Fermoy has been awarded the trophy for ‘Best in Show’ at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards for the Fermoy 2019 Reserve Chardonnay. ‘Best in Show’ is the highest accolade in the competition, which involved a tasting of 18,094 wines from all corners of the globe.
Now in its eighteenth year, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), is the world's largest and most influential wine competition, with unrivalled global reach. Staged in London over the course of June, the competition is judged by the top wine experts from around the world, the DWWA is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process.
Our head winemaker, Jeremy Hodgson, is thrilled by the company’s success in this year’s competition. “We are absolutely delighted to receive a ‘Best in Show’ for our Reserve Chardonnay at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards,” says Hodgson. “2019 was a great vintage for Chardonnay, with cooler conditions allowing for a gradual ripening and retention of natural acids. Making the wine was a joy – whole bunch pressed direct to barrel with full solids, natural fermentation proceeded to dryness with little fuss before a natural malolactic fermentation was stopped at perfect acid balance. I knew we had a good wine on our hands, but after six months in bottle the wine really started to sing, with subsequent show success a wonderful reward.”
This is the fourth trophy awarded to Fermoy’s 2019 Reserve Chardonnay, having already won three trophies at this year’s Wine Show of Western Australia including Best Chardonnay, Best White Wine of Show and Best Wine of Show. This exceptional drop is described by judges as “Spotlessly clean, pure and fine-spun on the palate, with ample citrus and samphire freshness and a pungent finish.”
The role of Margaret River in helping define the expressive possibilities of Australian Chardonnay is a major one, and this profoundly maritime region with its amenable gravel and loam soils continues to make much of the pace in the Southern Hemisphere as a whole. The ongoing success of our Reserve Chardonnay is a testament to the quality terroir and nurturing of the vines along with our commitment to presenting a truly delicious expression of the south-west climate.
Exclusive tastings of the ‘Best in Show’ 2019 Reserve Chardonnay will be available at Fermoy’s cellar door this week and is available to purchase online as part of a limited-edition pack here.