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:
|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:
|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|