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Thursday Apr 8th, 2021
Posted by Drink Easy

Drink Easy’s head wine judge Emma Farrelly here! I am incredibly excited about the 2021 season of Drink Easy. I’m keen to see what producers have been getting up to across the country and it will be intriguing to see which categories have increased or decreased in entries due to the stylistic demands of the consumer.

Personally, I am hoping to see freshness and complexity throughout the categories and look forward to exploring a very diverse range of styles, varieties and regions. 


Good wine, for me, is something that shows not only smart winemaking but also a sense of place, great energy and balance; something interesting, drinkable and ultimately delicious!

If a wine has all these components I tend to gravitate towards them in various ways – buy them, sell them, drink them, share them…


This year’s Drink Easy judging team is incredibly strong and I am honoured (and slightly awe-struck) by the calibre of these judges. What an amazing opportunity to taste and discuss wine with so many significant people. I cannot wait for the conversations to begin.

Drink Easy has decided to push the awards back to August to give producers a little more time to get their wines into bottles and submit. It’s looking like it will be a strong vintage for many parts of the country and I can’t wait to see the results!

New Drink Easy dates:

Bottle & Can Delivery: Monday 1 March 2021 to Wednesday 28 July 2021

Submissions Close: Friday 23 July 2021 

Judging: Wednesday 11 August 2021 to Friday 13 August 2021

Awards Party: October 2021


What are the categories?

  1. White Wine -- Light + Refreshing

  2. White Wine -- Medium Bodied + Textural

  3. White Wine -- Full Flavoured

  4. Red Wine -- Light & Refreshing

  5. Red Wine -- Medium Bodied & Textural

  6. Red Wine -- Full Flavoured

  7. Sparkling –- Charmat / Transfer / Traditional (Red or White)

  8. Sparkling –- Pet Nat

  9. Rose

  10. Vermouth / Aromatised Wine

  11. Skin Contact / Orange Wine

  12. Fortified

How will your products compare to Drink Easy’s 2019 Wine Top 10? 

1: Oakridge Wines 

2019 Garden Gris

Yarra Valley (Vic)


2: Koerner Wine 

2018 ‘Nielluccio’ Sangiovese

Watervale (SA)


3: Mewstone

2018 Riesling

Huon Valley/D'Entrecasteaux Channel (Tas)


4: Crittenden Estate 

Cri de Coeur 2015 Savagnin

Mornington Peninsula (Vic)


5: Harkham Wines 

2018 Aziza's Shiraz

Hunter Valley (NSW)


6: Mallaluka 

2018 Sangiovese Rosé

Canberra District (NSW)

7: Brave New Wine 

Nat Daddy 2019 Sauvignon Blanc/Shiraz

Great Southern (WA)

8: Smallfry Wines 

Tangerine Dream 2019

Barossa Valley (SA)

9: Maidenii 

Kina Quinquina 2018 

Central Victoria (VIC)

 10: Ngeringa 

Uncultured Pinot Noir 2019

Adelaide Hills (SA)