A South Australian wine with a modest $22 price tag has won a coveted international award, being named the rose of the year by leading Chinese judges.
Taylors Wines in the Clare Valley took the top prize for its 2020 Estate Pino Noir Rose at the China Wine and Spirits Best Value Awards on Monday night.
The win comes at a contentious time, following China's move to slap big import tariffs on Australian wines.
"Australia hasn't been immune to the rose wave that has taken over the international drinks industry and it's exciting that Australia is being recognised amongst some of the best producers in the world," winemaker and managing director Mitchell Taylor said.
Judged blind by a panel of 100 experts, the Chinese awards are the largest and most prestigious in the country.
Despite issues with authorities over imports, other Australian companies also did well.
The Queen of Hearts Rose from Curtis Family Vineyards, Take it to the Grave Rose from Fourth Wave Wine, and Globe Skimmer Rose from Zonte's Footstep were all awarded medals in the rose category.