Mamba Riedel Decanter Awards 2016

"Dalrymples 2013 Cottage Block from Pipers River (recommended retail price £39.99) was named the best of 35 Australian Pinot Noirs at the annual Mamba Awards tasting, helping Ngociants UK to win the Decanter Perpetual Trophy for best agent/importer.

The Mamba Awards have been co-sponsored by Decanter since they began nine years ago.

The competition is designed to highlight the quality and value of Australian wine in the UK market, judged non-blind and with prices revealed, by about 70 members of the wine trade. Decanter’s consultant editor, Steven Spurrier, was head judge.

The awards are hosted and sponsored by Roger and Sue Jones chef/proprietor and front of house respectively, of the Michelin-starred The Harrow at Little Bedwyn in Wiltshire. Other supporters include glassware maker Riedel(which donates a Mamba decanter to each of the wine category winners), drinks charity The Benevolent, Wine Australia, Jansz sparkling wine and wine trade newsletter The Buyer.

Chardonnay from Beechworth in Victoria the most expensive wine of the competition at £95 from importer Fields Morris & Verdin trumped the other 68 wines in its category, ahead of Tyrrells 2007 Vat 47 from Hunter Valley in New South Wales (Fells, £38.49) and Tournons Landsborough 2013 from Victorias Pyrenees Region (Mentzendorff, £22).

The Tournon Chardonnay, made by celebrated winemaker Michel Chapoutier, also won the Yvonne May Memorial Decanter for the best-value wine of the evening as chosen by the tasters. Wines ranged from £6.86 to £95.

In the Pinot category, Tapanappas Foggy Hill 2010 from South Australias Fleurieu Peninsula (Mentzendorff, £30) was runner up, followed by Ten Minutes by Tractors Wallis Vineyard 2013 from Victorias Mornington Peninsula (Bancroft, £42).

The Harrows wine list of 1,100 labels is more than a third Australian. Published in Decanter magazine July 2016