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.
The IWSC’s 2021 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 Tasmanian Chardonnay from Eddystone Point, scoring an impressive 96 points and wowing with its ‘nutty and creamy notes, which offset well with good acidity and a refreshing finish.’ The wine is a great showcase of the kinds of cool-climate Chardonnay Tasmania is gaining a reputation for.
Judges also praised the Soaring Chardonnay from Broadland Drinks in New South Wales. The 2019 vintage was awarded a Gold medal and an impressive score of 95 points for its ‘generous palate with lots of stone fruit, a touch of vanilla and apple, showing a great balance between fruit and acidity.’
For even more Australian white wines worth exploring, see the below list of Gold and Silver medal-winners from the IWSC 2021.
Six award-winning Australian white wines from the IWSC
- Eddystone Point, Chardonnay 2019; Tasmania. 96/100
- Broadland Drinks, Soaring Chardonnay 2019; New South Wales. 95/100
- Grape Expectations Vintners, Miles From Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2021; Western Australia. 92/100
- De Bortoli, DB Winemakers Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2021; New South Wales. 91/100
- Hill-Smith Estate, Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2021; South Australia. 91/100
- Orlando Wines, Steingarten Riesling 2019; South Australia. 91/100
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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