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Award-winning Australian white wine

From world-class Chardonnay to tangy Sauvignon Blanc, these are the best Australian white wines from the IWSC 2022

Words by IWSC Judges

Photography by IWSC Judges

tasmania vineyard
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Vines in Tasmania, where cool-climate Chardonnay is gaining ground

While you may well be familiar with Chardonnay from Down Under, Australian white wine is far more diverse and has plenty more to offer than that heavily-oaked style that came to fame in the 90s. The country covers such vast territory, which of course results in a broad spectrum of aromas and flavours in the glass. But there’s also an increased focus on terroir-driven winemaking and small-scale production. Now, you’ll find world-class Chardonnays that could give many white Burgundies a run for their money, as well as razor-sharp Rieslings, white blends made from white Rhône varieties, and increased plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris to boot.

vineyard worker at de bortoli vineyard, new south wales
Harvest at the De Bortoli vineyard

The IWSC’s 2022 results go a good way towards showing how diverse Australian white wine can be but nevertheless, it was Chardonnay that came out as the champion. Topping the judge’s list was a South Australia Chardonnay from Penfolds, scoring an impressive 96 points and wowing with a ‘full, ripe, rounded palate with crafted freshness holding the fruits together in gelled harmony.’

Flying the flag for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon was a wine from Vasse Felix, which earned a Silver medal and 92 points. Judges praised its ‘delicate refined palate’ and ‘serious length’ on the palate.

Two fortified wines featured too: a Muscat offering from Morris Wines, and De Bortoli’s Black Noble 10 YO NV.

For even more Australian white wines worth exploring, see the below list of Gold and Silver medal-winners from the IWSC 2022.

the de bortoli vineyard in new south wales

HOW DO WE JUDGE THESE WINES?

We run a tightly structured, rigorous wine tasting process. That means that each wine sample is pre-poured into numbered glasses and assessed blindly by the judges. Most importantly, our IWSC wine judges are experts in their field, who work across all sectors of the wine industry. For evidence, see our full list of judges.

HOW DO WE SCORE THESE WINES?

Only the best wines sampled receive a Gold or Silver award. For example, to win Gold, wines have to score between 95 and 100 points. Meanwhile, Silver wines range from 90 to 94 points. Click here to read more on our scoring system.

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