Going global – The Valley shines on an international stage

The international Decanter World Wine Awards, now in their 20th year, are touted as “the world’s largest and most influential wine competition.” A staggering 18,250 wines from 57 countries were scrutinised by 236 experts from 30 nations, including no less than 53 Masters of Wine and 16 Master Somméliers.

Just 50 wines out of all entries were awarded the highest accolade, Best in Show. In a remarkable achievement, Australia had more wines named among the world’s finest than any other country this year.
NSW had its best result at the awards in four years, with the Hunter Valley’s Brokenwood winning a prestigious Best in Show, for their 2017 Brokenwood Wines ILR Reserve Semillon.

A clearly delighted Stuart Hordern, Senior Winemaker Brokenwood commented, “there are very few wine regions in Australia that have a variety like Semillon that speaks so clearly of a region.”

The Hunter’s winning wines:
Best in Show: 2017 Brokenwood Wines ILR Reserve Semillon
Platinum Award: 2021 Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay

Gold Medals:
2017 Mount Pleasant
Cellar Aged Single Vineyard Lovedale Semillon
2019 Mount Pleasant
Single Vineyard O.P. and O.H. Shiraz
2019 Mount Pleasant
1921 Vines Old Paddock Shiraz

Congratulations to Brokenwood and Mount Pleasant for this significant achievement, reinforcing our global reputation for crafting world leading wines.