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Up to the Challenge

By Friday 8 September 2023September 9th, 2023No Comments

The highest-pointed Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia were last night crowned for the 2023 James Halliday Australian Chardonnay and Cabernet Challenge.

Evans & Tate 2021 Redbrook Estate Chardonnay from Margaret River and Forest Hill Vineyard 2022 Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon from Great Southern were crowned trophy winners.

They were both rated 97 points from a total of 615 entries across 34 Australian wine regions.

The Challenge combines the two varieties to be judged simultaneously. This year, judging took place at Hubert Estate in the Yarra Valley.

Chair of judges Adam Wadewitz says, “It was great to lead such a talented team once again for the 2023 James Halliday Australian Chardonnay and Cabernet Challenge.

“The judges found some real gems that highlight the best examples of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from across Australia.

“It was exciting to be judging some of the cooler vintages and noting that many of the awarded wines not only look good now but will reward those that can keep them in their cellar long enough.”

Challenge Patron James Halliday AM says, “Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are an unlikely couple brought together because each is respected throughout the world of wine through the prism of fellow winemakers, of distributors and retailers, of collectors, of educators, and all those who simply enjoy a glass of great wine.”

Chardonnay Challenge Regional Winners

Adelaide Hills Sidewood 2022 Signature Owen’s Chardonnay 96 points
Beechworth Brokenwood 2022 Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 96 points
Eden Valley St Hugo 2022 Eden Valley Chardonnay 95 points
Gippsland Dirty Three Wines 2022 All The Dirts Chardonnay 95 points
Hunter Valley Brokenwood 2022 Oakey Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 95 points
King Valley A. Rodda 2022 Baxendale Vineyard Chardonnay 95 points
Macedon Ranges Shadowfax 2022 Midhill Chardonnay 95 points
Margaret River Evans & Tate 2021 Redbrook Estate Chardonnay 97 points
Mornington Peninsula Paringa Estate 2021 The Paringa Chardonnay 95 points
Orange Swinging Bridge 2021 Caldwell Lane Chardonnay 95 points
Tasmania Derwent Estate 2020 Calcaire Chardonnay 96 points
Tumbarumba Brokenwood 2021 Maragle Vineyard Chardonnay 95 points
Yarra Valley Oakridge 864 2021 Funder & Diamond Chardonnay 96 points

Cabernet Challenge Regional Winners

Barossa Valley Kaesler Wines 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon 95 points
Clare Valley Jim Barry Barry and Sons 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon 96 points
Coonawarra Yalumba 2021 Sanctum Cabernet Sauvignon 96 points
Geographe Willow Bridge Estate Coat of Arms 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 95 points
Great Southern Forest Hill Vineyard 2022 Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon 97 points
King Valley Gapsted Estate Ballerina Canopy 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon 95 points
Margaret River Rivendell Estate 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon 95 points
McLaren Vale d’Arenberg 2021 The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 96 points
Yarra Valley Thousand Candles 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon 95 points

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