South Africa shines at the Six Nations Wine Challenge

by | Oct 25, 2017 | News, Wineland

Huon Hooke, chairman of judges, addresses the audience at the Six Nations Wine Challenge.

Australia’s biggest international wine event, the Six Nations Wine Challenge, has announced its deserving winners during a Gala Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom in Sydney.

Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2015 from Margaret River, Western Australia took out top honours – beating 600 wines to win Best Wine of the Challenge. Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015 & Uva Mira OTV Bordeaux Blend 2014 took out top honours in their respective classes, and South Africa’s Sparkling wines took out Class honours. South Africa Finished with 2 Trophies, 8 Double Gold & 25 Gold Medals.

Now in its 15th year, the Six Nations Wine Challenge celebrates the very best of the new world wines currently on offer, with the winners beating the top 100 wines from each of the six participating nations as identified by the leading wine authority in each country. Seen as a unique testing ground for fine wine, each wine is sorted into classes and served blind to the judges, who choose their top 12-15 wines and rank them in order of quality.

The 2017 judging panel compromises five of the most prominent and well-known wine judges in the New World. The judges’ wine rankings are recorded and added to find a winner in each class, a runner-up and the top country by class. Each country’s marks are added to identify the top country overall. Chairman of Judges for the Six Nations Wine Challenge, Huon Hooke from Australia, comments on the high standard of wine entrants this year: “It was another great Challenge this year and there truly is no other competition where this kind of thing is done. Wine classes continually outdo themselves year on year; Shiraz was one of the strongest classes, closely followed by Sparkling and Other Red Varieties. From spice to blends to classic vintage wines; it was a great pleasure to judge.”

The 2017 Six Nations Wine Challenge Trophy Winners

Class Producer Label Variety / Blend Vintage Country
1. Sparkling Pernod Ricard Deutz Prestige Cuvee Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2014 New Zealand
2. Riesling Thirty Bench Winemakers Blend Riesling 2015 Canada
3. Aromatics Johanneshof Gewurztraminer 2015 New Zealand
4. Sauvignon Blanc Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2016 New Zealand
5. Chardonnay Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Australia
6. White Blends Rotie Cellars Southern Vineyard Viognier Roussanne Marsanne 2016 USA
7. Other Whites Stellenrust 51 Chenin Blanc 2015 South Africa
8. Pinot Noir Villa Maria Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2014 New Zealand
9. Merlot & Carmenere Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013 New Zealand
10. Shiraz Elephant Hill Reserve Syrah 2014 New Zealand
11. Cabernet Sauvignon Col Solare  N/A Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 USA
12. Other Reds (Light – Medium) Savage Grace Rattlesnake Hill Cabernet Franc 2015 USA
13. Other Reds (Full Bodied) Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 USA
14. Bordeaux Blends Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards OTV Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 South Africa
15. Red Blends Blue Pyrenees Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz Malbec 2013 Australia
16. Dessert Pillitteri Estates Winery Icewine Riesling 2013 Canada


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