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International Wine Challenge 2024 names 11 Australian wines amongst best in the world

2024/7/10 16:15:18

LONDON, July 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Wine Challenge, the world's most influential, impartial and rigorously judged global wine competition, has announced the eleven highest scoring Australian wines in its 2024 competition.

IWC Sparkling Winemaker of the Year Ed Carr, Head Winemaker at House of Arras
IWC Sparkling Winemaker of the Year Ed Carr, Head Winemaker at House of Arras

In its 40th year, the International Wine Challenge awarded medals to 38 countries following an intensive blind tasting by a global panel of experts. Australia continued its streak as the top New World country in terms of medals, coming second only to France. An Australian Cabernet Sauvignon was named the best in the world and for the first time in IWC history, an Australian producer was named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year.

Australian wines judged best in show at IWC 2024:

Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2021

Australian Red Trophy, IWC Sustainable Trophy 2024, South Australian Red Trophy, South Australian Shiraz Trophy, Adelaide Hills Shiraz Trophy

Robert Oatley The Pennant Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

International Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy, Western Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy

Stefano Lubiana Wines Collina Chardonnay 2022

Australian White Trophy, Australian Chardonnay Trophy, Tasmanian Chardonnay Trophy

Sidewood Estate Owen's Chardonnay 2022

South Australian Chardonnay Trophy

McGuigan Shortlist Riesling 2013

Australian Riesling Trophy

Mr. Riggs Wine The Chap 2018

McLaren Vale Red Blend Trophy

Gemtree Wines The Obsidian Shiraz 2021

McLaren Vale Shiraz Trophy

Kellermeister The Meister Shiraz 2022

Barossa Shiraz Trophy

Morris Wines Old Premium Rare Topaque

Australian Fortified Trophy

House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2014

Australian Sparkling Trophy

Dawson James Pinot Noir 2021

Tasmanian Pinot Noir Trophy


In a historical first for Australia, the prestigious title of IWC Sparkling Winemaker of the Year went to Ed Carr, Head Winemaker at House of Arras. House of Arras's sparkling wines picked up 12 medals, as well as The Australian Sparkling Trophy which went to its Blanc de Blancs 2014, described by judges as "a great example of a sparkler tasting like a really serious wine in its own right with bubbles as an extra."

For the second year in a row, Australian Cabernet Sauvignon was named the best in the world. Robert Oatley's The Pennant Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 beat wines from 19 other countries to take the top spot. This adds to the eight medals and two trophies already under this family winery's belt.

It was Shaw + Smith's Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2021 which was named the best Australian red in the challenge. Described by judges as "refreshing and alive in the mouth with blue and black fruits," it took home five trophies including the Australian Red Trophy and the IWC Sustainable Trophy.  

Of the 145 Australian whites awarded medals in this year's challenge, the top spot went to Tasmanian producer, Stefano Lubiana Wines, for its "beautifully balanced and poised" Collina Chardonnay 2022, which also won the Tasmanian Chardonnay Trophy and Australian Chardonnay Trophy.

Morris Wines in Rutherglen achieved more Golds than any other Australian producer, claiming five top awards for its fortified wines. The Australian Fortified Trophy went to its Old Premium Rare Topaque, which judges described as "rich, complex, luscious, and layered with cocoa, chocolate covered raisins and figs."

This year's IWC Lifetime Achievement Award went to Australian wine critic, James Halliday AM. Halliday noted, "I am deeply moved by the decision of the International Wine Challenge to bestow its 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award on me. I'm also humbled to join a list of international figures who, over many decades, have played innovative and significant roles extending into the four corners of the wine world."

The full list of Trophy and Champion winners at the 2024 International Wine Challenge announced on 9th July can be viewed here.


In its 40th year, the International Wine Challenge is widely acknowledged as the world's most rigorous, impartial, influential and global wine competition. The IWC assesses every wine "blind" and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Awards include medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended awards. Trophies are awarded to the very best wines in each category. The International Wine Challenge is committed to helping consumers discover great wine, and the medals offer a trusted guarantee of quality.


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