Award-winning wine sold at Dan Murphy’s and BWS for $40 Best Wine in the World
A South Australian winery can claim to produce the best Cabernet Sauvingnon in the world after taking home gold at the 2023 International Wine Challenge.
A glass or two of The Pastoralist Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 by Riddoch Coonawarra will not break the bank either. As of June 29, they’ll be on sale at Dan Murphy’s and BWS for $40.
The full-bodied red competed against 20 other countries in the variety category on Tuesday and won the trophy.
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With dark berries on the nose and hints of cedar from a year of aging in new and aged French casks, the tasting notes describe silky, balanced tannins on the palate as an interpretation of the region’s “most important grape variety”.
The IWC judges described the drop as classic in style, featuring blackcurrant and mint with herbal cassis and a lingering fruit flavor.
A jury of wine experts conduct rigorous blind tastings, giving each wine a score out of 100 – to receive a gold trophy, the wine must score at least 95 points.
Over 6000 wines from 50 countries were judged on their style, region and vintage.
The grapes for The Pastoralist are picked from a 25-year-old, family-run vineyard in northern Coonawarra, at the warmer end of the region, and are characterized by soils of red clay over limestone and ironstone.
Chief winemaker Tim Health and winemaker Matthew Reimann are the duo behind the winning wine.
“In 2020, Matt and I set ourselves some pretty ambitious targets for the quality of the wines we wanted to produce under the Riddoch Coonawarra name,” said Heath.
“Winemaking is about long-term effort and perseverance, and if we’re being completely honest, we thought it would take a lot longer to get awards like this.”
“We were generally confident about the wines we have bottled for the 2021 vintage, but it is very special to receive this endorsement for all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes over the past three years .”
Riddoch Coonawarra is part of Paragon Wine Estates and part of the large wine portfolio of Endeavor Drinks Group – a spin-off of Woolworths Group.
Overall, Australia won 62 gold medals in the Challenge, as well as 250 silver and 199 bronze medals, for the 40th consecutive year of the UK-based competition.
The nation was only beaten by France, who took home 70 gold, 321 silver and 446 bronze medals.