Penny’s Hill of McLaren Vale Awarded the Prestigious ‘Best in Show’ at the Annual Decanter World Wine Awards


June 19th, 2024 – The 2023 Penny’s Hill ‘Yeenunga’ Single Vineyard McLaren Vale Grenache was awarded “Best in Show” at this year’s Decanter 21st World Wine Awards.

Alexia Roberts, Chief Winemaker at Penny’s Hill
Photo credit: Jonathan VDK Photographer

The Decanter World Wine Awards are recognised as the world’s largest and most influential wine competition and Penny’s Hill was judged by global experts as #1 Grenache out of 18,000 wines from all over the world. An amazing achievement for Penny’s Hill, McLaren Vale Grenache and Australia.

Penny’s Hill Chief Winemaker and General Manager Alexia Roberts expressed her excitement for the accolade.

“We’re thrilled with the timing of this recognition as Penny’s Hill enters a new chapter, adding new wines to the collection and featuring contemporary packaging highlighting the iconic Penny’s Hill red spot.” says Roberts.

Since assuming the role of Chief Winemaker for Penny’s Hill in 2013 and later becoming the General Manager in 2022, Alexia Roberts has played a pivotal role in shaping the brand’s direction. Guided by Executive Chairman and Proprietor Warren Randall of Randall Wine Group, which acquired Penny’s Hill Estate in 2022. Roberts is impressed with the absolute purity of fruit nurtured by these ancient vines, the Yeenunga vineyard, which is one of the best single vineyard sites in McLaren Vale.

Randall exclaimed, “I have admired the consistent excellence of the Penny’s Hill range of wines for over 30 years, but every now and again, Penny’s Hill and McLaren Vale stun the world of wine!”

The 2023 Penny’s Hill ‘Yeenunga’ Single Vineyard Grenache marks a debut release of a new collection of wines sourced from iconic estate vineyards. The 51-year-old bush vine Grenache, planted in a horseshoe contour, sits at an elevation of 170m, the site offers panoramic views of McLaren Vale and St Vincent’s Gulf of South Australia.

Another outstanding result at the Decanter World Wine Awards for Penny’s Hill was the gold medal received by the 2022 Penny’s Hill ‘Edwards Road’ Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Randall continued, “This isn’t the first time the wines of Penny’s Hill have been recognised on a global stage.

First, Penny’s Hill was awarded the “World’s Best Cabernet” with the 2014 Penny’s Hill ‘Edwards Road’ Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, Penny’s Hill has received the “Best in Show” accolade at the Decanter World Wine Awards, for the 2023 Penny’s Hill ‘Yeenunga’ Single Vineyard Grenache.

Put simply, Penny’s Hill make world class single vineyard McLaren Vale wines. At $100 per bottle, the 2023 Penny’s Hill ‘Yeenunga’ Single Vineyard Grenache offers incredible value for money compared to the many more expensive wines in the tasting.”

About Penny’s Hill:

Penny’s Hill is a sustainably certified producer in McLaren Vale, South Australia. The Estate is located on the historic ‘Ingleburne’ homestead property, dating back to 1855. Since its inception in 1988 and with a strong focus on Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Penny’s Hill has a track record of receiving global acclaim for its McLaren Vale wines. Acquired by Warren Randall of the Randall Wine Group in 2022, Penny’s Hill is destined to be an attraction for global visitors, with the significant $4M development of the “Tourism Village” launching in 2025.


About Randall Wine Group:

The Randall Wine Group is Australia’s largest private luxury vineyard holder spanning over 9000 acres, together with an expanding portfolio of luxury wine brands, including Seppeltsfield in the Barossa and Gemtree Organic Wines in McLaren Vale.