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Home News > May 2019 > Aussie Shiraz hits record Gold haul

Australian Shiraz had its second power-year in a row at the Sommelier Wine Awards, pulling in more Golds than any other wine style from a single country.

And while it couldn’t hit the overall heights of last year’s frankly astonishing haul of 43 medals, the 36 awards for 2019 was still a mightily impressive performance. This year’s 12 Golds was a record, not just for the category but for the whole of this competition.

Feedback from our tasters was positive across the board, with judges finding consistency of quality, and also regional differences, with Barossa and McLaren Vale, in particular, finding fans.

Interestingly, while some of the wines were big, plush and turbocharged, this wasn’t always the case, with many of our judges commenting on a consistent lift and elegance to the Barossa wines, especially.

‘They were actually quite elegant in their style: complex, juicy and very fresh. They would please people that want full-bodied wines but not too rich, too full, too oaky,’ said Raphael Thierry from Street XO, describing it as ‘the best flight today.’

This was the bedrock of a good competition for Australia, which also saw strong performances with Pinot Noir and Riesling.

‘There’s always a tendency to want to look for the next big thing, or something different,’ commented SWA Competition Director, Chris Losh. ‘But Aussie Shiraz is a classic style for a reason, and they seem to be improving it and refining it every year.’

See all 2019 winners here.