WA Wine Show: Aldi chardonnay wins best white wine

A judge at the WA Wine Show in Mt Barker.
A judge at the WA Wine Show in Mt Barker.

A CHEAP bottle of plonk sold by German supermarket giant Aldi has beaten out some big name competition to be awarded best white wine in a blind taste test at the WA Wine Show in Mt Barker last Friday.

The Blackstone Paddock Limited Release Chardonnay 2017, which sells for $14.99, was labelled standout in the class which attracted 108 entries and eight gold medals.

Margaret River winery Stella Bella won the top award with its 2017 shiraz taking out the Singapore Airlines Trophy from a field of nearly 850 WA wines.

The most successful exhibitor overall was Margaret River winery Cherubino Wines, which won the Air Liquide trophy.

This year saw 834 entries from a total of 115 producers representing all of WA’s nine wine regions.

Celebrated Singaporean wine judge Lim Hwee Peng joined new chief judge, Tasmanian winemaker Samantha Connew and her team.

Ms Connew said it had been another strong showing for West Australian wines.

“The results from this year’s show demonstrate the diversity and strength of recent vintages in WA with one of the standouts for me and the judging team being the exceptional 2018 rieslings with six gold medals being awarded out of a field of 44 wines,” she said

“Whilst we expect both chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon to be world class in this show, and they undoubtedly were, other varieties and styles put in a strong showing.

“It was pleasing and very apt to be able to award the Gladstone’s Trophy to a fortified, a nice nod to the Swan Valley and its historical contribution to the WA wine industry.”


Singapore Airlines Trophy
Best Wine of Show

Stella Bella
2017 Shiraz

Pre-Emptive Strike Trophy
Best Red Wine of Show

Stella Bella
2017 Shiraz

Portavin Integrated Wine Services Trophy
Best White Wine of Show

Blackstone Paddock
2017 Limited Release Chardonnay

Air Liquide Trophy
Most Successful Exhibitor Overall

Cherubino Wines

Winequip Trophy
Most Successful Exhibitor processing under 250 tonnes

Castle Rock Estate

Winery with the Highest Aggregate for top 3 pointed wines

Two winners – Houghton and Xanadu

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
JS Gladstones Trophy

Best and Most Distinctive Regional Character
NV Cellar Reserve Rare Liqueur

Shire of Plantagenet Trophy
Best Great Southern White

Castle Rock
2018 Porongurup Riesling

Demptos Trophy
Best Great Southern Red

2017 Black Label Malbec

Seguin Moreau Trophy
Best Chardonnay

Blackstone Paddock
2017 Limited Release Chardonnay

Plasdene Glass-Pak Trophy
Best Riesling

Castle Rock
2018 Porongurup Riesling

Mt Barker Co-Op
Pam McGregor Trophy

Best Aged Riesling
Alkoomi Wines
2010 Black Label Riesling

Hahn Corporation Trophy
Best Sauvignon Blanc

Franklin Tate Estates
2018 Alexanders Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Multi-Color Australia Trophy
Best White Blend

Deep Woods Estate
2018 Ivory Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc

REX Trophy
Best Dry White Varietal

2017 Small Batch Fiano

Booth Transport Trophy
Best Rose of Show

Rockcliffe Winery
2018 Third Reef Rose

Great Southern Wine Producers Association Trophy
Best Pinot Noir

Castle Rock
2017 Porongurup Pinot Noir

Settlers Tavern Trophy
Best Shiraz

Stella Bella
2017 Shiraz

Galafrey & Mt Barker Wine Producers
Ian Tyrer TrophyBest Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mt Barker Agricultural Society
Neale Warneford TrophyBest Red Blend Ironcloud Wines
2017 Rock of Solitude Purple Patch GSM

Albany CCI TrophyBest Other Red Varietal
2017 Black Label Malbec

Smith Thornton TrophyBest Older Red Wine
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

RSN AustraliaBest Sparkling
NV Sparkling Lustre Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

TrophyBest Fortified or Sweet Wine
NV Cellar Reserve Rare Liqueur