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Chardon­nay takes on the chal­lenge

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

Amelia Park Wines has won top place in the pres­ti­gious James Hal­l­i­day Chardon­nay Chal­lenge.

The re­serve chardon­nay beat 560 other wines from Aus­tralia with 97 points.

Amelia Park wine­maker and co-owner Jeremy Gor­don said the win was a huge hon­our.

“It is fan­tas­tic to be recog­nised in such a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion among our peers in a tast­ing that is solely fo­cused on chardon­nay,” he said.

“Mar­garet River has such a re­spected rep­u­ta­tion for chardon­nay, and it’s a style wine­mak­ers hang their hat on.

“To win is a sen­sa­tional trib­ute to all in­volved.”

The win­ery’s 2016 re­serve chardon­nay was dis­persed be­tween new, sec­ond-use and third-use French oak bar­rels while un­der­go­ing wild fer­men­ta­tion, be­fore be­ing re­united and left to rest for nine months.

“We have put a lot of work into re­fin­ing our style of chardon­nay over the last few years,” Mr Gor­don said. “Win­ning the chal­lenge is a great re­ward for our team. We have been blown away by the re­sponse from friends in the in­dus­try, trade and the public, which is great.”

Sec­ond place was awarded to Drift­wood Es­tate with 96 points and more than 10 other Mar­garet River winer­ies re­ceived 95 points.

Pic­ture: Amelia Park Wines

Amelia Park Wines’ Jeremy Gor­don.

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