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‘Down under’ Chardonnays named in world’s top 10
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One Australian and one New Zealand wine have been ranked among the top 10 Chardonnays entered in this year’s Chardonnay du Monde competition. The competition, which was held in early March at Château des Ravatys, the wine estate of the Pasteur Institute, at Saint-Lager in Burgundy, France, attracted 949 entries from 38 countries. The Wyndham Estate 2005 Show Reserve Chardonnay was judged to be among the top 10 entrants along with the Earls 2004 Chardonnay Reserve, by Auckland-based Landmark Estate Wines. A total of 10 Australian Chardonnays were awarded medals in the competition, but the Wyndham Estate entrant was the only wine to receive gold. The Earls 2004 Chardonnay Reserve was among three New Zealand entrants to receive medals; the 2005 Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay won a silver and the Amor-Bendall 2004 The Cru Chardonnay won bronze.