SA MCC, Chenin Blanc and Bordeaux blends shine, New Zealand wines dominate Six Nations Challenge

South Africa has many reasons to celebrate!

Australia’s biggest international wine event, the Six Nations Wine Challenge, has announced its deserving winners during a Gala Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom in Sydney.

The Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2015 from Margaret River, Western Australia, took top honours beating 600 wines to win Best Wine of the Challenge, while two wineries out of the 16 Trophy Winners - Elephant Hill Syrah 2014 (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s North Island) and Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2015 - picked up Best Red and Best White of the show respectively.

South Africa finished with 2 trophies, 8 double gold and 25 gold medals. Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015 and Uva Mira OTV Bordeaux Blend 2014 took top honours in their respective classes, and South Africa's Cap Classique sparkling wines took Class honours.

Now in its 15th year, the Six Nations Wine Challenge celebrates the very best of the new world wines currently on offer, with the winners beating the top 100 wines from each of the six participating nations as identified by the leading wine authority in each country. Seen as a unique testing ground for fine wine, each wine is sorted into classes and served “blind” to the judges, who choose their top 12-15 wines and rank them in order of quality.

The 2017 judging panel compromised five of the most prominent and well-known Wine Judges in the New World. The judges’ wine rankings were recorded and added to find a winner in each class, a runner-up and the top country by class. Each country’s marks were added to identify the top country overall.

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