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|