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International Wine Challenge

Aussie rules: Australia steals France’s winemaking crown for first time at International Wine Challenge by scooping more Gold medals

236 Australian wines awarded coveted medals at 33rd International Wine Challenge

  • In a competition first, Australia receives the most Gold medals with 19, beating New Zealand and France into joint second place with 17 apiece
  • Record year of success sees 101 Silver medals and 116 Bronze medals awarded to Aussie wines

Australian winemakers showed star quality at Tranche One of the International Wine Challenge, winning more Gold medals than any other country for the first time.19 Australian wines received the much-coveted Gold medals, beating New Zealand France’s golden haul of 17 each. In addition to its impressive haul of Gold medal winners, 101 Aussie wines were also awarded Silver medals, and 116 won Bronze giving it a total medal count of 236.

  • Shiraz proved to be the biggest jewel in Australia’s winemaking crown, with eight Shiraz wines receiving the top prize. Notably, five of those winners were 2013 vintage wines from South Australia, proving this year had a cracking Shiraz crop.
  • Among the 2013 vintage Gold medal winners were The Colonial Estate, which impressed the judges with its Exile Shiraz 2013, and the Mappinga Shiraz 2013 produced by Sidewood Estates.
  • Other South Australian successes include the Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2014 by Dandelion Vineyards and Kellermeister’s Wild Witch 2012, both from the Barossa.
  • Three winemakers from the McLaren Vale region also produced Gold medal winning Shiraz entries in this round of the competition. Mr Riggs’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013, Shingleback Wine’s Shingleback D Block Reserve Shiraz 2013 and Songlines Shiraz 2013 all won Golds.
  • Australian white winemakers also impressed at this round of the competition, including four Aussie Chardonnays winning Gold.
  • First Creek’s Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay 2013 and Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 both picked up Gold, while Domaine Naturaliste received a pair of
  • Gold medals for its Chardonnays, namely its Domaine Naturaliste Portus 2014 and Domaine Naturaliste Artus 2014.
  • Domaine Naturaliste also earned a third Gold medal for its Domaine Naturaliste Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014, picking up more Golds than any other producer in the country.
  • Three Australian Semillons struck Gold in this round of the competition, including two Gold medal winners created for UK supermarket brands.
  • Aldi’s The Exquisite Collection Hunter Valley Semillon 2013 and Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon 2009, both produced in New South Wales, received Gold medals. Hunter Valley vineyard McLeish Estate also won Gold with its Cellar Reserve Sémillon 2007.


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“Australian winemakers had a phenomenal result at Tranche One of the competition. Never before has any other country received more Gold medals than France in either round of the competition, so this result is a testament to the extraordinary skill of the country’s winemakers. It really blows the competition wide open, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next Tranche of the competition in April next year.”

Charles added:

“From sensational Shiraz, to exquisite Chardonnay and outstanding Semillon, Australian winemakers have impressed across a range of styles. The diversity of Australian wine has never been better. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on any one of these Gold medal winners, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”

Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners:

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