The best sparkling wine in the world is right here in Australia

According to the world's most prestigious wine awards.
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A plethora of Australian wines have just been crowned the best of the best at one of the world’s most prestigious wine awards.

Tasmanian winemaker Pirie’s Late Disgorged Sparkling 2011 clinched the title for both ‘Wine of the Show’ and ‘Sparkling Wine of Show’ at the Global Fine Wine Challenge. Wine connoisseur, Toni Patterson MW ultimately scored the $145 wine 97/100. 

“Bright, fresh and zippy. Fresh lemon. Cracked wheat. Gorgeous brioche flavours. I love the length and energy of this wine,” she said in her scoring.

Pirie Senior Winemakers Tom Wallace said the team are so excited about Pirie Late Disgorged 2011 winning Best Sparkling and Wine of Show against some of the finest wines in the world.

“It really is a great tribute to everyone involved in producing this wine; from the growers to our team in the winery, with Tasmania once again proving its quality on the world stage.”

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Pirie Senior Winemakers Tom Wallace it was a “great tribute” to the team to clinch the impressive win.

Alongside the Pirie sparkling, five other Australian wons snapped up accolades at the coveted awards. 

At just $25 a bottle, Collector Wines Shoreline Rosé Sangiovese was crowned the best Rosé whilst the Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz ($360) topped the best Red Blends category.

Giant Steps Fatal Shore Pinot Noir, Domaine Naturaliste Morus Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah St Hugo Barossa Shiraz also topped their respective categories.

The Global Fine Wine Challenge is an ultra-exclusive competition which is only open to winemakers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa & the USA. Each year, by invitation only, 120 wines from each of the participating countries are selected by wine experts and sent to Sydney for blind taste testing.

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The $25 Collector Wines Shoreline Rosé Sangiovese was crowned the best Rosé.

2023 has seen Australian wines performing in prestigious wine competitions all over the world.

At the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, the Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache 2021 won both Wine of the Year as well as Red Wine of the Year.

Similarly, Taylors Wines Heritage Label Shiraz 2022 also recently scored a perfect 100-point rating at the 20th annual VINUS International Wine & Spirits Competition in Argentina.

The shiraz beat out close to 600 other competitors. The best part is, the award-winning wine retails for a humble $20 from their direct website.

“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.”

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