Shiraz SA wins international wine gong
A shiraz from South Australia has been named the best of its variety by the International Wine Challenge.
The 2019 Shiraz Wolf Blass Gray Label produced in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide, took home the prestigious trophy, winning it for Australia for the first time in nearly a decade.
Wine sells for around $ 30 a bottle.
The challenge judges said they were impressed by its “ripe, fleshy, generous and delicious fruit”.
Wolf Blass winemakers Chris Hatcher and Steven Frost were also named red winemakers of the year for the fourth time.
South Australian wines took on further gongs in the challenge, with the Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay winning the Australian White Trophy and the Kilikanoon Wines Baudinet 2019 the Australian Red Trophy.
Challenge chairman Tim Atkin said that with entries from over 50 countries, it was impossible to predict which would win.
“It’s great to see lesser-known wines like Austrian Sauvignon Blanc and an Assyrtiko from Greece rub shoulders with more familiar names in this year’s Top 10 wines,” he said.
The 2020 Sigalas Santorini Barrel from Greece was named the 2021 White Champion while the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Kitzeck-Sausal won the International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy.