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22, May 2024

McLaren Vale Shiraz shines on the world stage

The results are in for the 2024 International Wine & Spirit Competition and two refined expressions of McLaren Vale Shiraz have each earned a gold medal place in one of the world's most highly regarded international wine competitions.

This year, the IWSC received thousands of entries from across the world. The judging team consisted of over 120 international judges, including 20 Masters of Wine and nearly a dozen Master Sommeliers.

The IWSC Judging Committee member Alistair Cooper MW led the Australian tasting, noting that Australian Shiraz, Chardonnay and the country’s fortified wines were among the highlights.

“McLaren Vale Shiraz were solid and performed as I would expect them to. We tasted many well-made wines that were true to their origin,” noted Alistair Cooper MW.
McLaren Vale Shiraz scooped the medals, with two standout wines awarded with gold. The top performers were both powerful and refined, with concentrated fruit aromas, chocolate notes and spiciness on the nose; as well as a firm palate with ripe tannins and a long finish. “Stylish!” – exclaimed the judges describing these expressions of Shiraz.

Beyond the gold medals, a collection of silver and bronze medals were also awarded to McLaren Vale wines.

The IWSC Wine Judging Committee will now re-taste each gold-winning wine to select the best bottles across a range of categories. The trophy winners will be revealed in September.



Dandelion Vineyards Firehawk Shiraz 2022 | 95pts

Ponting Wines The Pinnacle Shiraz 2022 | 95pts


Beresford Barrel Select GSM 2022, 92pts

Beresford Limited Release Shiraz 2016, 92pts

Chapel Hill Road Block Shiraz 2021, 92pts

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart Shiraz 2022, 92pts

Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 2021, 91pts

Shingleback Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2022, 91pts

Chapel Hill Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, 91pts

Wirra Wirra Vintage Bell Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, 91pts

Heirloom Vineyards Shiraz 2022, 90pts

Shingleback D Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, 90pts

Shingleback Single Vineyard Grenache 2022, 90pts

Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz 2022, 90pts

Gemtree Wines Cinnabar Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro 2022, 90pts

Beresford Grand Reserve Shiraz 2016, 90pts

Beresford Chardonnay 2022, 90pts

Dandelion Vineyards Moonrise Kingdom 2022, 90pts


Heirloom Vineyards Wine Co Anevo Grenache-Touriga-Tempranillo 2023

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2018

Wirra Wirra The Holy Thirst Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz 2021

Wirra Wirra MVCG Cabernet Sauvignon 2022

Gemtree Wines Uncut Shiraz 2022

Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Merlot 2022

Heirloom Vineyards Wine Co Alcala Grenache 2023

Wirra Wirra The Absconder Grenache 2023

d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Beresford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Beresford Classic Shiraz 2021

Wirra Wirra Dry Grenache Rosé 2023

Beresford Emblem Fiano 2023

Wirra Wirra Farmer's Heart Grenache 2023

Accolade Wines Tesco Finest Grenache 2021

Wirra Wirra Chook Block Shiraz 2021

Willunga 100 Trott Vineyard Blewitt Springs Grenache 2022

Willunga 100 Smart Vineyard Clarendon Grenache 2022

d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre 2019

Beresford Estate Shiraz 2020

Zonte's Footstep Z-Force 2019

See all IWSC results here:

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