Established Harvey vines come of age
A CHARDONNAY from the heart of Harvey has received international approval with a gold medal from the Australian New Zealand Boutique Wine Show earlier this month.
Fifth Estate Winery, run by Julie and Mark Moloney, was awarded a gold medal for its 2016 chardonnay at the boutique wine awards in Sydney last month.
Mrs Moloney said they had success in the same competition previously with their 2008 shiraz and 2014 tempranillo.
“We had a feeling we were on a bit of a winner this year,” she said.
Mrs Moloney said this show was an internationally respected event in the wine industry.
“It has got a very good reputa-
tion and buyers and other winemakers put it in very high standing,” she said.
“People who know of wine will know this event.”
Mrs Moloney said it was a combination of the weather and the climate that contributed to a particularly good vintage.
“The combination of the weather and climate that year made it a good year for wines that weren’t within smoke distance of the fires,” she said.
“Anything that wasn’t affected by the smoke at that time did pretty well.”
Mrs Moloney said having one of the best winemakers in Australia, Margaret River-based winemaker Peter Stanlake who ferments the grapes for a number of Geographe wineries, contributed to the award.
The vines at Fifth Estate were planted in 1999 and since then have been pruned back each winter.
“The vines are coming to a good age now,” Mrs Moloney said.
She said the winery would be entering its 2016 chardonnay in the Geographe Wine Show as well.
“In the Geographe wine event every September local wineries get together and compete,” she said.
“It’s all about promoting the Geographe wine region which is becoming a lot more known for alternative wines, and shiraz and chardonnay.”
Fifth Estate Winery owner Julie Moloney visits the vines which yielded the gold medal winning 2016 chardonnay at the Australia New Zealand Boutique Wine Show.