Three Platinum Best In Show

Australian won three ‘Platinum Best In Show’ awards at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, where I was among the judges in April. These wines topped their classes in the Australian section and went on to top their classes internationally. In all, there are 34 Platinum Best in Show awards, which include the best value awards (under GBP £15 in the UK market).

The full list of Australia’s Platinum Best in Category awards appears at the end.

Devil’s Corner Vineyard (Photo: Brown Brother’s Wines)

Devil’s Corner Riesling 2015, Tasmania – best dry riesling

Another giant killer from Brown Brothers… just AUD $20 retail in Australia, and it’s topped the world. It’s an unusually fragrant wine, highly aromatic, with spice and herbal/thyme-like perfumes, great intensity and purity of palate flavour.

The panel’s comments:

“Markedly varietal and quite evolved with bruised apple and lime blossom aromas. Lovely, ripe, honeyed apple fruit flavour, wreathed by taut acidity. A super-elegant, wondrously balanced and poised example.”

Berton Vineyards (Photo: Berton Vineyards)

Berton Vineyard Reserve Shiraz 2015, Barossa Valley – best red Rhône varietal under GBP £15

This is a very young, fruit-driven shiraz which is superbly fresh and bright and loaded with berry and subtle spice aromas, the tannins soft and easygoing. (AUD $17 in Australia)

“The fragrant bouquet of creamy Christmas cake leads into a multi-faceted palate of black fruit, prune, spice and a savoury godspeed with affably dry, chalky notes. Bursting with quality.”

De Bortoli Yarra Valley vineyards (Photo: De Bortoli Wines)

De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat NV – best fortified under GBP £15

Viscous texture, deep amber colour; wonderful muscat aroma and flavour with concentration and lusciousness. (AUD $25 ex-winery for 500ml in Australia)

“Black tea, celery, and toasted marshmallow aromatics. The palate offers roast hazelnut and walnut kernel flavours, plus cleansing acidity. There’s a flourish of caramel and orange on the long, toasty finish. Such incredible freshness for such a sweet wine! Staggering value.”


PLATINUM BEST IN CATEGORY – A word of explanation. In addition to the above, these are wines which have topped their category in the Australian section of the DWWA. Eg. The Hardy’s was the best Australian pinot noir, the Claymore was best Australian blend of Bordeaux varieties. Mr Riggs Montepulciano was best Australian red single varietal, which is a bit misleading, as it really means ‘alternative’ varieties. While the Berton was best Australian Rhône varietal under GBP £15, the Pertaringa was best Australian Rhône varietal overall. The Devil’s Lair 2015 Chardonnay was best Australian white wine under GBP £15, while the Tapanappa was best Australian chardonnay overall.

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