Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Australian Awards at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards & International Wine Challenge 2012

As is usual at this time of year, emails have flooded in from wineries that have succeeded at either or both of the competitions.  Hardys gave a full list of their awards, including silver and bronze medals, but most of the other releases only covered trophies and golds.  Through sheer force of numbers, Hardys had a long list of medals; one exception to that was Hardys subsidiary Bay of Fires Wines, which won three gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, and (counter intuitively) one silver, one bronze and three ‘Commendeds’ at the International Wine Challenge.  Normally the latter is more generous with its medals than Decanter.  Nonetheless, it was a 100% success rate, which is very impressive, the golds going to the 2010 Bay of Fires Pinot Noir, 2011 Bay of Fires Riesling and 2011 Bay of Fires Sauvignon Blanc.

Moorooduc Estate won the Trophy for Best Australian Pinot Noir over £10 in the Decanter Awards with its 2009 Robinson Vineyard.  Interestingly, it is a wine sold predominantly in the UK, with a small release at cellar door, where it sells for $35 a bottle.

McGuigan Wines won gold at the Decanter Awards for its ‘07 Shortlist Riesling.  It is available at McGuigan’s cellar door in the Barossa Valley and selected independent retailers for $28.99.

Nepenthe won its second trophy in four years for the Best Australian Sauvignon Blanc over £10 in the Decanter competition; in this occasion succeeding with the 2011 vintage.  This is a poke in the eye for those who have been running around writing off the 2011 vintage in south eastern Australia; it has in fact produced some quite beautiful white wines from virtually all varieties.  Only 25 trophies are awarded at the Decanter Awards, selected from more than 12,000 wines entered.  Nepenthe also won a gold from Decanter for its 2010 Shiraz, and both these wines are available through selected independent wine stores for $19.99 each.

Rosily Vineyard won a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge, securing the only gold medal presented to a winery from the Margaret River region, for its 2010 Chardonnay.  It is currently available with an RRP of $23.


Wine Companion Team said...

The following awards were won by Australian wineries at the 2012 International Wine Challenge (Tim Adams) and the Decanter World Wine Awards (Grant Burge). The winning wines for Tim Adams were 2008 The Aberfeldy Shiraz, 2009 Shiraz and 2010 Semillon.

Grant Burge’s 20 year Old Tawny won the Australian Trophy at the Decanter competition. This wine has had a quite incredible show record in recent years, winning multiple trophies and gold medals.

DavidWoZ said...

As a proud Hunter wine drinker I would like to post the following information that I received from McLeish Wines.

"McLeish Estate Wines are proud to announce that the 2007 Semillon has been awarded as The Best International Semillon at the International Wine Challenge (IWC)."

Free Run Juice - Damien said...

Australian Single Varietal White over £10: Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2006 (DWWA); Australian Sparkling over £10: Jansz Premium Cuvee NV (DWWA); Australian Sweet over £10: Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2011.

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