Mamba Awards success for our Australian wines

On Tuesday 2nd July, Roger and Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn once again hosted the highly-esteemed Mamba Awards (named after the Riedel decanter given as a prize to winning wines), celebrating the best of Australian wine. Each year features different red and white varieties that Australia is famous for and suppliers are invited to submit examples for guests on the night to taste and score.

This year, a mix of trade and press faced a line-up of 91 Chardonnays and 49 Pinot Noirs, with everyone’s top five of each submitted and collated to decide the winners. The breadth of regional expression on show for each variety underlined the growing strength of Australian wine, with quality uniformly high.

We entered a great selection of wines which were very well received by the crowd, including the Shaw and Smith ‘M3‘ Chardonnay 2017, showing brilliantly for the price point. The top spot for Chardonnay, however, went to Cullen 'Kevin John' 2017. In addition to this, three of our wines featured in the Pinot Noir top five, with By Farr 'Farrside' Pinot Noir 2016 in first place, closely followed by Jane Eyre Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2017 in third place and Tolpuddle Pinot Noir 2017 coming in fourth.

As a result of this success, Liberty Wines were also named 'Best Importer', taking home 'The Decanter Perpetual Bowl' trophy for the second time.

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