Platinum medals have been awarded to the Dawson James Tasmania Chardonnay 2020, Peter Lehmann Masters `Wigan` Eden Valley Riesling 2018 and Sandeman 40-Year-Old Tawny Port NV, while a further 21 wines from Bodega Garzón, Bodegas LAN, Candover Brook, Cantina Valpantena, Casa Ferreirinha, Château Lamothe-Bouscaut, Dobogó, Domaine Sautereau, Ferreira, Gašper, Giant Steps, Kaiken, La Voûte, Mount Pleasant (both wines available from July), Quinta do Infantado, Sandeman, S.C. Pannell and Valdespino have received a Gold medal.
Please see full details of our Platinum and Gold winners below, including availability and judges’ tasting notes. For more information on the Decanter World Wine Awards, please visit the competition website.
Dawson James, Tasmania Chardonnay 2020, Australia Platinum Medal 97 points Attractive smoky nose with well-managed oak influence, explosive aromas of lime and lemon blossom, pastry and gunflint nuances. Delicate on the palate, very light and tasty, with a tangy acidity and seductive leesy texture. Current vintage: 2018
Peter Lehmann Masters, `Wigan` Eden Valley Riesling 2018, Australia Platinum Medal 97 points Ripe and pronounced aromas showing fine notes of toast, lime, juicy apple, freshly picked herbs, chamomile and honeysuckle. Layered and soft palate, rich and unctuous, with succulent juicy ripe fruit and a persistent finish. Current vintage: 2015
Sandeman, 40-Year-Old Tawny Port NV, Portugal Platinum Medal 97 points Attractive Douro bake throwing out hints of smoke, leather, and whisky. Open and utterly seductive on the nose. Very high quality with dried apricot fruit on a long, refined finish. Silky and suave, exceptional stuff!
Bodegas LAN, Rioja Gran Reserva 2016, Spain Gold Medal 96 points The enticing, complex and focused nose displays scents of ripe plum, cherry, clove, rose, rosemary and thyme. The palate has a bright beam of acidity, ripe tannins and a lovely hint of black olives, American oak, vanilla and spice. Delicious!
Candover Brook, Brut NV, England Gold Medal 96 points Big aromas with stone fruit, roasted cashews, and brioche. Palate is rich with a nice mouth feel, balance, and depth. Finely judged and very impressive.
Dobogó, Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2018, Hungary Gold Medal 96 points Traditional style with lovely aromas of almond paste, caramel, dried tropical fruits, orange peel and hints of mint. Very complex and elegant palate, memorable. Current vintage: 2017
Sandeman, Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port 2018, Portugal Gold Medal 96 points Inky black colour with intense, deep, fruity and savoury aromas. A big, well defined LBV on the palate and finishes with a flourish, very good.
Valdespino, Premium Collection, Amontillado `Tio Diego` Pago de Macharnudo NV, Spain Gold Medal 96 points Lifted nose with intense aromas of treacle, fresh hazelnuts, sea shells, crushed lemon peel and smoky nuances. Refreshing, with a fine viscous texture, smooth finish.
Kaiken, `Aventura` Los Chacayes Sur Malbec 2021, Argentina Gold Medal 95 points Fresh nose of charming dark cherry and herbal nuances. Lovely concentration of dark fruit and mineral flavours on the palate. Vibrant, with firm tannins. Long finish. (Available from August 2023)
Giant Steps, `Applejack Vineyard` Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021, Australia Gold Medal 95 points Quite complex and perfumed bouquet of lovely woody notes, ripe raspberry fruit and hints of smoky bacon. Silky and precise, with gentle tannins.
Mount Pleasant, `Lovedale` Hunter Valley Semillon 2017, Australia Gold Medal 95 points Beautiful nose, glowing with life. Classic toast aromas and lime marmalade with touches of cider and savoury herbs. Soft textured palate, with a long nutty finish. (Available from July 2023)
Mount Pleasant, `Old Paddock & Old Hill` Hunter Valley Shiraz 2019, Australia Gold Medal 95 points Restrained on the nose, with aromas of subtle red fruits and mulberry, refined notes of cinnamon bun and cocoa. Powdery tannins, showing tension on the palate. (Available from July 2023)
S.C. Pannell, `Smart Vineyard` Clarendon Grenache 2020, Australia Gold Medal 95 points Fragrant aromas of bright ripe red berries, with notes of flowers and aromatic herbs. Juicy on the palate, lively and energetic, with an earthy finish.
Château Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Léognan 2018, France Gold Medal 95 points Caramelised blackberries, pencil shavings, and lifting balsamic on the nose. Full-bodied, robust spicy tannins, with elegant integration and excellent concentration. Dense black and blue jammy fruit, cassis, and black cherries, with meaty complexity and chocolate overtones.
Domaine Sautereau, Sancerre Rosé 2022, France Gold Medal 95 points Stunning floral aromas underpinned by a core of sumptuous red fruit, with a soft pillow of velvety tannins, a strawberry acidity and a deliciously long finish.
La Voûte, Touraine Chenonceaux 2021, France Gold Medal 95 points Simmering grassy, gooseberry and apricot notes with an underlying zip of ginger and lychee; concentrated and creamy with a grapefruit acidity and a gorgeous saline, mineral finish.
Dobogó, `Úrágya` Tokaji Furmint 2019, Hungary Gold Medal 95 points Well layered aromas of stone and exotic fruits, with subtle hints of minerality and salty nuances. Lovely texture on the palate, complex mouthfeel.
Cantina Valpantena, `Torre del Falasco` Amarone della Valpolicella 2018, Italy Gold Medal 95 points Very traditional and classic aromas of mushrooms, tobacco leaves, black olives, chocolate and maraschino cherry. Warm, with well managed tannins and a long elegant finish.
Casa Ferreirinha, `Vinha Grande` Douro Tinto 2020, Portugal Gold Medal 95 points Nutty aromas on the nose, with rich blackberry fruit and dark plums, hints of leafy undertones and lavender. Well-judged oak on the palate, dry finish.
Ferreira, `Dona Antónia` 20-Year-Old Tawny Port NV, Portugal Gold Medal 95 points Thyme and smoky wood aromas, a creamy style to the palate with toffee and a citrus twist of refreshment.
Quinta do Infantado, Vintage Port 2017, Portugal Gold Medal 95 points Lovely open ripe berry fruit with underlying chocolate intensity. Refreshingly sappy and herbaceous with notable extract and body with well resolved tannins. Intense, seductive, and sexy!
Sandeman, 50-Year-Old Tawny Port NV, Portugal Gold Medal 95 points Luscious, singed, fruit cake, walnut cake, and coffee. Complex and long lasting, a touch caramelised with peat, muscovado...so much more besides. Towering extract, should hold well.
Gašper, Cabernet Franc 2020, Slovenia Gold Medal 95 points Inviting violet, bell pepper, loganberry and raspberry leaf aromas. The palate has lovely juicy fruit, a welcome freshness and well-handled oak. This is a refined and beautiful varietal expression with a long, spicy finish.
Bodega Garzón, Single Vineyard Albariño 2022, Uruguay Gold Medal 95 points Expressive on the nose, showing aromas of perfumed limes and lemons, with notes of peaches, apple skin and ripe pineapple. Saline palate, textural, with a mineral finish.