One of the most reputed and highly acclaimed wine competition of the world, International Wine Challenge is known for judging wines that meet characteristics of region and vintage. Every wine which wins a medal is tasted on 3 different occassions by a minimum of 10 different judges.
Here is a list of wines from Australia that have won Gold and Trophy awards for 2016
- First Creek Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay, 2013
- Domaine Naturaliste Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, 2014
- ‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
- Stefano LubianaEstate Pinot Noir, 2014
- Lindemans Ben Ean Vineyard, Rare Release, Hunter Valley Shiraz, 2014
- De Bortoli Black Noble, NV
- Bird in Hand Montepulciano, 2014
- Hill River Clare Estate Riesling, 2013
- Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay, 2014
- All Saints Estate ‘Rare’ Muscat, NV
- Mr. Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2013
- McLeish Estate Cellar Reserve Semillon, 2007
- Sidewood Estate Mappinga Shiraz, 2013
- Penfolds Bin 14A Chardonnay, 2014
- Lindemans Coonawarra Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet, 2013
- Australian Vintage Limited McGuigan The Shortlist Riesling, 2010
- Morris Cellar One Classic Liqueur Muscat, NV
- Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque, NV
- Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon, 2010
- McWilliam’s 1877 Hilltops Shiraz, 2014
- Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, 2013
- Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2013
- Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014
- Saltram Single Vineyard Moculta Road Shiraz, 2010
- Woodstock Old Fortified, NV
- Brown Brothers Tamar Ridge Riesling, 2014
The two top stories which are doing rounds in the wine circles is the news about the craziest wine of Australia and the top 50 collectible wines of Australia. Let’s catch these one by one.
“The Craziest Wine”
The name is David Franz Red Rose of 2015 vintage.
This has been made from 108 varieties of grapes sourced from the Barossa valley region. And, the man behind this crazy wine is David Franz Lehmann, of the David Franz Wines label fame.
The germination of this crazy idea started off some 10 years back when he first blended about 10 varieties of grapes from his own vineyard at Barossa wines. The effort got a major boost when he met Kevin Bartsch and used 105 varietals.
Each of the wines comes with a hand-made tissue of paper which lists all the grape varieties that have been used to make it.
Wine Ark’s Top 50 for 2016
Wine Ark brings out the list of its 50 most collectible Aussie wines every 3 years. This list is about all those wines which the Australians collected the most. The data is derived directly from cellar storage utilities in Australia. Last list was in 2013 and the current one is of 2016.
As per the current list of 2016, it is the Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Blend Various Regions which has notched up the first position. Other two Penfolds wines, Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz Various Regions and Penfolds St Henri Shiraz Various Regions, hold the second and the third position respectively. Last name in the list of Pierro Chardonnay Margaret River.
This is for the first time in the last 9 years that Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz has lost its rank to the much cheaper version. With 8 entries in list, Penfolds is the most popular brand. Shiraz is the most popular varietal which makes up 46 percent of the listed wines, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blend at 16 percent, chardonnay at 10 percent , Riesling 6 percent and Semillon 2 percent. There are about 41 red wines as compared to only 9 of white wines. Barossa Valley wine region has emerged as the most popular wine region of Australia for the collectors.
Here is the list of top 50 for 2016.