What happens when you put six of the world’s most experienced wine judges into a high powered challenge to discover the best wines in 17 classes from 600 wines, all selected by them as the best wines their nations produce?
And the trophies are – Malbec to Australia. Sauvignon Blanc to South Africa. Riesling to Chile. Shiraz to Argentina. Bordeaux Blend to the USA. Chardonnay to New Zealand and so on!
Wine of Show was awarded jointly to South Africa’s Silverthorn Blanc de Blancs 2011 and New Zealand’s Dog Point Pinot Noir 2012.
New Zealand won Nation of Show calculated via the overall aggregate scores.
The trophies were presented by Australia’s Judge Huon Hooke and the gala dinner was attended by Australian and international winemakers, John Berry the US Ambassador and Consuls General from most of the participating nations and many dignitaries and special guests.
All guests were welcomed by Challenge President Judith Kennedy and Mr Bruce Gosper, Chief Executive Officer of Austrade.
Caption: NZ Consul General Martin Welsh, Dog Point Winemakers Matthew Sutherland and Murray Cooke, Huon Hooke, Karen and John Loubser (Silverthorn), Ray Sithole Representing the South African High Commission and Judith Kennedy.