Nocturne Wines wins Halliday Australian Cabernet Challange

Margaret River winery takes home 2018 Trophy

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Alana Langworthy, Nocturne Wines

Alana Langworthy, Nocturne Wines [©Nocturne Wines]

Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge
Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Tamburlaine Orange Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Margaret River Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon continues a dream run from Julian and Alana Langworthy winning the third Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge.

Alana Langworthy said “We are super excited to be recognised as this year’s pinnacle of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. Winning the Halliday Cabernet Challenge is a dream come true and an amazing triumph for our single vineyard Nocturne wine.

The Cabernet Challenge provides an opportunity for Australian producers of Cabernet Sauvignon to participate in a varietal competition of great national and international interest.”

The 2018 challenge was judged in conjunction with the Langton's Margaret River Wine Show last month. Cabernet Sauvignon of all vintages are eligible and judged by region without judges knowing which region they were officiating.

Wines achieving a Gold Medal score (95 points and over) were selected to determine the Best of Region wine, then each Regional Winner was judged again for the Trophy.

Chair of Judges, Corrina Wright said "To be able to taste the best of the best in Cabernet around the country is quite an honour. It was a super hard fought battle to choose the winning wine, a lot of discussion and a number of worthy cabernets from across the country vying for the title. Cabernet in Australia is in a good place, and seems to be getting better and better every year. I commend to you the regional finalists and winners."


The 2018 Halliday Cabernet Challenge Winners are:


Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge Trophy Winner

Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Adelaide Hills Best of Region

Bird in Hand Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Coonawarra Best of Region

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Langhorne Creek Best of Region

Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Margaret River Best of Region

Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


McLaren Vale Best of Region

Cockfighter's Ghost Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Orange Best of Region

Tamburlaine Orange Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Full results which are now available to view at



  • Margaret River (WA)

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