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Announcing the 2023 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards Gold Medal Winners

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The medal winning wines of the 2023 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards can now be revealed, in anticipation of who will take away this year’s top trophies and be named the “Best Wine in NSW” at the 28th Annual NSW Wine Awards.

Hosted again over three days in October (4-6) by NSW Wine’s major sponsor the ICC Sydney, 16 expert wine judges from across Australia gathered to evaluate our best local wines.

Led by this year’s Chair of Judges and award-winning winemaker, Nick Spencer, the judging panel included a wealth of experience including Wine Selectors Tasting Panellist and Wine Educator Adam Walls, Master of Wine and Group Beverage Manager for Solotel Annette Lacey, McLaren Vale winemaker Rob Mack, Food and Beverage Director at The Point Group Alex Kirkwood and Vice President of Sommeliers Australia Bridget Raffal among others.

A total of 480 medals were awarded of which 65 received a prized Gold Medal from the judges (full list below).

Commenting on the results, Nick Spencer said; “I was thrilled to Chair my third NSW Wine Awards and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the results were outstanding.”

“The quality of wines this year were extraordinary and a real testament to the producers, particularly when considering how challenging the last two vintages have been.”

“There were of course some stand out classes including Semillon, Shiraz and encouragingly, the Sparkling wine class has improved significantly with 20 medals awarded up from 12 the previous year,” Spencer said.

“Other classes that shone were the Alternative White and Red classes which seem to improve year in year out. The top Chardonnays this year also back my belief that NSW produces some of the best Chardonnay in the world.”

The 65 Gold Medal finalists will now move on to the next stage of the Awards, the exclusive 2023 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards Presentation Lunch, where the top 2023 trophy winners will be announced on 10 November at ICC Sydney.

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