{"api":{"host":"https:\/\/pinot.decanter.com","authorization":"Bearer MGZiYzBmMWU3N2JkZDdkNGZlMGVhNmNjMjdkMGIzMDRmZjI0YWZlNWZlODBlMzc3NTY2YzYzNzc4YmVlMmE0OQ","version":"2.0"},"piano":{"sandbox":"false","aid":"6qv8OniKQO","rid":"RJXC8OC","offerId":"OFPHMJWYB8UK","offerTemplateId":"OFPHMJWYB8UK","wcTemplateId":"OTOW5EUWVZ4B"}}

Global Drink Wine Day: 15 wines to discover

To celebrate Global Drink Wine Day, we highlight a selection of 95+ point wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards to discover classic styles and global benchmarks...

The catch-all wine appreciation day, Global Drink Wine Day is held annually on 18 February.

Familiar favourites like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Barolo or Argentinean Malbec might come to mind as your celebratory wine of choice – and there are many top examples to choose from when searching DWWA 2021 results – but to narrow down the selection, we have put together a list of some of the competition’s top-scoring wines from classic regions and grape varieties.

Tasted and rated by our expert judges at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, here you can explore a selection of 95+ point sparkling, white, rosé, red, sweet and fortified wines worth seeking out…

Global Drink Wine Day: 15 wines to discover

Sparkling

Palmer & Co, Brut, Champagne 2012

Platinum, 98 points
Nougat, pine nuts, almond and verbena on the nose; grip and a phenolic subtext, slate and stone fruit; rigour and potential tease us with a beguiling persuasion. A complete wine with exceptional length. Alc 12.5%

Andreola, Dry, Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze 2020

Platinum, 97 points
The nose shows aromatic notes of apple blossom over tones of perfumed tangerine and candied lemon zest. Quite refreshing on the palate with a crisp acidity supporting the hints of sweetness. Alc 11.5%

House of Arras, Rosé Extra Brut, Tasmania, Australia, 2008

Platinum, 97 points
Ethereal, restrained and complex nose; indefinable fruit notes but instead a heady amalgam of perfumes. Mouth-filling layers of balanced flavours: white chocolate, raspberry, coffee, toast and a long, very fine finish. Extremely persistent and complex, staring perfection in the eye. Alc 12.5%

White

Domaine Christian Moreau, Valmur, Chablis Grand Cru, Burgundy, France 2019

Best in Show, 97 points
It can be hard for Chablis Grand Cru to reach our top 50 Best In Show, as high-quality examples of this unique Chardonnay style tend to begin life inarticulately, saving their pleasures and allusions for later…when they are no longer commercially available. Happily, that’s not at all true for this fine Valmur: it smells alluringly sour and stony, recalling cold dug clay and plant sap rather than fruits, which is just what we want great Chablis to do. On the palate, it is tart and fresh … yet, as the wine finds the warmth of the tongue, full and sinewy too, with lots more sappiness and just a whisper of full-throttle fruit. You know there will be more to come, but this Grand Cru really does give you a peep of its future. Alc 13%

Domaine Haute Févrie, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Château-Thébaud, Loire, France 2016

Gold, 96 points
Expressive, immediate, floral, with rose water notes and richness of fruit behind. Excellent complexity on the palate. Rich and concentrated but still really fresh. Long complex finish. Alc 12%

Kono, Tohu Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand 2020

Gold, 95 points
Citrus and zesty pithy aromatics give this wine elegance and refinement. The nose and palate are harmonious with some lees giving a fleshy texture, then a long grassy finish. Alc 13%

Rosé

Domaine La Grande Bauquière, Moment Singulier, Côtes de Provence, Provence, France 2020

Platinum, 97 points
Zesty raspberry nose with notes of pink grapefruit and some guava. Soft acidity on the palate with a leesy texture. Nicely balanced with a fine and delicate lingering finish. Alc 13%

Hacienda López de Haro, Classica Rosado, Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2009

Gold, 95 points
Complex nose of orange peel, toffee, flowers, cherry syrup, fresh plums and raspberry. Concentrated, textural, fruity palate, mainly strawberry and cherry, with fresh acidity. Very long finish; absolutely delicious. Alc 12.5%

Red

Marchesi di Barolo, Coste di Rose, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy 2017

Platinum, 97 points
A lovely nose in the floral spectrum with red flowers and dried fruits. A generous mid-palate shows excellent freshness, with cherry stone fruits, earthy notes, tar, and liquorice. Long and fine. This is impressive. Alc 14%

Terrazas De Los Andes, Parcel N2 W Los Castaños Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2018

Platinum, 97 points
Excellent freshness and perfumed, floral fruit over a coconut oaky frame. Youthful palate with very well-integrated alcohol and a wealth of fruit concentration. Elegant style, with a lovely aromatic length. Alc 14.2%

Babylonstoren, Shiraz, Simonsberg-Paarl, Paarl, South Africa 2018

Gold, 96 points
Savoury, ripe, spiced plums, dark chocolate, cedar, and fragrant floral notes with attractive underlying earth. A restrained mineral shine, with silky tannin. Fabulously fleshy. Alc 14%

Château Arnauld, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France 2018

Gold, 96 points
Opulent and inviting, with a nose of plush black cherry and damson fruit, then the palate is dressed with fine cassis, red pepper, leather and sleek oak. Alc 14%

Sweet & Fortified

Weingut Hans Wirsching, Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg Riesling, Trockenbeerenauslese, Franken, Germany 2019

Platinum, 97 points
Pure and ripe aromas of lemon marmalade, orange blossom and honey. Viscous palate with lovely purity and complexity, showing subtle botrytis notes. Very ripe citrus on the finish. Excellent and characterful. Alc 6.5%

De Bortoli, Estate Classic Muscat, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia NV

Gold, 96 points
Delicious aromas of rose petals, golden raisins, and dried fig. A vibrant acidity cuts through flavours of almond cake and baked apple in acacia honey. Alc 16.8%

Ramos Pinto, Unfiltered, Late Bottled Vintage, Port, Portugal 2015

Gold, 95 points
Restrained, complex nose, with cassis, mint, and cinnamon. Good, rich, tight-knit fruit and a firm peppery tannic grip. Well put together and showing huge elegance. Alc 19.5%


You may also like:

New Zealand Wine Week: Top-scoring red wines to try

Top wine trends for 2022: styles, sustainability and supply

Praiseworthy Pinot Noirs of the New World

Latest Wine News