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Australian, New Zealand and European wines played to their strengths when the results of the 38th Sydney International Competition were announced yesterday (October 27).

Australian wines dominated the medium bodied white and red categories, while New Zealand continued its stellar performance amongst the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir classes, and France confirmed its superiority in sparkling wines.

The major award winners were:

  • Most Successful Winery: Yealands Wine Group
  • Best Lighter Bodied Dry White, Top White, and Runner up to Best Wine of the Competition: McLeish Estate Cellar Reserve Semillon 2007, Hunter Valley NSW, Australia
  • Best Pinot Noir, Top Red and Best Wine of the Competition: Bald Hills Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand

This year’s competition was judged by an international panel of fourteen highly experienced and credentialed judges, including five Masters of Wine, and chaired by Kym Milne MW for the 14th time.

Judging of the Competition took place in October with 1757 wines judged from a record 13 countries (up from eight in 2016). A total of 256 wines were awarded TOP 1OO, Blue Gold, and Gold medals, including 26 trophy winners.

This year, entries included 57 individual grape varieties, another record.

Shiraz/Syrah was the best performing red grape variety producing 53 medal winners, but Semillon was the most successful trophy winner, with three. More obscure grape varieties made a significant impression in the medals tally, with Castelão leading the way with four medals, including a Top 100 medal.

The Best Wine from a ‘Lesser Recognised Wine Grape Variety’ went to Margaret River’s Forester Estate, for their Jack out the Box 2014 100% Fer

 

The Best Wine from a ‘Lesser Recognised Wine Grape Variety’ went to Margaret River’s Forester Estate, for their Jack out the Box 2014 100% Fer, made from a grape variety that emanates from South West France and has successfully taken root in South West Western Australia.

Geographically, Marlborough had the highest representation of medal winners, with 69, but Champagne was the most successful region in terms of medal winners as a proportion of entries, with a 38.4% success rate, followed by Margaret River (29.7%), and Langhorne Creek (25.0%).

The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique amongst wine shows in that wines are judged alongside food, making it the most relevant wine competition for consumers. Renowned chef Michael Manners alongside Marcel Kustos from Adelaide University once again partnered to design dishes styled to complement the various wine categories being judged.

Information on the dishes and recipes used for the competition can be found on the competition website www.top100wines.com.

Major Category winners included:

Category Country Region Winery Wine Vintage
Aromatic New Zealand Marlborough Lawson’s Dry Hills Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2015
Dessert (Unfortified) Australia Riverina Berton Vineyards Reserve Botrytis Semillon 2016
Fortified Wine Australia Rutherglen Morris Wines Old Premium Rare Liqueur Muscat NV
Fuller bodied dry red Australia Adelaide Hills Chain of Ponds Amadeus Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Fuller bodied dry white New Zealand Hawkes Bay Vidal Estate Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2016
Lighter bodied dry red Australia Margaret River/Frankland River Ferngrove / Killerby Wines Killerby K Cabernet Merlot 2015
Lighter bodied dry white Australia Hunter Valley McLeish Estate Wines Cellar Reserve Semillon 2007
Medium bodied dry red New Zealand Hawkes Bay Yealands Wine Group Crossroads Talisman Syrah 2014
Medium bodied dry white Australia Hunter Valley McLeish Estate Wines Cellar Reserve Semillon 2009
Pinot Noir New Zealand Central Otago Bald Hills Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
Rose New Zealand Marlborough Yealands Wine Group Babydoll Rose 2017
Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Marlborough Yealands Wine Group Peter Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Sparkling France Champagne Champagne Lanson Lanson Pere & Fils NV
Semi Sweet New Zealand Marlborough / Waipara Giesen Wine Estate Estate Riesling 2015

Special Category winners included:

Category Country Region Winery Wine Vintage
Best Value White New Zealand Marlborough Lawson’s Dry Hills Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2015
Best Value Red Australia Strathbogie Ranges Sidewood Estate Are you game? Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Best Australian Sparkling Australia Adelaide Hills Sidewood Estate Isabella Rose 2013
Non-Australian Wine of Outstanding Quality France Champagne Champagne Lanson Lanson Pere & Fils NV
Best Wine from a Lesser Recognised Grape Variety Australia Margaret River Forester Estate Jack out the Box – Fer 2014
Chairman of Judges Trophy Australia Barossa Valley Jacob’s Creek Johann Shiraz Cabernet 2012

 

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