Blackstone Paddock Limited Release chardonnay
Monday, October 8, 2018 Food
The Blackstone Paddock Limited Release chardonnay 2017 won a prize for the best chardonnay in Western Australia
An incredibly cheap wine from Aldi has won a prestigious award, beating out drops more than five times the price.
The Blackstone Paddock Limited Release chardonnay 2017, which sells for $14.99 at the humble supermarket, won at the Western Australia Wine Show.
It was a hot contender but had fierce competition with famous wines like Vasse Felix Heytesbury, which is $85 a bottle, Flametree SRS Wallcliffe, Xanadu Stevens Road and Deep Woods Estate SV, all taking part.
The show is the biggest competition for WA wines and this year there were 834 entrants.
This isn’t the first time an Aldi drop has stolen the best in show prize.
Last year One Road Coonawarra cabernet Merlot 2015, $6.99, won wine of the year and Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut No. III, $20, picked up a medal for the best champagne in the world.
Chief judge Samantha Connew, a Tasmanian winemaker, told the West Australian the results showed the diversity and strength of vintages in WA.
‘The 2017 chardonnays were very strong and world class as always and with the cooler vintage showing through in tighter, more coiled wines, these will provide good drinking for some time to come,’ she said.
An incredibly cheap wine from Aldi has won a prestigious award, beating out drops more than five times the price (stock image)
‘Another standout for me and the judging team was the exceptional 2018 rieslings with six gold medals being awarded out of a field of 44 wines. These wines show a breadth of different styles from classic linear purity to funkier, slightly worked wines.’
Interestingly rieslings are being tipped by Aldi’s Buying Director for Wines and Sparkling, Jason Bowyer, as the drink for summer.
‘Prosecco and Rose are all on trend at present, driven by consumers wanting refreshment and simplicity in their wine consumption,’ Mr Bowyer told WHIMN.
‘Like Prosecco and Rose, I believe that Riesling also deserves its moment – as it’s appetising, racy and refreshing – a delicate nature just perfect for what consumers are chasing in white wine for the summer months.’