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Decanter World Wine Awards 2009

It’s that time of year again. The results of Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 have been released, and we’re delighted to see, of our current vintages in stock, one Gold, one Silver, five Bronze and four commendations awarded. All can be seen below.

This adds nicely to our medal collection from last years awards, most of which we still have in stock (including a lovely gold medal winning Albarino, which is one of many). We’ll keep you well informed of new award winning vintages as they come in – as well brand new award winning lines.

The Decanter World Wine Awards is great for consumers seeking for tried and tested wine that will deliver on quality, but it must be remembered that there’s big money involved in entering the competition, so many of the smaller producers with lesser marketing budgets can be overlooked.

Gold Medal

Glaetzer Amon-Ra 2007: Ripe fruit with a savoury spice, bacon, liquorice, chocolate and opulent oak – exceptional complexity.

Silver Medal

Langmeil Hangin’ Snakes Shiraz-Viognier 2007: Medium intensity. Gorgeous nose. Lovely, supple mid-palate. Plush and gorgeous.

Bronze Medal

Alta Pinot Grigio 2007: Fresh, herbal, spiced pears and apple. Good acidity, well-balanced, integrated palate.

Tussock Sauvignon Blanc 2008: Fresh but slightly oily note. Well made with good balance.

Elgin Vintners Sauvignon Blanc 2008: Flinty, steely nose, very crisp, classy balance. Long finish.

Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2006: Mint and cassis. Focused. Generous, ripe tannins.

Langmeil Three Gardens 2006: Subtle evolution. Tea, black fruit and pepper, firm tannins.


Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Rockbare Shiraz 2006

Rockbare Chardonnay 2007

Chateau Bauduc Bordeaux Blanc 2008

Other recognised wines of earlier vintages

I’ve recognised the earlier vintages, many of which have received awards in previous years, as I believe they pay testament to the ability of the winemakers.

Woodstock “The Stocks” Shiraz 2006 (Bronze Medal) – 2004 vintage

Tabali Reserva Syrah 2007 (Silver Medal) – 2006 vintage (Bronze Medal in 2008 Awards)

Mirabello Pinot Grigio Rosé 2008 (Commended) – 2007 vintage

Tohu Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Commended) – 2007 vintage (Air New Zealand Elite Gold)

Palazzi Negroamaro 2007 (Commended) – 2006 vintage

Saxanburg Private Collection 2006 (Bronze Medal) – 2004 vintage

Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2007 (Bronze Medal) – 2005 vintage

Fuenteseca Bobal-Syrah 2008 (Bronze Medal) – 2007 vintage (Bronze Medal in 2008 Awards)

Heartland Viognier-Pinot Gris 2007 (Bronze Medal) –2006 vintage

Glaetzer Annaperenna 2007 (Bronze Medal) – 2006 vintage (Trophy winner in 2008 Awards)

Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2007 (Bronze Medal) – 2006 vintage (Commendation in 2008 Awards)

Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz 2006 (Bronze Medal) – 2005 vintage (Bronze Medal in 2008 Awards)

Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 (Bronze Medal) – 2005 vintage (Bronze Medal in 2008 Awards)

Another wine I would like to mention is the 2008 white brother of our award winning Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine Chante Cigale. It won a Decanter Trophy (the top accolade), and we’ll be doing our best to get our hands on a few cases before Christmas.

That’s it for another year – in the meantime watch this space for new wines and awards.

Click here to view all of the results from the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards


  1. It’s great to see the quality of the Amon-Ra is consistent. I’m looking forward to trying one soon.
    I’ll have to try that Albarino too!

  2. That Albarino is superb – the first I’d ever tried and it got me totally hooked on the stuff.

  3. I am VERY excited about the prospect of opening my Amon-Ra. I want to try to leave it until at least 2020 but will I be able to resist temptation?! I will try

  4. Well Mr Ward, the video on the following blog post is a must watch for fans of the Amon-Ra

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