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Australian chardonnay still going strong

Publish Date: 04 Oct 2017

Authored by: Halliday Wine Companion

The sixth annual James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge results are in, with Amelia Park Wines' 2016 Reserve Chardonnay taking out the top honour. With 97 points, this Margaret River wine was able to beat the 560 other wines from around Australia in this competition.

The competition recognises a number of regional winners, which this year included the 2015 Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay (Beechworth), 2013 Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay (Hunter Valley), 2016 Medhurst Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Yarra Valley) and the 2016 Tolpuddle Chardonnay (Tasmania), among others.

James and Chairman of Judges Phillip Rich were once again impressed by the quality of Australian chardonnay, with 37 of the wines tasted ranking 95 points or more. 

“Any great chardonnay must reflect the place where it was grown. If you have a wine that expresses a region to perfection that is a mark of a great wine.”– James Halliday

Other honourable mentions...

Winery Name

Wine

Vintage

Score

Penfolds

Bin A Chardonnay

2016

97

Tolpuddle Vineyard

Chardonnay

2016

97

Driftwood Estate

Artifacts Chardonnay

2016

96

Dexter Wines

Chardonnay

2016

96

Medhurst Wines

Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

2016

96

Dominique Portet Winery

Origine Chardonnay

2016

96

To view the full round-up of results for the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2017 click here.

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