YARRA VALLEY SCORES AWARD FOR OUR BEST SHIRAZ
RAISE a glass — an $80 bottle of red from the Yarra Valley has won one of the world’s most prestigious wine awards.
The Levantine Hill Estate 2015 Syrah scooped the Australian Red Trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London.
Notching up 96 points and gold medal status, judges declared it the best shiraz in Australia, beating all other wine categories from around the nation, including pinots and cabernet sauvignons.
Winemaker Paul Bridgeman said the hard work had paid off.
“It’s certainly been through no lack of effort or expense trying to get to where we are,’’ Mr Bridgeman said. “We are a relatively new face in game but bring lot of history and belief in the region.’’
A region better known for cabernet savignon and more recently pinot and chardonnay, Mr Bridgeman said the award could help showcase the potential for Yarra Valley shiraz.
According to its creators, the Syrah boasts brooding flavours of sumac and caraway, dark berry and chocolate.
“It really does justice to this winegrowing region,’’ Mr Bridgeman said. “It has a restrained elegant perfume that really creeps up on you.’’
This year’s International Wine Challenge received entries from 52 countries.
Winemaker Paul Bridgeman and his dog, Archie, inspect the winning wine. Picture: JAKE NOWAKOWSKI