Australian wines triumph at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

Decanter is proving a happy hunting-ground for Tapanappa’s Brian Croser (pictured) (Photo: Institute of Masters of Wine website)

Australian wines scored six Platinum Best in Show* awards at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), judged recently in London.

Platinum Best in Show are the top awards at DWWA, the world’s biggest wine competition with around 17,000 entries.

The most impressive result appears to be Tapanappa’s Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, from the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, which won Platinum Best in Show for chardonnay, tying with two grand cru Burgundies for the honour. This means the trio beat every other chardonnay in the competition, from every country. Although we can assume the top Burgundy producers didn’t enter their wines, this is a stunning achievement. I don’t yet know the identities of the other two Burgundy grand crus.

Decanter is proving a happy hunting-ground for Tapanappa’s Brian Croser: the 2015 vintage of the same wine won a platinum medal and the trophy for best Australian chardonnay last year. So he’s gone one better this time.

For Australia to win the shiraz/syrah award is also huge, as this is a big and hotly contested category. Mr Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015 and Annie’s Lane Copper Trail Clare Valley Shiraz 2016 are both listed as Platinum Best in Show shiraz, and there may be others. Stay tuned for more information.

Platinum Best in Show are the top awards at DWWA, the world’s biggest wine competition with around 17,000 entries.

These awards are the first results to trickle out: full results will follow soon.

Australia’s other three Platinum Best in Show awards went to McGuigan Vineyard Select Hunter Valley Semillon 2005, Brown Hill Estate Perseverance Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2014, and Calabria Saint Petri Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016.

There were also 20 other platinum medals for Australia. Platinum is awarded to wines that score more than 96 points (95 to 96 are gold). Best in Show awards are also platinum-scoring wines, so Australia had 26 wines with platinum scores all told.

Last year, Australia had 14 platinum medals – less than this year, but on the other hand, Australia scored more golds last year: 49 compared to 38 this year.

This is encouraging for Australia because the wines that scored gold in the first week’s judging move forward to Week Two, where the most senior judges re-taste all of the golds and elevate some to platinum. In other words, the platinum wines have been tasted several times by several different judges – a seriously high endorsement of their quality.

*Last year, Australia scored three Best in Show awards.

One thought on “Australian wines triumph at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards”

  1. Mahmoud Ali says:

    I am not surprised by the success of the ‘Copper Trail’ by Annie’s Lane. I had a bottle of the 2013 and was very impressed. It was the kind of shiraz I wish other Australian winemakers would aspire to make – not that there aren’t others but we need more of them.

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