Xanadu’s Chairman Doug Rathbone AM, their Winemaker Glen Goodall and Show Patron Ms Judith Kennedy AM displaying the Chardonnay haul.

Brace yourself for the 2017 must-taste wine list.  The creme de la creme of new world wine.

(Note: If you are in Sydney tonight, you can taste them at the Thinkers and Drinkers event).

Last night, Australia’s biggest international wine event, the Six Nations Wine Challenge, announced its deserving winners during a Gala Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom in Sydney.

Among the winners were two wine companies from the CELLARDOORS.CO membership:  Western Australia’s Xanadu Estate was awarded three trophies:  The top Chardonnay, White Wine of Show and Wine of Show for their Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2015 and Victoria’s Blue Pyrenees Estate – taking the trophy for Red Blend Non Bordeaux for their 2013 Estate Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Malbec. Simply stunning!

 How the Show works

Now in its 15th year, the Six Nations Wine Challenge celebrates the very best of the new world wines currently on offer, with the winners beating the top 100 wines from each of the six participating nations as identified by the leading wine authority in each country.

The way it works is each wine is sorted into classes and served blind to the judges, who choose their top 12-15 wines and rank them in order of quality. The 2017 judging panel compromises five of the most prominent and well-known Wine Judges in the New World.

Australia’s Chairman of Judges for the Six Nations Wine Challenge, Huon Hooke enthused about the high standard of wine entrants this year, “Wine classes continually outdo themselves year on year; Shiraz was one of the strongest classes, closely followed by Sparkling and Other Red Varieties. From spice to blends to classic vintage wines; it was a great pleasure to judge.”

Director and General Manager of the Six Nations Wine Challenge, Mr Ross Anderson added, “The Six Nations Wine Challenge is the only wine show in the world where the wines are entered following an invitation from each country’s judge, meaning we are judging the best of the best.”

Get in quick

If you’re in Sydney tonight grab your tickets for Australia’s biggest international wine event, Thinkers and Drinkers at Manjit’s at the Wharf.

Experience Australia’s Largest Wine Tasting event of its kind, with 600 hand-selected “best of the variety” wines available for tasting.  This is a rare opportunity for you and your friends to taste across a range of the most sensational wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Chile and Canada.

Full List of 2017 Trophy Winners

The 2017 Six Nations Wine Challenge Trophy Winners