You may think that in order to drink excellent wine, you need to jet somewhere exotic in Europe or South America, but according to the VINUS International Wine & Spirits Competition in Argentina, an Australian wine is the world’s best – and it’s just $20.
Taylors Wines is a renowned family-run winery located in the beating heart of Australia’s wine region – Clare Valley, South Australia.
The winery’s Heritage Label Shiraz 2022 recently scored a perfect 100-point rating at the 20th annual VINUS International Wine & Spirits Competition in Argentina – beating out close to 600 other competitors. The best part is, the award-winning shiraz retails for a humble $20 from their direct website.
Taylors seemingly have the recipe for success, seeing as they scored the same accolade for their Estate Shiraz 2020 last year, too.
“This is such exciting news for our winery – not only have we taken out a major trophy for our wine, but the judges deemed it to be worthy of 100 points. It’s phenomenal,” said Mitchell Taylor, Winemaker and Managing Director.
“The Heritage Shiraz is a special wine that celebrates the heritage of our family winery and takes inspiration from our very first vintage release in 1973. Fifty years on, we are proud to represent the Clare Valley and South Australia and its awards like this that help showcase the quality of Australian wines to the world.”
Taylors Heritage Label Shiraz isn’t the only Australian wine making a name for itself on the global stage. At the highly prestigious Decanter Awards back in June, Australia cleaned up in the notoriously selective Best in Show category – beating out other wine regions such as France and Italy.
10 Australian wines made it into the Best in Show category, making up for one fifth of the contenders. The ten Australian wines went up against a whopping 8250 entrants from 57 countries to make it to the top spot.
Here are four other highly prestigious Australian wines that have nabbed international recognition this year.
Riddoch Coonawarra Pastoralist Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
At $40 a bottle, Riddoch Coonawarra’s Pastoralist Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 is the best in the world. The Australian Cabernet Sauvignon beat out more than 20 other countries and 6000 entries to win the International Cabernet Sauvignon trophy at the International Wine Contest earlier this year.
Gatt High Eden Riesling 2017
At the prestigious Decanter Awards this year, the Gatt High Eden Riesling 2017 from South Australia’s Eden Valley was awarded a score of 97 – making it into the Best in Show category.
Heirloom Vineyards Alcalá Grenache
Adelaide Hills-based Heirloom Vineyards’ Alcalá Grenache also nabbed an almost-perfect score of 97 at this year’s Decanter Awards. The judges described the South Australian Grenache as “a translucent black-purple in colour, this wine has beautiful aromas of sweet, beguiling fruits”.
Bream Creek Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir 2021
Bream Creek Vineyard in Tasmania scooped up a ‘Great Gold’ medal at International Wine & Spirits Awards this year. To nab a Great Gold award your wine must score between 95-100 points. The Pinot Noir was in good company up in the Great Gold category with five other Australian wines also clinching the top spot.