As we enter 2024 here at Wine Please!, we're super excited to dish the scoop on the awards and honours our partner wineries received in 2023!
Halliday Wine Companion Winery of the Year 2024
Located in Langhorne Creek, South Australia, 2024's Halliday Wine Companion Winery of the Year 2024 is led by celebrated winemaker Paul Hotker (who was also named Halliday Winemaker of the Year 2018!). Heralded as “a winery that should be regarded as every Australian wine lover’s best friend”, Bleasdale was also the winner of two Halliday varietal awards: The Iron Duke Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 was named Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year, and Wellington Road Shiraz Cabernet 2021 named Shiraz/Cabernet Blend of the Year!
Two-time Gold Medalist at CSWWC 2023; Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections 2023
2023 was an incredible year of accolades for our Champagne icon, Charles Heidsieck! Wine Enthusiast recently scored seven of their wines at 91 points or above, with Champagne Charlie receiving a rare and highly sought after perfect score of 100 points. Champagne Charlie also landed at #9 on the Top 100 Cellar Selections 2023, proudly listed alongside some of the world’s most prestigious cuvées! The fine sparkling purveyors also took home two gold medals at CSWWC (The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship).
Descorchados Winery of the Year 2024
De Martino was named Winery of the Year 2024 by Descorchados, the most influential wine guide in South America and the Spanish speaking world! They also achieved their best-ever score of 99 points for their Gran Vino Cuvée 2021, which was also awarded Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Red.
Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2023
Fritz Haag’s Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2021 was ranked at #87 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2023 – and that’s no small feat! Established as early as the 17th century, the Fritz Haag estate is located in the heart of Mosel River Valley, one of the premium Riesling regions in the world. Today, the winery produces world-class Rieslings that are known for their distinct mineral and delicate profile.
Platter's 2024 South African Wine Guide Best Chenin Blanc
The celebrated Platter's by Diners Club 2024 South African Wine Guide saw owner/winemaker Tertius Boshoff win Winemaker of the Year for the Syrah/Shiraz category with his 2020 Stellenrust ArtiSons Blueberry Hill Shiraz, while Stellenrust Old Bush Vine 2022 received the award for Best Chenin Blanc! Plus, six of the team's wines received 5 stars in the guide; with both Old Bush Vine 2022 and 58 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2022 achieving 98 points (the highest awarded score!).
Elsewhere, their 58 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc took the highest accolade, Master Chenin Blanc, at the inaugural Global Chenin Blanc Masters competition by The Drinks Business, while also being the trophy winner in the non-aromatic wines category of Global Fine Wine Challenge 2023 in Australia!