A Barossa Shiraz from South Australia has been named the world’s best shiraz at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Chateau Tanunda’s 2005 “The Everest” Barossa Shiraz beat 450 wines from across the globe to take out the shiraz trophy in London, in what owner John Geber said was a major boost to Australia’s reputation as a producer of quality wine.
“You’re up against the best wines in the world, and for an Australian wine to win we should be very proud of that,” he said.
Mr Geber said he was particularly pleased with the win after fellow winemakers had chided him for his arrogance in naming a wine after the world’s highest mountain.
“This is the first time we’ve released it, so to have success this early we’re very pleased,” he said.
At $160 a bottle, The Everest costs more than an entire case of Jacob’s Creek, but it is also less than a third of the price of Penfold’s Grange, which typically sells for $550 on release.