• Rikki Lambert

Wolf Blass wine wins International Wine Challenge

A South Australian shiraz has been named the best of its variety by the International Wine Challenge. 

The Wolf Blass Gray Label 2019 Shiraz produced in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide, has taken the prestigious trophy, winning it for Australia for the first time in almost a decade.

The wine sells for about $30 a bottle.

The challenge judges said they were impressed by its "ripe, fleshy, generous and delicious fruit".

Wolf Blass winemakers Chris Hatcher and Steven Frost were also named red winemakers of the year for the fourth time.

South Australian wines took other gongs in the challenge, the Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay taking out the Australian White Trophy and the Kilikanoon Wines Baudinet 2019 the Australian Red Trophy.

Challenge Chair Tim Atkin said with entries coming from more than 50 countries, it was impossible to predict which would come out on top:

"It's great to see lesser-known wines such as the Austrian Sauvignon Blanc and an Assyrtiko from Greece standing alongside more familiar names in this year's top 10 scoring wines."

The Sigalas Santorini Barrel 2020 from Greece was named the champion white for 2021 while the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Kitzeck-Sausal won the international Sauvignon Blanc Trophy.