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ALDI’s $15 Chardonnay bags WA wine award

ALDI $15 wineAn ALDI white wine has beaten stiff competition to take home two awards at the 2018 Wine Show of Western Australia.

The A$14.99 Blackstone Paddock Limited Release Margaret River Chardonnay 2017 was awarded White Wine of Show and the Seguin Moreau for Best Chardonnay of Show.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition from wine shows across the country and abroad. Our team of suppliers, winemakers both domestic and abroad have achieved outstanding results. To win golds across price points from as low as $4.99 through to our premium wines, shows that we committed genuinely to value at every price point. This is rarely seen in any other retailer domestically and internationally, something ALDI Australia is immensely proud of!” said Jason Bowyer, ALDI Australia buying director of wines and sparkling wine, to Whimn.

There were 834 entries from 115 producers joining the awarding. Gold medal winners included Vasse Felix Heytesbury, Flametree SRS Wallcliffe, Xanadu Stevens Road and Deep Woods Estate SV.

Chief judge Samantha Connew said the results showed the diversity and strength of recent vintages in WA, according to The West.

“The 2017 chardonnays were very strong and world class as always and with the cooler vintage showing through in tighter, more coiled wines, these will provide good drinking for some time to come,” she said.

“Another standout for me and the judging team was the exceptional 2018 rieslings with six gold medals being awarded out of a field of 44 wines. These wines show a breadth of different styles from classic linear purity to funkier, slightly worked wines.

“Some lovely 2017 Shiraz demonstrated real purity of fruit with deft winemaking guiding the way in terms of vibrant, medium-bodied wines with judicious use of oak and stems. Finally, it was pleasing and very apt to be able to award the Gladstones’ Trophy to a fortified, a nice nod to the Swan Valley and its historical contribution to the WA wine industry.”

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