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2017 Winewise Championship



Winewise magazine was founded in 1985 and has provided an unbroken stream of wine reviews and articles since then. In 2012 it changed from hard copy to on-line only.


The Winewise Championship is a very special annual event. Wine producers are invited to enter gold medal winners from regional shows and major trophy winners from capital city shows held in 2017–18. The response rate is impressive, and this year 462 wines were assessed.


The Winewise panel was joined by winemakers Tim Knappstein and Nick O’Leary, and wines were tasted in groups no larger than six. They were then placed in order of preference, following the practice of trophy judging in most wine shows. Often heats and semi-finals were required before a grand final taste-off. This process certainly brought the cream to the top. The winning wine in each category is awarded a gold-plated medallion produced by the Australian Mint.


The winners are:


Best 2016 riesling                     2016 Jim Barry The Florita Clare Valley

Best 2015 riesling                     2015 Jacob’s Creek Steingarten

Best riesling                             2012 Peter Lehmann Wigan Eden Valley

Best 2015 or 2016 semillon       2016 Briar Ridge Dairy Hill Hunter Valley

Best semillon                           2009 Tintilla Hunter Valley

Best chardonnay                      2015 Penfolds Reserve Bin 15A Adelaide Hills

Best pre 2015 chardonnay        2013 Devil’s Lair Margaret River

Best sauvignon blanc or blend 2016 Watershed Shades Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Best other white varietal or blend        2016 Artwine Wicked Stepmother Fiano

Best sweet white                     2015 Heggies Vineyard Botrytis Riesling


Best pinot noir                         2015 Windowrie Estate Family Reserve

Best pre 2015 pinot noir           2014 Hanging Rock Jim Jim      

Best shiraz                               2015 Clonakilla Hilltops

Best 2014 shiraz                       2014 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Clare Valley

Best pre 2014 shiraz                 2013 Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley

Best cabernet sauvignon          2014 Kimbolton Rifleman Langhorne Creek

Best pre 2014 cabernet sauvignon        2013 De Bortoli Melba Reserve Yarra Valley

Best Italian red varietal           2015 Chain of Ponds Stopover Adelaide Hills Barbera

Best other red varietal             2015 Bakkheia The Wonderful Miss Gerry Grenache

Best cabernet sauvignon blend   2015 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

Best other red blend                2015 De Bortoli Villages Heathcote Shiraz Grenache



All 462 wines tasted will be reviewed during April at  http://winewise.net.au/

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AB Mauri



WID 2017