2012 Results

James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2012 Results

(Follow this link for the 2012 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge results)

Congratulations to Penfolds Wines for their 2008 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay being named Australia’s best chardonnay in the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2012.

Winery Wine Vintage Score Region
Penfolds Wines Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2008 98 Tasmania

Top Pointed Regional Wines scoring 94+ points

Listing the highest scoring wines from the regions is intended to be a summary of the producers who are beating the drum the loudest for their respective areas by making excellent chardonnays. In time, we look forward to seeing which producers make the list most often, which regions consistently produce the most 94+ pointed wines, plus the regions and producers that take us all by surprise.

Winery Wine Vintage Score Region
Penfolds Wines Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2008 98 Tasmania
Coldstream Hills Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2010 97 Yarra Valley
Yabby Lake Vineyard Yabby Lake Single Block Release, Block 6 Chardonnay 2010 97 Mornington Peninsula
Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay 2011 97 Margaret River
First Creek Winery Winemakers Reserve 2011 96 Hunter
Eden Road Wines Eden Road The Long Road Chardonnay 2011 96 Tumbarumba
Leura Park Estate Leura Park Estate Block 1 Reserve Chardonnay 2011 96 Geelong
Penfolds Wines Penfolds Cellar Reserve Chardonnay 2010 96 Adelaide Hills
Singlefile Wines Family Reserve Chardonnay 2011 96 Great Southern

 

Chairman’s 11

The Chairman’s 11 is an extension of the highest scoring wines from the regions, in which we invite the chair to add a small number of excellent wines, entirely at his discretion, to make a set of eleven. This group is not intended to distract from the ‘winner takes all’ approach of the Challenge, but rather, it will help us tell the Australian chardonnay story.

And why did we decide on 11, we hear you ask? Well, after much soul searching, we agreed that ‘form follows function’ – to show the world, we needed a set of benchmark wines that fitted neatly into a case!

This should be a dozen wines of which Australia can be immensely proud.

Winery Wine Vintage Score Region
Coldstream Hills Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2010 97 Yarra Valley
Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay 2011 97 Margaret River
Yabby Lake Vineyard Yabby Lake Single Block Release, Block 6 Chardonnay 2010 97 Mornington Peninsula
Oakridge Wines Oakridge 864 Chardonnay – Funder and Diamond Vineyard, Drive   Block 2011 96 Yarra Valley
Seville Estate Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2011 96 Yarra Valley
Flametree Wines Flametree S.R.S. Chardonnay 2011 96 Margaret River
Leura Park Estate Leura Park Estate Block 1 Reserve Chardonnay 2011 96 Geelong
Singlefile Wines Family Reserve Chardonnay 2011 96 Great Southern
First Creek Winery Winemakers Reserve 2011 96 Hunter
Eden Road Wines Eden Road The Long Road Chardonnay 2011 96 Tumbarumba
Penfolds Wines Penfolds Cellar Reserve Chardonnay 2010 96 Adelaide Hills