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Award-winning Australian wines showcased at Australia Trade Tasting 2020

Top scoring wines from the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards were presented in London to represent benchmark wines from across Australia.

The Australia Trade Tasting returned to London and Edinburgh this January to showcase the diversity of Australian wine with more than 1000 wines from 250 producers.

From classic and contemporary to the esoteric, attendees are invited to reacquaint themselves with familiar favourites, sample new wines not yet in the market, and discover top-awarded wines from the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.


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On 21 January in London, Decanter World Wine Awards showcased 12 top-awarded wines from the 2019 competition to represent benchmarks from some of Australia’s most prominent wine regions.

See below to see which Platinum and Gold medal winners were showcased at the event.

Australian Wine Tasting, Edinburgh – 27 January 2020 – Tickets available now

Consumers are invited to taste Australia’s iconic styles, explore new trends, and meet the winemakers at the Australian Wine Tasting in Edinburgh this 27 January. 

DWWA 2019: Top-awarded Australian wines at Australia Trade Tasting, London

Arras, Grand Vintage, Tasmania, Australia 2008

Platinum, 97 points
Fresh and alive! Rich and weighted with ripe pineapple, orange skin, slight brioche and shortbread characters. Creamy and textured on the palate with brisk acidity and a persistent finish.

McGuigan, Bin 9000 Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia 2013

Platinum, 97 points
In top shape. Inviting complexity on the nose with green apple, smoke, citrus rind and hazelnut. Even better on the palate with developed characters, talcy acidity and a long, smoky finish. Drinks well today but will keep. Excellent example of the style.

Pauletts, Polish Hill River Aged Release Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia 2012

Platinum, 97 points
The nose is developing with notes of dried flowers, citrus fruit and yellow apple. The palate is tight, juicy and zesty with a very long aftertaste. Magical balance here with great development potential for the next 5-10 years.

Domaine Naturaliste, Artus Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia 2017

Platinum, 98 points
Big vanilla and toasty brioche nose. High toast, new oak on the palate with a great depth of ripe tropical fruit flavour, plus a rich vein of pineapple acidity that carries the youthful fruit. Everything is in place for this to evolve gracefully.

Dawson James, Chardonnay, Derwent Valley, Tasmania, Australia 2016

Gold, 95 points
This wine screams quality. Captivating aromas of mango skin, grilled cashew and a lovely sulphide funk. Taut and reductive in style but with masses of fruit concentration on the palate. Very persistent finish.

Mount Mary Vineyard, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 2016

Platinum, 98 points
Superbly balanced with an elegant wet stone aroma combined with fresh nectarines. Super fresh lemony acidity runs through the palate, whilst the creamy, biscuity texture carries the length. Sophisticated wine with a long life ahead.

Soumah, Hexham Vineyard Equilibrio Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 2017

Platinum, 97 points
Generous, varietal, savoury and persistent with a bright red fruit and sweet spice perfume and palate. Very bright and harmonious. It’s a brilliant wine with sterling development potential.

Krondorf, Symmetry Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia, Australia 2016

Platinum, 97 points
Excellent intensity on the nose and palate: masses of ripe black fruit, beautifully-integrated oak and assertive but ripe, fine-grained tannins. A really well-balanced wine that is a pleasure to drink now but has the structure and acidity to age.

Shingleback, Davey Estate Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia 2017

Platinum, 97 points
Elegant dark cherry and bramble aromatics. Rich palate, with nicely interwoven slightly grippy tannins, sweet plum fruit, fresh balancing acidity and spice. Tapers nicely to a lengthy finish, with background dried fruit notes, plus a polished texture.

La Maison de Ong, The Hermit Syrah, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 2015

Platinum, 97 points
A thrilling wine with lots of personality. It’s blue-fruit driven with abundant notes of blueberry, blue plum and sweet spices. The palate is full-bodied and fruit forward with firm tannins and a long, chalky finish. Great development potential.

Calabria, The Iconic Grand Reserve Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia 2016

Platinum, 98 points
Captivating black cherry and violet perfume. The palate is rounded and rich with wonderful integration of sweet oak. All elements seamlessly combine to create something smooth and rich; savoury and yet fruity.

Hardys, Rare Tawny, Cross-Regional Blend, Australia NV

Platinum, 97 points
Super concentrated nose of toffee, mushroom, and Armagnac. It’s sweet but not cloying with walnut and prune flavours and an endlessly long, complex and warming finish. A truly exceptional wine.


See all DWWA 2019 award-winning wines from Australia


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