New Zealand Wine Submissions

For New Zealand producers submitting wines for review by the Halliday Tasting Team.

Submitting wines for review in the Halliday Wine Companion




The Halliday Wine Companion is an independent wine review publication, assessing Australian & New Zealand wines for our subscribers. All reviews are published online throughout the year and a selection are also published in the quarterly magazine. At this stage, NZ wineries and wines will not be printed in the Halliday Wine Companion book.


What's new?

  • Please register wines for review here before sending
  • Chief editor and tasting panel: details below
  • New winery details, or updates to existing winery information, can be advised via this form

The details and requirements for submitting samples for the Halliday Wine Companion are below.

 

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The review process
Deadlines
Eligible wines
Wine information
Packaging
Winery information and star ratings
Regional experts tasting panel
Can I send wines to more than one member of the tasting panel?
Tasting panel delivery details
Questions

The review process

  • Wines are reviewed free of charge to all New Zealand wineries. Please note we do charge an on-boarding fee ($275+gst) in order to establish your winery profile. This is a once-off fee.
  • Wines are scored according to the standard 100-point system. Wines scored below 84 points are listed online without comment or rating.
  • Wine reviews are not always positive – that is the nature of independent review. All wine reviews, regardless of score, exist on winecompanion.com.au ad infinitum for our readers.
  • Wines are reviewed once, unless a museum/cellar release.
  • Wineries are assigned annual star ratings, based on each winery's highest wine scores. The criteria for star ratings can be read here.

 

 

Please note that reviews are only visible to Halliday Wine Companion subscribers. 


A subscription alone does not provide rights to republish the Companion’s scores and reviews elsewhere; if you wish to reproduce the Companion’s scores or reviews in your own marketing, you will need to speak to the membership team.

 

Deadlines

  • Friday July 26, 2024: Deadline for samples to arrive.

As always, it’s best not to wait until the deadline. The earlier samples are submitted, the sooner wines can be tasted, reviewed and published online. We always ask, for the sake of the wine, that you watch weather forecasts and try to avoid shipping during the hottest weeks.

Feel free to send wines in when they are ready – multiple smaller submissions are welcome. There’s no need to wait for one big annual submission if your release dates are staggered throughout the year.

 

Eligible wines 

Submitted wines must be:

  • Finished wines – tank and barrel samples are not accepted
  • Made only from New Zealand grapes
  • Vinified in an New Zealand winery
  • Available for sale in New Zealand through a legitimate retail outlet (wine retailer, cellar door, restaurant, etc) – export-only wines are not eligible
  • Wines made for a specific retail channel can be submitted but only if the winery name is clearly identified on the label, and the wine is made under the winery's name.
  • Not vintages that have previously been submitted to the Companion or your taster
  • One vintage per wine (the current/ future vintage), unless cellar/ museum release

 

Put your best foot forward. We're looking for both the best value and best quality wines in the land. Keep in mind though, when you're deciding what to submit, that tasting notes are only written and published for wines that receive 84 points or above.


Will everything submitted be tasted? We do our best. Regrettably though, it’s impossible to guarantee that everything can be tasted.

Wine information

Please register wines for review here before sending. This helps to track wines and minimise error.

You’ll need the wine name, vintage, GI (region), RRP, release date and relevant viticultural/vinification details for each wine to hand, in order to complete the form.

You don’t need to include duplicate paperwork in the box.

Note that lab labels (unlabelled samples) are permitted, but barrel samples are not. Lab-labelled wines must state the following on the bottle:

  • The full and complete name of the wine
  • Region/s (GI/s)
  • Alcohol
  • Release date
  • Commercial bottling date
  • Closure
  • Cases produced

Please label the back of each bottle with the RRP.


Packaging

Please send one bottle of each wine, two bottles if natural cork sealed. Please do not send two bottles of screwcap-sealed wines.

Please ensure all viti/vini details are in the box and the RRP is listed on the bottle.

Please send samples in cardboard cartons with cardboard spacers between bottles. Six- or 12-bottle boxes are greatly preferred by the tasters, as they’re more easily reused and recycled. If you have <6 bottles to send, you can use smaller boxes.

Whatever sized box you use, please do not stuff boxes with soft plastic, foam, shredded paper, packaging beans, empty bottles or newspaper. Please do not send individually wrapped bottles, polystyrene, webs, styrofoam or inflatable packaging, either.

 


Winery information and star ratings

Please use this form to tell us everything we need to know about your winery. We encourage you to supply as much detail as possible. You can contact our Tasting Manager with any other information you would like to share.  

Star ratings are re-calculated every year (see the methodology here) and are based primarily on the scores of wines submitted in each tasting cycle. If you are unable to submit any wines in a given year, for example due to fire or drought, your rating may be rolled over (for one year only) if you notify us.

 

The Companion tasting team

The Halliday Wine Companion tasting team is Campbell Mattinson, Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Mike Bennie, Shanteh Wale. The GIs (wine regions) assigned to each taster are listed below.

Brands sourcing from multiple regions can make the choice to allocate samples to tasters based either on the GI of each wine individually, or on the location of the winery in which it is crushed.

Please register wines here before sending to the designated taster for your region as below.




Area Region  Taster 
North Island Auckland
Matakana
Kumeü
Waiheke Island
Jane Faulkner

Gisborne
Hawke's Bay
Central Hawke's Bay
Northland
Waikato - Bay of Plenty

Campbell Mattinson
Wairarapa
Gladstone
Martinborough
Mike Bennie
South Island

Canterbury
North Canterbury
Waipara Valley
Dave Brookes
Marlborough
Nelson
Shanteh Wale
Central Otago
Bannockburn
Waitaki Valley
Dave Brookes


Can I send wines to more than one member of the Companion tasting panel?

Please only send wines to the taster designated to your region. Only they will review your wines for the Companion. 

 

To ensure wines are reviewed in the Companion, packages must be addressed to the taster at ‘Halliday Wine Companion’.

 

You are welcome to send wines from other regions to tasters for other publications, but please clearly mark them as such.

 

Tasting Panel Delivery Details

Please register wines here before sending to the designated taster for your region.

This helps us to track wines and minimise error.

Taster Address Contact Instructions
Campbell Mattinson

Halliday Wine Companion

C/O Campbell Mattinson

12 Thorpe Street, Newport, VIC 3015

Phone: 0409 405 444
Email: campbell.mattinson@gmail.com
Delivery instructions:
Please mark packages clearly with ‘leave if unattended’

Packaging instructions:
Six-bottle cartons are preferred. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Jane Faulkner Halliday Wine Companion
17 Carpenter Street
Brighton VIC 3186
Phone: 0409 232 996
Email: janefaulkner@winematters.com.au

Delivery instructions:
Please mark packages clearly with 'leave if unattended'.

Packaging instructions:
If six or more samples, six-bottle cartons are preferred. If less than six bottles are being sent, preference is for two- or three-pack cardboard boxes. Please ensure all viti/vini details are in the box and the RRP is listed on the bottle. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.

Dave Brookes Halliday Wine Companion
218 High Street
Lismore Heights NSW 2480
Phone: 0472 548 212
Email: wine@davebrookes.me
Delivery instructions:
If no one is home, please open the side gate and leave cartons undercover on the back verandah.

Packaging instructions:
Please send samples in six- or-twelve bottle cartons. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Mike Bennie Halliday Wine Companion
c.o P&V Wine
64 Enmore Road Newtown, NSW 2042

If you may have been stocked
in the last 5 years at P&V Merchants,
please email Mike first to check.
Any potential conflicts of interest will be diverted to another taster.

Phone: 0411 330 338
Email: hello@mikebennie.com

Delivery instructions:
Please deliver between 10am–9pm only, no earlier.

Packaging instructions:
Please send samples in six- or-twelve bottle cartons. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Shanteh Wale Halliday Wine Companion
1C Hume Drive
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
Phone: 0450 423 408
Email: shantehwale@shanteh.com.au

Delivery instructions: 
Please mark packages clearly with ‘leave if unattended’

Packaging instructions:
Please send samples in six- or-twelve bottle cartons. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements. 

Questions

Please contact our tasting manager Katrina Butler with any queries regarding wine submissions and reviews.


Katrina Butler 
Tasting Manager 
Phone: 0417 751 130  
Email: tasting@winecompanion.com.au

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