Every year Decanter Magazine holds the world’s biggest wine competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards. This year an incredible 16,903 wines were judged, the best of which were awarded Platinum Best in Show, followed by medals (in descending order) Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
“The most impressive result appears to be Tapanappa’s Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, from the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, which won Platinum Best in Show for chardonnay, tying with two grand cru Burgundies for the honour. This means the trio beat every other chardonnay in the competition, from every country.” Huon Hooke.
“Pale green-gold in colour. Scents of beaten cold cream mingle with iris root and gentian: classy, distinctive, haunting. The wine is light, fresh and delicate on the palate, its alcohol fittingly invisible, with all its flavoury richness clustered around the evolving (but not yet fully evolved) acid core. An Adelaide Hills Chardonnay which you could continue to age with confidence, and which will certainly have further complexities concealed in its artfully hidden recesses. 2018-2030.” 97 points, Best in Show, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.