Western Australian Chardonnay is World’s Best

Posted by Josette Dunn on 6th September 2010

Cullen scoops top prize from 10,983 entries in world’s biggest wine show

A Western Australian Chardonnay is the world’s best, according to judges at the world’s biggest and most prestigious wine show, The Decanter World Wine Awards 2010. London’s Royal Opera House was the venue for Wednesday night’s unveiling of the 28 ultimate world-beating wines from the 10,983 entries in the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards.

WA’s Cullen Wines beat hundreds of Chardonnays from around the world to be presented with the International Trophy for Chardonnay over $18 for their 2007 Kevin John Chardonnay.

Despite the popularity of Sauvignon Blanc in recent years, Chardonnay remains one of the world’s top selling and most widely planted varieties. The Chardonnay category at the Decanter World Wine Awards is among the most fiercely contested in international wine competitions.

Decanter’s team of expert judges described the 2007 Cullen Kevin John as having ‘Flavours of lemon, grapefruit and peaches bisected by lovely acidity and beautiful minerality with very good complexity. Incisive and exciting.’

The four tough rounds of judging to decide the International Trophy winners saw the Cullen Kevin John 2007 Chardonnay beat the best from over twenty countries including France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, the USA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and even China. With less than 0.25% of wines entered winning an International Trophy Cullen Wines has joined an elite rank of world class producers recognised by the world’s most prestigious and toughest wine show.

Vanya Cullen of Margaret River’s Cullen Wines said ‘The Cullen team is thrilled with the fantastic news that we have won the Decanter World Wine Awards International Trophy. The 2007 Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay reflects the biodynamic techniques used since 2004 and showing the potential of the vineyard in what was a great vintage.’