Margaret River's Howard Park Wines NV Jeté Brut Blanc has won Best Australian Sparkling Wine at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017 (CSWWC).
The CSWWC is the most respected, comprehensive and rigorous international sparkling wine competition in the world, judged exclusively by experts Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tony Jordan.
The award ceremony, held at London’s Vintner Hall, was attended by chief wine maker Janice McDonald (pictured, main) who said: “By global standards, our venture is fledgling. Our challenge is always to make sparkling from this very special place in the Great Southern that could come close in quality to Champagne, while showcasing our individual site and style.
“There is some tough competition in the Australian Sparkling space so it really is an honour to have won the trophy tonight, and as a Western Australian winery, not famed for their sparkling, it is a fantastic achievement."
Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 in Magnum was named Supreme World Champion and Best French Sparkling Wine, while Trentodoc producer Ferrari Lunelli crowned as Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year 2017.
The World Champions by Style and National Champions for 2017 are:
World Champion Blanc de Blancs – Hattingley 2011 Blancs de Blancs (Magnum) from England
World Champion NV Brut Blend– Louis Roederer NV Brut Premier (Magnum) from Champagne
World Champion Rosé – Chandon NV Rosé from Argentina
World Champion Vintaged Brut Blend – Piper-Heidsieck 2008 Vintage
Best Argentine Sparkling Wine – Chandon NV Rosé
Best Australian Sparkling Wine – Howard Park Wines NV Jeté Brut Blanc
Best Chinese Sparkling Wine – Chandon NV Brut
Best English Sparkling Wine – Nyetimber 2009 Classic Cuvée (Jeroboam)
Best French Sparkling Wine – Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 (Magnum)
Best Italian Sparkling Wine – Maso Martis 2011 Brut Riserva (Magnum)
Best New Zealand Sparkling Wine — Hunter’s 2013 Mirumiru Reserve
Best South African Sparkling Wine – Klein Constantia 2013 Brut
Best Spanish Sparkling Wine – Vilarnau NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva
Best US Sparkling Wine – Roederer Estate NV Rosé
The following wines were also named Regional Champions 2017
Best Cava – Vilarnau NV Vilarnau Brut Reserva
Best Champagne – Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 in Magnum
Best Franciacorta — Berlucchi '61 Saten in Magnum
Best Loire Sparkling Wine – Bouvet NV Saumur Brut
Best Prosecco – Astoria NV Arzana Cartizze Dry
Best Trentodoc – Maso Martis 2011 Brut Riserva in Magnum
Click here for the full list of Trophy, Best in Class and Medal winning wines.