of 50 great value and highly collectable wines.
Although sold out at the estate, the 2019 TOM CULLITY can be found around the country in all good wine stores. Read on for Campbell's words on the complete list and to discover Jane Faulkner's 98 point review on our icon wine. The full list can be found here.
"Tomorrow we’ll drink better, brighter, wiser. That was the feeling I had as – shopping list in hand – I read through our 50 great reds selection this year. The truth is that everyone on the Halliday Tasting Team is a wine lover first and a wine reviewer second, and so we too are always on the lookout for the best, the brightest and the bargain-est.
Value therefore is always at the top of our mind but then, of course, ultimate quality is the main goal. The great perk of genuine, well-researched wine enthusiasm is that regardless of budget, or setting, or crowd, or objective, you can expect to have every occasion covered, and to always drink brilliantly.
For lovers of Australian red wine then – outside of the annual Halliday Wine Companion book of course – this list is the best research you can get. Keep it close at hand. It’s chocked with great wine after great wine, as it always is, but on top of this the 2021 vintage was a ripper in many regions, and so the general standard at both the top and value end is higher than usual. Given what we’ve all been through over the past few years, 2021 is the vintage we had to have. It’s ably complemented by the vintages around it, but our general advice is, see 2021, buy 2021."
2019 TOM CULLITY Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec - Jane Faulkner, 98 Points
It’s often a shame to taste a flagship wine so young when it has decades ahead of it, but that feeling lasted a nanosecond before turning to respect, then 'oh my, this is awesome'. Sometimes I get very excited. In this seductive youthful stage, it’s fragrant with florals from violets to lavender, plenty of blueberries and bramble all wonderfully savoury with lots of warming spices. The palate offers charm, detail and excellent structure with velveteen tannins and a fine acid line teasing this to a long, long finish.