Australia meets and beats the global challenge

Meeting the challenge

Australian wines have risen to the challenge at the International Wine Challenge in the UK. Below is the list of trophy winners. Congratulations to all from TKR, though some categories are stretching a point: how many wines were eligible for the Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy?

That aside, let’s hope the wines listed below can capitalise on their trophies and increase sales to cover the cost of entry, plus the presentation dinner that some will be expected to attend.

International Wine Challenge Trophies

Premium Vintage Cuvée 2011 Jansz Tasmania Australian Sparkling Trophy
Cave Block Chardonnay 2014 Dalrymple Australian White Trophy
Nine Popes 2014 Charles Melton Wines Australian Red Trophy
Rare Show Sweet White NV Hardy’s Australian Fortified Trophy

Champion of Champions 2017 Shortlist

Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque NV Morris Wines Champion of Champions Shortlist

Varietal Trophy’s

Pikes Traditional Riesling 2016 Pikes Vintners Australian Riesling Trophy
Seppelt St Peters Grampians Shiraz 2014 B Seppelt & Sons Limited Australian Shiraz Trophy
Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Evans & Tate Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy
Noble One 2014 De Bortoli Wines Australian Sweet Semillon Trophy
Cave Block Chardonnay 2014 Dalrymple Australian Chardonnay Trophy

Regional Trophy’s

Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay 2015: Adelaide Hills Chardonnay Trophy
Rare Show Sweet White NV Hardy’s: Australian Fortified White Trophy
Rare Tawny 25 Years NV Hardy’s: Australian Tawny Style Fortified Trophy
Charles Melton Nine Popes 2014: Barossa Red Blend Trophy and SA Australian Red Trophy
Wolf Blass Platinum Shiraz 2013: Barossa Valley Shiraz Trophy
Pikes Traditional Riesling 2016 Pikes Vintners: Clare Riesling Trophy
The Forger Shiraz 2014 Jim Barry Wines: Clare Valley Shiraz Trophy
One Seven One Cabernet 2015 Brands Laira: Coonawarra Cabernet Trophy
Gatt High Eden Riesling 2010 Gatt Wines: Eden Riesling Trophy
Botrytis Riesling 2015 Heggies Eden Valley: Sweet Riesling Trophy
Black Noble NV De Bortoli Wines: Fortified Semillon Trophy
Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Houghton: Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy
Seppelt St Peters Grampians Shiraz 2014: Grampians Shiraz Trophy and Victoria Shiraz Trophy
Evans & Tate Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012: Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy and Western Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy
Devil’s Lair Ninth Chamber Chardonnay 2013: Margaret River Chardonnay Trophy
Woodstock Very Old Fortified NV Woodstock Estate: McLaren Vale Fortified Trophy
Patritti Section 181 Grenache 2015 G. Patritti: McLaren Vale Grenache Trophy
Shingleback Kitchen Garden McLaren Vale Mataro 2016: McLaren Vale Mataro Trophy
Rosemount Balmoral Syrah 2014: McLaren Vale Shiraz Trophy and SA Shiraz Trophy
McGuigan Personal Reserve Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2015: Hunter Valley Chardonnay Trophy
Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon 2004: Hunter Valley Semillon Trophy
Noble One 2014 De Bortoli Wines: New South Wales Sweet Semillon Trophy
Glenlofty Estate The Sawmill Vineyard 2015: Pyrenees Shiraz Trophy
Stanton And Killeen Grand Rutherglen Muscat NV: Rutherglen Muscat Trophy
Museum Reserve Muscat NV Yalumba: South Eastern Australian Muscat Trophy
Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon 2015: South Eastern Australian Sweet Semillon Trophy
Cave Block Chardonnay 2014 Dalrymple: Tasmanian Chardonnay Trophy
Sasso Pinot Noir 2013 Stefano Lubiana: Tasmanian Pinot Noir Trophy

Place your bets

In an interview with Drinks Business on 26 May, Australian Vintage (AV) CEO Neil McGuigan revealed he was placing his bets on malbec.

It’s an interesting play. Australia has produced some good malbec wines, but have any of them been stand-out exciting? TKR can’t recall any, but that is not to say they don’t exist. McGuigan says the company is totally committed to malbec and it could be the next big thing out of Australia. He says AV has 35 hectares planted, with plans for another 30 hectares.

He also states yet again that AV’s recent fall in profits was down to the pound devaluing after Brexit. As is his wont, he exudes confidence in the UK market. Let’s hope he’s right.

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