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The James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge Schedule contains all the information you will need to participate. A PDF version of the 2021 Schedule can be downloaded here.
Thank you for entering the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge
The James Halliday Australian Chardonnay and Cabernet Challenge is a celebration of the two varieties and Australia’s outstanding regional diversity.
Whether that is the sublime subtlety from the Yarra Valley, the elegant and balanced wines from the Coonawarra terra rossa soil, the rich and decadent signature style from Margaret River or the powerful and luscious expressions from McLaren Vale.
The highest pointed wines for each variety will be rewarded with the James Halliday Trophy and the regional winners with scores of 95 points or more are also recognised.
1. The James Halliday Australian Chardonnay & Cabernet Challenge is open to Australian wines only.
2. Wines must declare the following on the commercial label:
a. One, and only one, Australian geographic region or subregion as defined by the Australian Geographic Indications.
b. Chardonnay, and only chardonnay for the whites and a minimum of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon for the reds.
c. Vintage year
3. If the wine is produced from grapes which originate outside a gazetted geographic region, please contact Administration on 03 5962 7610.
4. All vintages are eligible.
5. Wines must be commercially bottled, and entries must be clearly labelled as per criteria defined in clause 2.
6. All exhibits must conform to their respective State Acts and Commonwealth Acts which govern the manufacture of Australian wine including (but not limited to) the Label Integrity Program under the Wine Australia Corporation Act and Food Standards Code.
7. Exhibitors shall comply with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) Wine Industry Display of Awards Code of Practice. By agreeing to participate Exhibitors have accepted the corresponding responsibilities as per the Code of Practice.
Visit www.wfa.org.au for a copy of the Code of Practice.
8. The organizers will ensure that the James Halliday Australian Chardonnay & Cabernet Challenge maintains the highest integrity, credibility and safety through recommendations from the ASVO 2015 Wine Show Best Practice and the 2021 Covid-19 Hygiene Requirements. A copy of these can be found at
www.asvo.com.au. Covid-19 regulations in each jurisdiction will be adhered to during the judging process.
9. Only still table wines may be entered.
10. There is no restriction on the number of entries per exhibitor.
11. Exhibits must be the property of the exhibitor at the time of entry.
12. Each wine must have a minimum volume of 50 dozen at time of entry.
13. The organiser reserves the right to market and promote any wine entered in the James Halliday Australian Chardonnay and Cabernet Challenge.
14. All exhibits become the property of the organiser who may make exhibits available for other judging or promotional tastings.
15. Entry fee $115 (inc. GST) for each wine entered.
16. Entry fees will not be refunded if an exhibit is not received by the due date, withdrawn by the exhibitor after entry form lodgement, or the exhibit is disqualified by the Chief Steward.
17. No entry will be accepted until receipt of the full entry fee.
18. Wines may be refused entry or may be disqualified at the complete discretion of the Chief Steward and/or the Wine Show Committee.
19. Each exhibit must consist of 4 x 750ml bottles for judging purposes. If you’re wine is under cork you have the option to submit five bottles.
Whilst it is not required that the commercial label is affixed to the exhibit, it is strongly suggested that all wines have a label as they may be used for promotional photography and video.
How to enter
All entries must be lodged online at:
Click on the Competition tab and follow the Entry link.
Entries open – Monday 12th July 2021 Entries close – Monday 26th July 2021
DELIVERY OF EXHIBITS
All exhibits must be delivered during the period Monday 2nd August – Friday 13th August 2021 to:
James Halliday Australian Wine Challenge
C/- Domaine Chandon 727 Maroondah Highway Coldstream Victoria 3770
Outer packaging must include the following details.
• James Halliday Australian Wine Challenge
• Region of wine (Please list)
• Variety – Chardonnay, Cabernet or Both
Packaging: No polystyrene or plastic packaging please!
• Exhibit labels and delivery information will be emailed to exhibitors approximately 2 weeks prior to delivery due date.
• Wine show labels must be applied to the back label of 2 bottles and to the front label of the other 2 bottles prior to delivery (To allow for the proper auditing of any claims made).
• Wines that do not have a commercial label attached MUST be labelled with a minimum of the name of the Exhibitor, name of the wine and vintage. Clean skins will not be accepted.
• Judging will take place Monday 23rd August – Wednesday 25th August 2021
• Scores will be published on a 100 point scale.
• Wines receiving less than 85 points will be listed in the catalogue without scores.
• The single most highly pointed wine from each region (scoring 95 points or above) will be eligible for the trophy.
• A random audit will be conducted with respect to any entry in line with ASVO guidelines.
• If an audit reveals that an exhibit was not submitted in accordance with the Challenge Regulations any award(s) that the exhibit may have earned will be forfeited and the responsible exhibitor may be denied entry to future events.
James Halliday Australian Chardonnay Challenge Trophy
The trophy for Australia’s best regional Chardonnay.
James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge Trophy
The trophy for Australia’s best regional Cabernet Sauvignon.
Best of Region
The highest scoring wine from each region (only wines scoring ≥95 points will be eligible) All wines will receive a score out of 100 which can be used for marketing purposes.
Exhibitors shall comply with the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) Code of Practice for the display of awards. A copy of the code can be found here: Awards Code of Practice.
• No correspondence with respect to any decisions will be entered into.
The Margaret River Wine Association Inc and Wine Yarra Valley Growers Association Inc collect information from a number of sources in the public domain to invite wine businesses to enter the James Halliday Australian Wine Challenges. Further information is collected from wine businesses as they submit an entry. All collected information from entries is used only to further existing relationships with entrants. The Margaret River Wine Association Inc and Wine Yarra Valley Growers Association Inc do not pass on or disclose any information about wine businesses to any other organisation or person.
The James Halliday Australian Wine Challenges are conducted under the auspices of the Margaret River Wine Association Inc and Wine Yarra Valley Growers Association Inc.
Chief Steward Elita Vezis
Administration Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association
Tel: 03 5962 7610
Important Dates & Instructions
Entries open – Monday 12th July 2021
Entries close – Monday 26th July 2021
DELIVERY OF EXHIBITS
Between 9am – 4pm
Monday 2nd August – Friday 13th August 2021
James Halliday Wine Challenges
C/- Domaine Chandon, 727 Maroondah Highway Coldstream Victoria 3770
Monday 23rd August – Wednesday 25th August 2021
Chris Crawford – Chair of Judges
The results of the James Halliday Australian Chardonnay & Cabernet Challenge will be announced by 30 September 2021.
See www.chardonnaychallenge.com.au and www.australiancabernetchallenge.com.au for further information and entries.
Margaret River Wine Association (MRWA)
The MRWA is the peak body for Margaret River grape growers and winemakers. It was established in the late 1970’s as the Margaret River Grape Growers & Winemakers Association and was incorporated in 1982.
It is an independent, non-profit organisation, financed by its members and additional funding sourced
from corporate members, sponsorship and grants. MRWA has more than 190 industry members and 50 associated Grape Grower and Commercial members.
Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association
The Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association is an independent not-for-profit membership-based industry association. We provide leadership and direction for the continuing development of the Yarra Valley brand locally, nationally and internationally, support in continuous improvement in grape and wine quality and the ongoing development of wine style, and advocacy and representation of the interests
of all our members and the wine region to industry, government and community bodies.
The YVWGA is a platform for members to work together to achieve greater outcomes than they could individually.