New Zealand wineries once again dominated at the 39th Sydney International Wine Competition, with local wineries taking out the honours for most successful winery and the two most successful wines. Yealands Wine Group took out nine medals and trophies for their wines, while Saint Clair Family Estate was second, with eight medals and trophies.
The most successful individual wines of the Competition were also from New Zealand, with the Akarua – RUA Pinot Noir 2017 and Brancott Estate Letter Series O Chardonnay 2017 both winning three trophies.
The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique in being the only international wine show that judges all its finalists in combination with appropriate food.
An international panel of highly-credentialed judges led by New Zealand’s Warren Gibson, and including five Masters of Wine judged the 1800 wines submitted, awarding 241 Top 100, Blue Gold and Gold medals, along with 25 trophies.
France was the leading winner of medals in the sparkling wine category, while Portugal achieved their best-ever success with eight medals, and Georgian wineries won two medals.
In total, entries were received from 11 countries, with eight countries featuring in the medals list: Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, France, Argentina, Italy, Georgia and the United States.