WA Scoop Lions Share of 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards

WA wines have proven themselves once again in the world's biggest wine show, the Decanter World Wine Awards, taking out a lion’s share of Regional Trophies and Medals.

Producing just 4.8% of Australia’s wine production, WA wines took out 14.3% of Medals won by Australian wines at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards, 102 Medals out of Australia’s total haul of 714. 

Voyager Estate’s  2010 Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon won the Regional Trophy for Best Australian White Blend over £10.

"Margaret River is considered one of the best and most consistent cool climate viticultural regions in Australia: says Voyager Estate Winemaker Travis Lemm.

“The cool, coastal location and unique gravelly soils, coupled with intensive viticultural practices and carefully applied winemaking techniques, allow our winemakers to produce wines with finesse and purity.”

“The success of Western Australia in the 2011 Decanter Awards once again demonstrates that our wines can comfortably stand alongside the best examples from around the world. It is fantastic to see international recognition for the elegant and subtle wine styles that are so typical of our regions," Travis said.

According to Nielsen, Western Australian wine currently holds a 12.6% value share of the entire Australian bottled wine market, and a 14.3% share of the Australian bottled premium wine market.

In Australia, premium Australian wine grew by 15.8% in the last 13 weeks ending January 2011, versus the same time frame a year ago. These figures are even greater for premium Western Australian wines which grew by 24.3%.

“This market data confirms our own experience and feedback” says Constellation Senior Brand Manager WA, Catherine Marriott, “that consumers are increasing recognising the intrinsic quality of Western Australia wines”.

Constellation won the Australian Red Blend Over £10 Regional Trophy for their 2007 Houghton CW Ferguson Cabernet Malbec.

The Western Australia’s Regional Trophy & Gold Medal Winners for 2011 are as follows:

    Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia
    Catching Thieves Cabernet Merlot 2010, Margaret River, Western Australia
    Evans & Tate Redbrook Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia
    Houghton CW Ferguson Cabernet Malbec 2007, Great Southern, Western Australia
    Voyager Estate Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2010, Margaret River, Western Australia
    • Howard Park 
      Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Western Australia
    • Stella Bell 
      Shiraz 2008, Margaret River, Western Australia
    • Streicker 
      Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonay 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia
    • Thompson Estate
      Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Margaret River, Western Australia

WA wines won a further 41 Silver, 29 Bronze, and 23 Commended accolades, awarded to a diversity of varietals, blends and regions.

 The 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the leading wine competition in the world, and experienced an 11.6% increase on entries from 2010. In total 12,252 wines, from 44 countries, were entered in this year’s awards, nearly three times the amount submitted when the awards began in 2004.

As well as every major wine producing region, countries sending in wine for the awards included Turkey, China, United Kingdom, and Thailand. Decanter’s reputation for using only the best judges was again confirmed with 211 wine experts, from 23 countries, including one fifth of the world population of MWs, tasting the entered wines this year.


Press Enquiries and further information:

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Belinda Hamlyn - Marketing and Events Manager
Wine Industry Association of Western Australia
P: (08) 9226 1188


Notes to Editors

  • The DWWA was launched in 2004 and has now become the world’s biggest international wine competition
  • The DWWA assesses every wine blind by the world’s leading wine experts
  • Each wine is judged within its region of origin so that an expression of terroir is taken into account
  • Each wine is assessed within price brackets to ensure wines are compared like for like
  • Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each wine is tasted by a dedicated panel. Every single wine is discussed by the panel in depth before a verdict is recorded
  • All Silver medals are tasted twice
  • All Gold, Regional Trophy and International Trophy winning wines are tasted up to four times
  • The DWWA is respected internationally for its prestigious reputation and unrivalled consumer influence
  • For a full list of regional chairs and for more information visit decanter.com/awards