Chardonnay takes on the challenge
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.
Amelia Park Wines’ Jeremy Gordon.