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Winning Wines 2021

Winning Wines 2021

The 2021 Award Winning Wines

The very best wines from the 2021 Global Fine Wine Challenge can be found in the results publication below.

The 2021 Award Winning Wines

The very best wines from the 2021 Global Fine Wine Challenge can be found in the results publication below.

“There are few wine competitions in the world that celebrate the best of the best.  The winners of the 2021 Global Fine Wine Challenge were outstanding wines and beautiful examples of their kind.”

Andrew Caillard MW

Please take a look at our Results Publication and scroll down to view all Trophy Winners from the 2021 Global Fine Wine Challenge.

“There are few wine competitions in the world that celebrate the best of the best.  The winners of the 2021 Global Fine Wine Challenge were outstanding wines and beautiful examples of their kind.”

Andrew Caillard MW

Please take a look at our Results Publication and scroll down to view all Trophy Winners from the 2021 Global Fine Wine Challenge.

Quoin Rock Wines MCC Black Series Brut Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2014

Class 1: Sparkling Wines Trophy Winner

“Cracked wheat and cashew aromas. A fabulous high energy bead. Fine and spirited. Impressive freshness.” Toni Paterson MW

“Toast, biscuit hints of white stone fruits. Crisp acidity, creme texture with savoury lees and apple flavours persisting.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Medium straw, very fine bead. Bouquet of green apple, chalk, brioche. Excellent intensity of toasty brioche complexity, good freshness, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Still feels youthful.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Lovely freshness and complexity. Intense grapefruit, tonic water, yeasty notes, fine chalky/ lacy textures and creamy fresh mousse. Very good.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Schalk Opperman

Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Amisfield Lowburn Terrace Riesling 2020

Class 2: Riesling Trophy Winner

“Sweet-fruited. Pure and bright. Very sweet. Lovely pristine fruit.” Toni Paterson MW

“Delicate floral, honey and tropical aromas. Fresh acidity, light phenolics balance this medium sweet style. Length of yellow peach, passionfruit persist.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Pale lemon. Lifted lemon lime zest aromas. Sweet, lively and energetic, balanced low alcohol, finishes fresh and sprightly.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Spicy lemon curd aromas. Fresh sweet fruited wine with maple lemon fruits, fine chalky textures and integrated acidity.” Andrew Caillard MW

Assistant Winemaker: Ben Leen

Region: Central Otago, New Zealand

Eberle Winery Estate Viognier 2020

Class 3: Aromatic White Wines Trophy Winner

“An interesting aroma with hints of musk and spice. Hints of clotted cream. The palate is utterly delicious. Such a sophisticated, layered, unique and delicious wine.” Toni Paterson MW

“Honeysuckle, apricot and honey aroma. Dry , light phenolics with good concentration of flavours. Nice balance” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Fragrant apricot blossom aromas. Fresh and bright with well articulated yellow nectarine notes and a long lingering finish. Good freshness and well balanced.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Attractive apricot grapefruit glacé aromas, textural with fresh long acidity. Very good volume with some spicy notes.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Chris Eberle

Region: Paso Robles, California, USA

Saint Clair Family Estate Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Class 6: Sauvignon Blanc Trophy Winner

“Passionfruit and tropical aromas. Fresh acidity with good palate texture and flavour.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Very intense lemongrass, nettle aromas. Round, textured and fresh with good brightness.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Intense grassy, lemon fruits, pure fruited glacé flavours, fine supple textiles and fresh linear acidity.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Heather Stewart

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Terraces Chardonnay 2019

Class 7: Chardonnay Trophy Winner, White Wine of Show, Wine of Show

“A highly intense, complex wine with heady peach aromatics plus attractive beeswax and oatmeal nuances. Full flavoured with bright, lemony acidity which channels the flavours through the palate. A sophisticated, layered wine with fruit as the hero.” Toni Paterson MW

“Concentrated ripe stone fruits, toast, butter. and cherry savoury notes well balance palate good style and concentration. Lovely balanced oaky style.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Very overt reductive bouquet, gun-smoke and toast. Rich, full bodied and toasty with excellent acidity and mealy complexity. Oak a bit of a feature here rather than structural. Very good length.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Classic grapefruit, nectarine aromas with flinty complexity. Generous yet elegant with nectarine grapefruit flavours, fine slinky textures, and fresh long acidity. Very minerally and textural with saline/cheesy notes.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Chris Scott

Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Stark-Condé Wines Field Blend Roussanne Chenin Blanc Verdelho Viognier 2020

Class 8: White Wine Blends Trophy Winner

“Warm peaches. Hints of lemon and crème caramel. Bright and beautiful. Textural and engaging. Sweet-fruited and unctuous.” Toni Paterson MW

“Honey, stone fruit and toasty notes. Well balanced palate with generous ripe fruit on finish.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Lifted bouquet of guava, melon and honey. Round with excellent intensity, fresh acidity, some creamy mouthfeel with a long persistent finish, pineapple and guava to the end.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Developed butterscotch, apricot, stone fruits, honeyed aromas. Fresh supple and creamy with fine chalky textures.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Rüdger van Wyk

Region: Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cederberg Cellars Five Generations Chenin Blanc 2020

Class 9: Non-Aromatic White Wines Trophy Winner

“A delicious wine with impressive flavour intensity. Notes of honey and ripe melon. Impressive flavour density and length. A powerful wine.” Toni Paterson MW

“Honey, Orange blossom, citrus and peach aromas. Fresh and zesty with good flavour concentration and balanced acidity.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Bouquet of baked red and green apple, some toasty notes adding complexity with roundness and texture. Excellent length.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Lovely classic style with lemon curd, honey, ginger oak notes, fine slinky textures, very good viscosity and mineral length.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: David Nieuwoudt

Region: Cederberg, South Africa

Wooing Tree Vineyard Pinot Noir Rose 2021

Class 10: Rose Trophy Winner

“The flavour builds as the palate progresses. Lovely weight. Palate weight is the hallmark of this rose.” Toni Paterson MW

“Vibrant perfume, good flavour intensity with balanced off dry palate.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Medium fuchsia hue. Delicate dark cherry aromas. Fresh and fruit forward, hint of sweetness juicy and bright. Savoury on the finish.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Pretty strawberry fruits, ample and creamy. Viscosity and fresh long acidity.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Carol Bunn

Region: Central Otago, New Zealand

Coxs’ Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Class 11: Pinot Noir Trophy Winner

“A glorious wine with fleshy dark cherry fruit, excellent palate weight and lovely spicy detail.” Toni Paterson MW

“Fragrant and complex aromas. Strawberry, cherry, vanilla, spice and savoury nuances. Fine tannins, concentrated red fruit, forest floor, vanilla and oak spices. Lovely wine.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Fragrant red cherry bouquet. Silky and plush, lovely freshness and vibrancy, tart cherry and strawberry. Long finish.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Lovely aromatic wine with plentiful strawberry herb chinotto vanilla notes, fine slinky/chalky textures, mid-palate density and volume and persistent fresh integrated acidity.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Simon Cox

Region: Gibbston, New Zealand

CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlot 2017

Class 12: Merlot & Carmenere Trophy Winner

“There is a delightful coolness to the fruit. A beautifully structured wine.” Toni Paterson MW

“Violet, cassis and dark plum with vanilla oak aromas. Fresh acidity soft tannins with concentrated dark fruit well matched to lovely oak.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Overt nose of toasty, smoke, vanillin and baked plum. Fresh and vibrant, excellent intensity and concentration. Lots of oak but appears better integrated on the palate. Long finish. Sweet plum persistence.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Cedar, cassis aromas and flavours, fine sinewy textures. Finishes firm and tight. Varnishy oak.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Philip McGahan

Region: Okanagan Valley, Canada

Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah 2019

Class 13: Shiraz | Syrah Trophy Winner

“This is a gorgeous wine with impressive black cherry characters. Hints of black pepper spice. So plush and delicious.” Toni Paterson MW

“Blackberry, cherry with spice, nutmeg and toasty oak. Juicy palate with balanced acidity and fine tannins.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Fragrant array of blackberry, blueberry and cracked pepper. Lovely freshness, plush fruit, complex thread of freshly cracked pepper and a long finish.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Cola and dark cherry with white pepper notes. Lovely pure dark cherry fruits, white pepper notes, savour tech bitter textures, Very good density and freshness.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Chris Scott

Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Le Riche Wines Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Class 14: Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy Winner

“A well balanced wine with expressive fruit, good concentration and a ripe, slightly gravelly tannin frame. I enjoy the lilting nature to the palate. A full-bodied wine with bold fruit expression.” Toni Paterson MW

“Black berry spicy new oak. Palate has dry tannins with balanced acidity and good concentration of dark berry fruits.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Distinctive and complex bouquet of dried herbs, cigar box bouquet. Classically styled, mid-weight with fresh acidity, fine backbone of al dente tannin, elongated palate. Superb length and persistence.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Well rounded wine with deep-set blackcurrant, espresso mocha favours, plentiful grainy touch grippy tannins, underlying new oak notes. Finishes firm with an inky plume. Very good.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Christo Le Riche

Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa

3drops Cabernet Franc 2018

Class 15: Cabernet Franc Trophy Winner & Red Wine of Show

“Dark cherries with a hint of liquorice. The fruit has excellent density and clarity. Harmonious and composed.” Toni Paterson MW

“Cassis and leafy aromas with graphite and cedar. Soft tannins, moderate acidity balance, juicy blackberry and cassis fruit finish.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Lifted bouquet of red and blackcurrant with leafy accents. Fresh, vibrant and juicy.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Glossy wine with classic cassis, graphite lead pencil notes and mocha/dark chocolate complexity. Ample wine with plush dark fruits chocolaty/velvety textures and integrated vanilla ginger oak. A standout wine with all the elements in balance.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Rob Diletti

Region: Great Southern, Australia

Thistledown Wines Sands of Time Grenache 2020

Class 16: Other Reds – Light to Medium Bodied Trophy Winner

“Cola and spice. Sweet, bright fruit. Youthful and energetic. Cherry aromas. Deliciously fresh.” Toni Paterson MW

“Raspberry, plum and vanilla oak. Great palate structure with fine tannins, fresh acidity and lovely varietal expression..” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Medium ruby. Slightly bunchy stalky aromas and dark cherry. Fresh, juby slightly confectionary. Well made.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Musky plum, raspberry fruits. Generous supple wine with musky plum, raspberry pastille fruits, fine chalky textures and integrated acidity. Finishes slinky and long, Very attractive , mid palate viscosity.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Giles Cooke MW

Region: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, Australia

Hartford Family Winery Dina’s Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2019

Class 17: Other Reds – Full Bodied Trophy Winner

“Dense. Structural. Bold. Flecks of herb. Ripe mulberry flavours.” Toni Paterson MW

“Spice, raspberry and orange zest aromas. Dusty tannins, fresh acidity and balanced palate. Lovely vibrant fresh fruit and great length.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Inky purple colour. Very pronounced black raspberry aromas with hints of bramble and blackberry. Fresh and juicy, showing great vibrancy and intensity and a sweet lingering finish.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Fresh rhubarb and strawberry. Fruit bomb wine with velvety tears and attractive density.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Jeff Stewart

Region: Russian River Valley, California, USA

Waterbrook Winery Columbia Valley Malbec 2018

Class 18: Malbec Trophy Winner

“Beautifully fragrant. Cool, calm and collected. Fine oak. Classy fruit. Lovely harmony.” Toni Paterson MW

“Black fruits with lovely cinnamon and nutmeg spiced oak. The palate has dusty tannins, moderate but balanced acidity and generous dark fruits. Lovely style.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Bold cedary nose, hint of toast and blackberry jam. Big, bold and juicy. Excellent intensity and freshness.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Dense dark chocolate, dark berry fruits. Plush and muscular. Finishes firm and tight.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: John Freeman

Region: Columbia Valley, Walla Walla, Washington State, USA

Tokara Directors Reserve Bordeaux Blend 2018

Class 19: Bordeaux Blends Trophy Winner

“Bright supple fruit. Excellent balance. Fabulous energy and fruit concentration. Gorgeous freshness on the close.” Toni Paterson MW

“Black fruit, cedar and smoky aromas. Firm tannins and fresh acidity balance the concentrated dark fruits and attractive oak.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Fragrant cassis aromas. Fresh and bright with ripe cassis, leafy notes, good percussion and fine-grained tannins. Elegant with an elongated palate structure and wonderful freshness and buoyancy.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Developed dark plum, blackberry, dark chocolate, mocha aromas. Well balanced wine with fresh dark fruits, mocha espresso notes and fine granny textures.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Stuart Botha

Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Two Vintners Oliver Grenache Syrah Petit Sirah Cinsault 2019

Class 20: Red Wine Blends Trophy Winner

“Slightly meaty aromatics at first but then the fruit grows and the wine comes into balance. Vanilla and cherry flavours. The flavours fan out on the finish. It has a flavoursome, powerful palate. A lovely drink.” Toni Paterson MW

“Dark cherry, perfume, earthy and meaty hints with some smoky oak. A plush and generous wine with soft tannins and moderate acidity. Good complexity. Ripe raspberry and cherry fruits on the finish.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Very forward fragrant cherry, floral violet aromas. Sweet fruited and fresh with polished tannins and a thread of spicy complexity.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Dark berry fruits and liquorice notes. Rich voluminous wine with plentiful sweet fruits, fine grained textures.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Morgan Lee

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State, USA

Magnotta Winery Riesling Icewine 2019

Class 21: Dessert Wines Trophy Winner

“A glorious wine with incredible intensity. Pure and gorgeous. Incredible freshness, flavour and length. It tastes like a lemony, light toffee. Just gorgeous.” Toni Paterson MW

“Intense passionfruit, pineapple aromas. Searing acidity balances sweetness. Beautiful expression of variety and style.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Bright yellow gold hue. Ripe red apple and honey on the nose, hint of mushroom. Clean bright and intense with cleansing acidity and drive. Sweetness is high but acidity is there to match. Long finish.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Golden fruits – fresh concentrated sweet golden fruits with fine crisp acidity.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: Peter Rotar

Region: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Rare Muscat NV

Class 22: Fortified Wines Trophy Winner

“Extraordinary richness and concentration. Fresh and supple. A wine of true character.” Toni Paterson MW

“Deep coffee brown raison mocha, dried figs and nuts, balanced sweetness, complex and concentrated.” Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko MW

“Deep inky black with a green tinged rim. Fragrant treacle, unctuous and intense with huge caramel toffee notes and a long sweet lingering nutty finish.” Andrea Pritzker MW

“Dense rancio, coffee, liquorice, muscatel, liquorice and aniseed notes.” Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker: David Morris

Region: Rutherglen, Australia

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