Award Winning Wines from H&L

We are constantly humbled to receive awards and accolades for our wines. Below is an ever-growing list of awards for our wines. These include medals and trophies from the range of wine shows across the country.

Hastwell and Lightfoot 2019 Best Fiano Wine in Australia bottle

2019 H&L Fiano
#1 Fiano in Australia
The Real Review

“Rockmelon and kiwifruit, lemon flesh tapers the finish, along with a faint almond nuttiness. It’s a terrific wine. Saline freshness in concert with natural acidity.”

Hastwell and Lightfoot 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Blended Wine Bottle

2012 38 Days Cab/Shiraz
95 Points Gold
Halliday Wine Companion

“The focus is on a cool-ferment and post-ferment maceration for 38 days. Fine tannins, leaving the juicy black currant and blackberry fruits ample opportunity to play tag with each other.”

HandL 2017 Blended Shiraz Wine Bottle

2017 H&L Shiraz
4 1⁄2 Stars

“Powerful earthy nose but also has plenty of ripe berry aromas. Nice palate, well balanced and offering a rich ripe mouthful of flavour with strong tannin backbone.”

Hastwell and Lightfoot 2016 Barbera Wine Bottle

2016 H&L Barbera
Hot 100 Wines
The Adelaide Review

“Sweet liquorice and spicy fruits dominate. There is a hint of char but it remains plush throughout the ride. Enjoy.”

Hastwell & Lightfoot McLaren Vale Vineyard
H&L McLaren Vale Shiraz 95 pts Halliday
H&L McLaren Vale Winery Vineyard at Sunset

Media & Press

Below are a number of the great stories about McLaren Vale, about our H&L wines, and our wine growing family. Click on each link to read the latest news about our wines, cellar door, events and winemaking.

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SA's Best Platters

May 29, 2017


2019 Vermentino 4 1⁄2 Stars

April 8, 2020

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H&L & BevPlus Partner

August 13, 2020

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Intimate Cellar Door

Oct 10, 2020

Wine Critic Reviews

Whilst we love our wines, it’s always rewarding to hear what the wine writers, judges and critics say. These wine reviews give us great confidence in our grape growing and winemaking. When we hear that our Fiano “… has just a little bit of attitude, good attitude, with the crunch to complement,” or “This little beauty certainly has the ‘yum’ factor and check out the price!” we know we’re on a good thing.

  • Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Reviews

    2017 H&L Cabernet Sauvignon Has heart and power… Best drinking now in a big glass, sloshed around.

    Martin Field

    2017 H&L Cabernet Sauvignon Dark crimson to the eye. The nose is aromatic with berries, mocha, and a savoury edge. In the mouth the wine is rich and robust. It displays loads of dark berry fruit wit... read more

    Patrick Eckel, Wine Reviewer

    2019 H&L Fiano The palate has a vibrant, driving backbone of citrus inspired acidity with some spiced pear and lemon fruit tending to lime on the mid palate. The wine finishes with oran... read more

  • John Lewis, Newcastle Herald

    2017 H&L Tempranillo From Spain's most-plant-ed grape, the Hastwell and Lightfoot McLaren Vale Tempranillo (tem-pra-nee- yo) has 14% alcohol and bright garnet hues, ju-jube scents and brisk b... read more

    Tony Peters, Words from a Wine Glass

    2017 H&L Cabernet Sauvignon There is plenty to like when tasting it too. The flavours just flood every crevice of your mouth. Rich, dense and concentrated dark fruit flavours are complimented perfec... read more

    2019 H&L Fiano Light, bright straw gold in the glass. Hints of sweet nectarine stone fruit and hazelnut with an almond croissant richer doughy nutty character, counterpointed by grapefr... read more

  • Tony Peters, Words from a Wine Glass

    2019 H&L Fiano This is a lovely, lovely wine from start to finish. A beautiful, intense fruit driven nose, almost fruit salad like with just a hint of sweetness. When I tasted it, that ... read more

    John Rozentals, Global Travel Media

    2019 H&L Fiano I’m with the people at Hastwell & Lightfoot in saying that McLaren Vale has largely been wasting its time chasing varieties such as chardonnay which quickly over-ripe... read more

    Gilbert Labour, The Grape Hunter

    2019 H&L Fiano A textural and teasing back palate of juicy savouriness leads to a slippery [12.5% Alc] moreish long finish.As with most Italian varieties, this Hastwell & Lightfoo... read more

  • 2019 H&L Fiano There's some swagger about the way it carries itself, that's for sure. But there's a texture about it that runs deep. Stonefruit, quince and whispers of honey tones.

    Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    2017 H&L Tempranillo Beefy Tempranillo with black cherry, iodine, redcurrant and seaweed flavours charging through the palate. A good clip of tannin and a good body of fruit. Both distinctive... read more

    Stuart Robinson, The Vinsomniac

    2017 H&L Montepulciano "Wines made for eating", nice tagline from the Hastwell and Lightfoot crew - a brand name I feel I've known for an age. Initially deep and dark, before the onset of light... read more

  • John Lewis, Newcastle Herald

    2016 Sands of Time Shiraz 4.5 out of 5 Stars…deep purple hues and mocha coffee aromas. The front palate shows ripe juicy plum flavour, the middle palate dried cranberry, licorice, peppermint choco... read more

H&L's Customer Reviews

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Scott Hamilton
03/04/21 - Facebook

A great experience at a beautiful place.

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Kirsteen Freeman
20/03/21 - Facebook

amazing place and host, definitely recommend, cant wait to go back.
exceptional wine and very reasonably priced, had a cheese platter which was coeliac friendly, host couldn't do enough for us.
thankyou so much, we'll be back 👍🍷😍

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Chantelle Vella
13/01/20 - Facebook

We hadn't heard of this winery before but thought we would take a look. I knew I would love the experience the moment I walked in as the friendly guy spent so much time with us, talking about the history of the winery, the evolution of the types of wine made and the family business. The extremely affordable flight was more like a masterclass as we were taken through each wine in great detail, not to mention the fact that the wines were delicious. All in all a wonderful experience with a knowledgeable and passionate staff member that made the experience unforgettable. Highly recommend a visit.

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Gordon Anderson
27/12/19 - Facebook

Was barely aware of Hastwell and Lightfoot before dropping in on a whim. Bravo! Sensational winery. Will be back again for sure. Couldn’t recommend any higher

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Nigel Taylor
20/12/19 - Facebook

Great tasting wines, comfortable tasting room, knowledgeable people. Definitely worth a visit.

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Shane Denley
09/06/19 - Facebook

We landed here on a spontaneous visit to McLaren Vale. It was absolutely awesome. Beautiful wines, tasty food, and learnt a thing or 2! Couldn't fault our time there. Thoroughly recommended visiting and tasting (and buying!).

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Marie Daws Denley
09/06/19 - Facebook

Beautiful cheese platter, amazing wines and very knowledgeable wine guy. A wonderful experience, we will definitely be back

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Jo Keynes
26/04/19 - Facebook

We enjoyed a well paced wine tasting and their platter was superb.

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Isabel Sassine
14/04/19 - Facebook

Great host, beautiful day and great food