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Global Fine Wine Challenge 2023 results

By , 4 December 2023



Results of this year’s Global Fine Wine Challenge between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA have been announced.

There are selectors from each participating country, with Michael Fridjhon representing South Africa, and each judge is set the task of picking 120 wines across a potential 22 classes. A trophy is awarded for the top scoring wine in each class.

Top trophies

Wine of Show: Pirie Late Disgorged Sparkling 2011
White Wine of Show: Lake Chalice Wines Plume Chardonnay 2020 – New Zealand
Red Wine of Show: Giant Steps Fatal Shore Pinot Noir 2022 – Australia

Nation of show

Only 19 wines were awarded a prestigious Trophy medal. There were also 22 Runner-Up Double Gold, 68 Double Gold and 122 Gold medals awarded. Australia was nation of show with 6 Trophies, 7 Runner-up Double Golds, 18 Double Golds and 29 Golds.

Trophy winners by country

6 – Australia
5 – New Zealand
5 – South Africa
2 – Canada
1 – USA

South African trophies


Stellenrust 58 Barrel Fernented Chenin Blanc 2022

Tokara Directors Reserve White 2020

Bacco Estate Red Bordeaux Blend 2020

Donkiesbaai Grenache 2021

Zorgvliet Cabernet Franc 2020

SA Runner-Up Double Gold

Bellingham Bernard Series Chenin Blanc 2022

Cederberg Shiraz 2020

Delaire Graff The Banghoek Bordeaux Blend 2018

Erika Obermeyer Erika O. Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

SA Double Gold

Canto Wines MCC Brut Chardonnay 2020

Groot Phesantekraal Anna de Koning Limited Edition Chenin Blanc 2022
Vrede en Lust Kogelberg Chenin Blanc 2022

Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Grenache 2022
Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2022
Doolhof Single Vineyard Malbec 2022
Glen Carlou The Glen Carlou Collection Malbec 2018
Glenelly Lady May 2018
Nederburg Private Bin Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Silver Myn Argentum 2021 (Zorgvliet)
Simonsig Tiara 2019
Waterford Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Established in 2003, the Global Fine Wine Challenge (GFWC), formerly Six Nations Wine Challenge, focuses on the New World, participation by invitation only. Wines are selected and invited to represent their respective nations, by leading international wine critics, these being:

Huon Hooke (Australia)
Christopher Waters (Canada)
Michael Fridjhon (South Africa),
Jane Skilton MW (New Zealand)
Anthony Mueller and Virginie Boone (USA)

The 2023 Challenge was judged blind by Toni Paterson MW, Jane Skilton MW, Huon Hooke and Anthony Mueller. Judging took place during mid-November in Sydney, Australia.

  • Winemag.co.za is the Global Fine Wine Challenge’s South African media partner. Find out more here.


4 comment(s)

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    Daniel Hough | 5 December 2023

    I wonder how many of last week’s “Top Twenty” were included in this Challenge?

      Mike Froud of Top Wine SA | 10 December 2023

      Those among Winemag’s Top 20 producers who participated in the Global Fine Wine Challenge – by invitation of Michael Fridjhon – were: Boekenhoutskloof, Kanonkop, Kershaw, Klein Constantia and Restless River. It would be interesting to know who turned down an invitation, and who among the Winemag Top 20 weren’t invited. All very confidential of course.

    Mike Froud, Top Wine SA | 5 December 2023

    The Global Fine Wine Challenge involved more than 120 wines per country and a different number of wines from each country? Also, on one hand we’re told that the Challenge is accessible by invitation only, but on the other we see that producers can request to be considered? Congrat’s to the top SA producers who featured, especially to Stellenrust and Tokara, Bacco, Zorgvliet and Guardian Peak/Rust en Vrede (Donkiesbaai), but as the Challenge organisers in Oz aren’t answering their mail, perhaps their SA media partner can comment…

    Kwispedoor | 4 December 2023

    Generally, Mueller has been a bit stingy with his South African wine scores. After this blind tasting, will he score American wines lower or SA wines higher henceforth? A rhetorical question, of course.

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