Shopper’s guide: DWWA-winning wines from Wine Rack

Wine Rack’s stores are concentrated in London, the Southeast and the Midlands. Below we highlight a selection of top medal winners to try from Wine Rack, plus a full list of wines to seek out at your nearest shop.

Topping the list is the Gold medal-winning Fontanafredda Barolo 2018. Judges awarded this wine 95 points for its poise, finesse and its complex palate of cherry fruit and subtle savoury notes – it’s a wine that will appeal to admirers of well-made Nebbiolo.

From among Wine Rack’s nine Silver medal winners, Antipodean producers stood out this year, including three wines from New Zealand. Yealands Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021 from Awatere Valley in Marlborough was awarded 92 points, with judges picking up on its leafy aromatics and appealing savoury notes.

Two well-made wines from the noted producer Villa Maria were also awarded Silver medals: its Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021 from Wairau Valley (91 points) shows plenty of Sauv Blanc personality with pungent cut-grass aromas and fresh lime notes. Its Private Bin Riesling 2021 (90 points) also shows lots of typicity, with citrus and apple notes mixed in with slatey, mineral notes.

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For fans of Australia, two Shiraz wines are well worth tracking down. Dense, packed with fruit and spice-rich, The Hedonist Shiraz 2020 from McLaren Vale (91 points) has all the spice, fruit and concentration you could want from a Shiraz of this region. “Very smart,” as one judge put it.  

From Western Australia’s Margaret River, Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2018 (90 points), a blend of 88% Shiraz with tiny amounts of Alicante Bouschet and Viognier blended in, won favour with judges for its spicy, savoury fruit.

Find the full list of medal-winning wines available at Wine Rack below, complete with tasting notes and prices.

All tasting notes and scores have been determined by some of the world’s leading wine experts at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022.

DWWA Shoppers’ Guide: Wine Rack


Fontanafredda, Proprietà in Fontanafredda, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy 2018
Gold, 95 points
A soft, red-fruited wine at first glance, but the wine slowly opens to offer a charming complexity of red fruits, fennel, touches of fresh earth, chocolate, and plenty of cherry stone freshness. The sweet-fruit profile fills the ripe grippy tannins to a well-poised finale. Alc 14.5%


Yealands, Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand 2021
Silver, 92 points
Lovely savoury ripe fruit lift, sea air and tomato leaf notes on the nose. Ripe and inviting on the palate. Alc 13%

Villa Maria, Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand 2021
Silver, 91 points
Pungent floral nose with notes of fresh grass, lime, dandelion and red apple aromas. Succulent palate with a touch of salinity. Alc 13%

Talbott, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, USA 2019
Silver, 90 points
Intense nuttiness, citrus, toast, struck-match nose. Vibrant, almost mouthwatering acidity. Silky palate with ripe peachy fruit, lemon curd, oak finish. Alc 14.4%

Villa Maria, Private Bin Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand 2021
Silver, 90 points
Mineral nose with a slatey character and notes of fresh lemon, green apple and white peach. Dry and youthful. Alc 13%

Louis M Martini, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, California, USA 2018
Silver, 92 points
Elegant nose of ripe blackcurrant with notes of rose-hip, tobacco leaf and chocolate. Decadent, velvety palate, charming acidity and a good spicy finish. Alc 14.5%

The Hedonist, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia 2020
Silver, 91 points
A rich, ripe style, with lots of bright blue and blackberry fruits, pepper, cloves, liquorice and violets. Very smart. Alc 14%

Zuccardi, Serie A Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2020
Silver, 91 points
Perfumed and inviting with a nose of herb, black pepper…

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Shopper’s guide: DWWA-winning wines from Wine Rack  
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