Characterised by integrity and trusted for its rigorous judging process, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is renowned for being the largest and most influential global wine competition.
When asked about the competition’s prestigious reputation, DWWA Chairman Steven Spurrier said: “The Decanter World Wine Awards are here to recognise and award quality. I think that is what has made DWWA the most important wine competition in the world.”
With the contest attracting a record number of 15,929 entries from 48 countries and results providing a comprehensive list of wine recommendations and international stockists, the much anticipated 2015 winners have been announced.
Of the 35 international trophies awarded, Australia took home an impressive five.
Praised for being the best in their varietals, the wines representing Australia’s winning five include:2014 Bay of Fires Sauvignon Black – Tasmania2009 Leasingham Classic Clare Riesling – South Australia2013 Longview Epitome Late Harvest Riesling – South Australia2008 McWilliam’s 1877 – Cross-regional blend2013 Sidewood Mappinga Shiraz – South Australia
In discussing Australia’s success, Accolade Wines (distributor of Bay of Fires and Leasingham) Chief Winemaker Paul Lapsley said: “We’re extremely proud of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 results.
“They highlight the depth of our premium viticultural and winemaking credentials. Our team worked incredibly hard to help craft wines of the highest standards and our commitment to quality is reflected in these award wins.”
With the competition enduring a twelve-year history of popular success, 240 experts, including 86 Masters of Wine and 23 Master Sommeliers, judged the 2015 DWAA.
Australia’s strong presence was also recognised by judges in the regional category – where 9 trophies were claimed – and the wider category – where 19 gold medals were further awarded to Bay of Fires and Leasingham, as well as House of Arras, Houghton and Brookland Value.