Australian Pinot Noir Challenge

Mon 19th Sep 2022 > Tue 20th Sep 2022


Entries are now open for the 2022 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge.  The full schedule with the entry link to Showrunner can be found here.


Important Dates:

Entries Close:   Friday 26 August

Entry Delivery:  Between Monday 29 August and Friday 9 September

Judging:           Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 September

Trophy announcement and presentation dinner TBC.



Judged on November 10 2021, OSSA Wines was the highest pointed wine of the 230 entries at the Challenge.  It scored 96 points, making it the highest pointed wine in the show.

Chief Judge of the Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, David Bicknell said the 2020 OSSA Pinot Noir made an impression on the judges, standing above a really strong class of Tasmanian pinot noir wines. 

"It was a remarkable, head turning wine.  A bit of a 'wow' moment for the judging panel assessing this class of wines.  The standard across all the classes was high, even factoring how tricky 2020 was for several regions," said Bicknell.

Upon receiving news about the award, winemaker Liam McElhinney, said it was a real thrill for owners Rod and Cecile Roberts, who own the brand and OSSA Wine's Bellbrook Vineyard in Cranbrook, Tasmania.

"From the outset, OSSA Wines has been focused on achieving the absolute pinnacle of Tasmania Wine.  We didn't think we would achieve the absolute pinnacle of Australian pinot noir on our first release."

See full results here.


Visit the Pinot Challenge Website