The 2021 edition of the Australian Wine Guide, compiled by renowned Australian wine critic James Halliday, was recently released, and Kilikanoon, which was acquired by Zhang Yu in 2018, was again awarded a Double Red Five Star rating, the ninth consecutive year since 2012.
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The Australian Wine Guide"s winery rating system from low to high includes three stars, three and a half stars, four stars, four and a half stars, five stars, red five stars, and double red five stars. In addition to the above, a Red Five Star winery must have been awarded five stars for the past two consecutive years, and the five stars in the Australian Wine Guide will be highlighted in red; a Double Red Five Star winery is the top of the Red Five Star wineries, with five stars and the winery's name highlighted in red in the Australian Wine Guide. Both the five stars and the winery name are highlighted in red in the Australian Wine Guide.
It is understood that the 2021 edition of the Australian Wine Guide is based on the tasting of 8,775 Australian wines by the James Halliday tasting team over the past 12 months, resulting in only 102 Double Red Five Star wineries, or 3.6 percent. Girona is one of only three Double Red Five Star wineries in the Clare Valley appellation.
Founded in 1997 by current head winemaker Kevin Mitchell, Girona was first awarded a Five Star in the 2004 edition of the Australian Wine Guide, promoted to a Red Five Star in 2008, and awarded a Double Red Five Star for the first time in 2012. In addition, Grosvenor has been named Australian Winery of the Year seven times to date, with evaluation systems including the Australian Wine Guide (2013 edition), the International Wine & Spirits Competition (2018), and the Mundus Vini World Wine Competition (2010, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). James Halliday once commented that even in a country like Australia, where the entire wine industry is dynamic and rapidly changing, it is quite surprising how quickly Chateau Grenache has achieved great results.