Decanter Platinum: The 97-point wines of the DWWA 2022

The 2022 edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards, had the highest number of entries, and no less than 18,244 wines were judged, of which only 163 were awarded the prestigious platinum medal.

Sarah Jane Evans MW, co-chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards, said: "Winning a platinum medal is something truly exceptional. Platinum is like a stratospheric level," she commented, "so it's like saying to the winemaker: this is a great great wine!" The Platinum medal winners, which make up just 0.89% of the total wines tasted at the 2022 competition, represent, along with Best in Show, the best of the best of wines at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Of all the producing countries in the world, France won the most medals, both Platinum and Best in Show, with 38 wines awarded in nine regions. Burgundy and Champagne each received seven Platinum medals, followed by Bordeaux with six. Next we find Alsace, a land of great wines with this Riesling Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim 2017 by Gustave Lorentz.

This wonderful wine stood out because it was particularly vibrant and inviting. The nose has wonderful aromas of honey, ginger, chalk and grapefruit, before revealing a rich palate of toasted pineapple, with bright acidity and a saline minerality.

On the 2022 competition judging, co-chair Michael Hill Smith MW said: 'There are many wine competitions in the world, so to win a Platinum at Decanter is definitely important because it's not only a gold medal winning wine, which in itself is hard enough to win, but it also proves to be one of the best golds in the competition. So I think if you win a Platinum it shows that the wine is of exceptional quality'.

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