Congratulations to the 2020 James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge Trophy Winner!

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – 97 points

Adelaide Hills Best of Region
Wines by Geoff Hardy
2018 K1 By Geoff Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 points

Barossa Valley Best of Region
Casella Family Brands
2018 Peter Lehmann Wines Masters Mentor Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 points

Coonawarra Best of Region
Brand’s Laira of Coonawarra
2018 Brand’s Laira 1968 Vines Cabernet Sauvignon – 96 points

Margaret River Best of Region
Xanadu Wines
2018 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon – 97 points

Yarra Valley Best of Region
Boat O’Craigo Wines
2018 Boat O’Craigo Braveheart Cabernet Sauvignon – 96 points

Click here for the full results.

The 2020 James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge presented by Langton’s saw 364 wine exhibits from 29 different wine regions judged simultaneously on 7th, 8th and 9th September in Coonawarra and Margaret River. 

In what is believed to be a world first, the judging panels, stewards and organising teams connected through Zoom, Skype, telephone, social media and the AWRI wine show judging software, to make the show run smoothly.

Check out out some of the action live streamed during judging on Facebook @margaretriverwines1,  @coonawarra and @wineyarravalley1


Meet the 2020 Judges

Pete Bissell – recently retired, formerly Balnaves of Coonawarra
Jane Ferrari – Independent Wine Consultant, formerly Yalumba
Andrew Hardy – Parker Coonawarra Estate

Associate Judges
Matilda Innes – Ottelia
Lauren Hansen – Penley Estate

Margaret River
Robert Mann – Corymbia
Julian Langworthy – Deep Woods Estate
Courtney Treacher – Accolade Wines

Associate Judges
Emma Farrelly – State Buildings
Lance Parkin – Heafod Glen

About the Challenge

The James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge presented by Langton’s provides an opportunity for Australian producers to participate in a competition showcasing great regional Cabernet Sauvignon.

The world’s most widely planted vine and Australia’s third most planted variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, is one of Australian wine’s great success stories.

Home to the world’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, planted in 1886 in the Barossa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon has a long and proud history in Australia.

The James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge presented by Langton’s respects this history whilst celebrating the producers of Cabernet Sauvignon, who are striving to make the best possible wines that reflect a sense of place.

Whether that is the sublime subtlety from the Yarra Valley, the elegant and balanced wines from the Coonawarra terra rossa soil, the rich and decadent signature style from Margaret River or the powerful and luscious expressions from  McLaren Vale,  the Challenge provides an opportunity for a Cabernet Sauvignon varietal competition of great interest.

An overall winner is awarded the trophy for most outstanding Australian Cabernet Sauvignon and the regional winners with scores of 95 points or more are also be recognised.

Download the 2020 Exhibitor Schedule

The James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge presented by Langton’s is a collaboration between Margaret River Wine Association, Coonawarra Vignerons and Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association.


James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge Results 2019

 James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge Results 2018


James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge 2017 Results
 James Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge 2016 Results