Winnners of 2017 Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge

Held in conjunction with the Langton's Margaret River Wine Show

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Mandoon Estate -  Homestead restaurant

Mandoon Estate - Homestead restaurant

1991 Orlando St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet grapes, image from Margaret River by Frances Andrijich


Results for the Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge for 2017, which was judged in conjunction with the Langton's Margaret River Wine Show in early November, have been released. 

Patron James Halliday AM announced the regional results and note that the number of wine regions represented increased from 28 to 31 with 9 regions providing a regional winner, an increase from only 6 last year.

The Challenge provides an opportunity for Australian producers of Cabernet Sauvignon to participate in a varietal competition of great national and international interest.

Cabernet Sauvignon of all vintages are eligible and judged by region in a blind tasting without judges knowing which region they were officiating.

Wines achieving a Gold score of 95 points and over were selected to determine the best of region wine, then each regional winners was judged again for the Trophy.

And the winners are:

Trophy Winner

Mandoon Estate Research Station Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Best of Region

  • Coonawarra - St Hugo Vetus Purum Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Geographe - Smallwater Estate Rob's Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Great Southern - Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • Hilltops - McWilliam's Wines Reserve 660 Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Margaret River - Mandoon Estate Research Station Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • McLaren Vale - Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Orange - Tamburlaine Reserve Orange Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Wrattonbully - Pepper Tree 'Block 21A' Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Yarra Valley - DeBortoli Wines Melba Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The full results are now available to view at


  • Margaret River (WA)

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