Coward and Black Vineyards Win Bronze at Decanter for Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Decanter’s latest accolades for the Margaret River wine region have extended to its sparkling whites, with a producer from Wilyabrup hailed for creating one of the best champagnes in the world.
Coward and Black Vineyards operator Patrick Coward said the bronze medal win at the recent World Wine Awards in London brought the vineyard’s Wilyabrup Blanc de Blancs 2018 up to par with “some of France’s most iconic champagnes. in the world”.
“It has to be said that Margaret River is not very well known for its sparkling wine,” Coward said.
“Howard Park did well a few years ago. Most of Margaret River’s sparklings are pinot noir, blends of chardonnay or other varieties like chenin blanc etc.
“There are fewer than 10 wineries in the Margaret River region that produce a blanc de blancs from 100% chardonnay.
“It’s 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine that we think has a great future.”
Bronze in London was shared with Imperial Brut from Moët et Chandon, Royal Grand Cru Brut from Pommery and Reserve Brut from Tattinger, as well as the famous La Belle Epoch from Perrier-Jouet.
In a record estate of 1269 sparkling white wines, 445 came from the famous French region of Champagne.
The winery’s blanc de blancs was the only sparkling wine in WA to win at this year’s Decanter, and orders for the $65 wine tripled overnight.
“We are incredibly honored to be in such illustrious company,” Coward told The Times.
“The fact that our very first crack in a sparkling wine is judged in the same league as some of the greatest champagnes in the world is amazing.”
The vineyard was established in 2001 by Coward and his friend Martin Black on famous Tom Cullity Drive.