NSW Wine Awards gold medal winners announced

October 9, 2020
By Ioni Doherty

The medal winning wines of the 2020 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards have been revealed with the top trophy and best wines in New South Wales to be announced at the 25th annual NSW Wine Awards Presentation Luncheon on Friday, 23 October.

Judging took place over three days, 29 September-1 October at the International Convention Centre Sydney with sixteen expert wine judges tasting a record number of entrants (904).  Sixty five of these wines received gold medals.  

Chair of Judges Dave Brookes said, “The calibre of our judges and the rigorous procedures means that each awarded wine really is worth the medal it receives. One of the great pleasures of chairing the NSW Wine Awards is the robust discussions that surround the call-backs and taste-offs and this year, the Shiraz and Semillon classes, two of the great noble grape varieties of our state, were very strong, highlighting the diversity of style and the great vineyard sites of our famous wine regions.”

“The Current Vintage Shiraz class was particularly impressive; out of the 184 shiraz wines judged, 112 received a medal, 17 of which were gold medals! The recent run of outstanding red vintages in NSW was really highlighted in this class…

The Semillon classes – both current and mature vintages – were also a pleasure to judge, again proving that no one does this variety better than New South Wales. Fifty-five wines merited a medal and the best wines showed real purity and very detailed winemaking.”

The 65 gold medal finalists will now move on to the next stage of the awards. At the lunch on Friday, 23 October, the trophies for New South Wales’ best wines of 2020 will be presented, including the ultimate New South Wales Governor’s Trophy for Best Wine in Show and the 2020 New South Wales Wine of the Year.  Tickets are available here.

List of gold-medal-winning finalists: in alphabetical order by region

Canberra District

Corang Estate 2019 Reserve Selection Shiraz, Canberra District

Eden Road 2018 The Long Road Shiraz, Canberra District

Lerida Estate 2019 Shiraz, Canberra District

Lerida Estate 2019 Cullerin Syrah, Canberra District

McWilliam’s Wines 2018 Eliza Jane Shiraz, Canberra District

Mount Majura Vineyard 2019 TSG, Canberra District

Shaw Wines 2016 Reserve Merriman Cabernet Sauvignon, Canberra District

Central Ranges

Angullong 2017 Fossil Hill Shiraz, Viognier, Orange

Brokenwood 2019 Forest Edge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Orange

Cassegrain Wines 2019 White Label Shiraz, Central Ranges / Hilltops

Centennial Vineyards NV Blanc de Blancs, Orange / Southern Highlands

Cooks Lot 2017 Iconique Barrique Chardonnay, Orange

Cooks Lot 2019 Allotment 8 Handpicked Shiraz, Orange

Colmar Estate 2019 Block 6 Riesling, Orange

Gartelmann Wines 2018 Lisa Chardonnay, Orange

Gilbert 2019 Riesling RS11, Orange

Gilbert 2012 Riesling, Orange

Gilbert 2017 LCR Chardonnay, Orange

Horner Wines 2019 Family Reserve Organic Shiraz, Marsanne, Orange

JS Wine 2018 Reserve Cabernet Franc, Orange

Pepper Tree 2017 ‘Venus Block’ Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Orange

Philip Shaw Wines 2018 No89 Shiraz, Orange

Philip Shaw Wines 2019 No8 Pinot Noir, Orange

Printhie Wines Swift NV Rosé, Orange

Renzaglia 2018 Bella Luna Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Central Ranges

Rowlee 2019 Syrah, Orange

See Saw See Saw 2020 Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Orange


Eden Road 2019 Gundagai Sangiovese, Gundagai

Nick Spencer Wines 2019 Medium Dry Red Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Gundagai / Hilltops

Ballinaclash 2019 Tom Cabernet Sauvignon, Hilltops

Ballinaclash 2018 John Shiraz, Hilltops

Hungerford Hill 2018 Corvina, Hilltops

McWilliam’s Wines 2018 McWilliam’s 1877 Shiraz, Hilltops

McWilliam’s Wines 2019 McWilliam’s 480 Shiraz, Hilltops

Hunter Valley

Audrey Wilkinson 2019 The Ridge Semillon, Hunter Valley

Bimbadgen 2020 Palmers Lane Single Vineyard Semillon, Hunter Valley

Boydell’s 2019 Reserve Chardonnay, Hunter Valley

Briar Ridge 2018 Dairy Hill Single Vineyard Semillon, Hunter Valley

Briar Ridge 2018 Stockhausen Signature Series Semillon, Hunter Valley

De Iuliis Wines 2018 LDR Vineyard Shiraz, Touriga Nacional, Hunter Valley

De Iuliis Wines 2019 LDR Vineyard Shiraz, Touriga Nacional, Hunter Valley

De Iuliis Wines 2019 Limited Release Shiraz, Hunter Valley

Hart & Hunter 2019 Single Vineyard Series Oakey Creek Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley

Horseshoe Vineyard 2019 Chardonnay, Hunter Valley

Margan 2019 Saxonvale Mourvedre, Hunter Valley

Margan 2019 Saxonvale Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Hunter Valley

McGuigan 2018 Bin 9000 Semillon, Hunter Valley

Mount Pleasant 2018 High Paddock Shiraz, Hunter Valley

Mount Pleasant NV Tawny Port Syrah, Hunter Valley

Pooles Rock 2018 Centenary Block Shiraz, Hunter Valley

RidgeView Wines 2013 “Generations” Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley

Tempus Two 2010 Copper Zenith Semillon, Hunter Valley

Thomas Wines 2019 Kiss Shiraz, Hunter Valley

Tintilla Estate 2014 Patriarch Shiraz, Hunter Valley


Robert Oatley 2018 Montrose Mudgee Black Shiraz, Mudgee


Calabria 2019 Private Bin Montepulciano, Riverina

De Bortoli 2017 Noble One Semillon, Riverina

De Bortoli Deen 2017 Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon, Riverina

Lillypilly 2017 Noble Blend, Riverina

McWilliam’s Wines 2020 Alternis Nero D’Avola, Riverina

McWilliam’s Wines NV Show Reserve Tawny, Riverina

Trimboli Family Wines Salvatore 2020 Trebbiano, Riverina

Shoalhaven Coast

Coolangatta Estate 2018 Wollstonecraft Semillon, Shoalhaven Coast


Nick O’Leary 2018 Chardonnay, Tumbarumba

Nick O’Leary 2019 Chardonnay, Tumbarumba

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