Cheers to winning
Two silver and five bronze awards to Ohana Winery
IT WAS a surprise win for humble winemakers Josh Phillips and Zoe Young from Ohana Winery after the pair entered a prestigious wine competition in Western Australia.
When the results were posted by the Perth Royal Show 2016 Competition for ‘Commercial Wine (excluding grapes) and Cider’, Ms Young was thrilled with the awards.
Ms Young said they had been involved in the wine industry for 12-months and the awards were encouraging.
“Our selection of the exotic fruit wines are popular with visitors and have a unique taste,” Ms Young said.
The 4.45ha property is nestled on the outskirts of Childers with a small commercial plantation of avocados and finger limes.
The sub-topical climate provides perfect conditions for growing exotic fruits from sub-tropical and tropical regions all over the world.
New to making wine, Mr Phillips said there had been plenty of trial and error in creating unique flavours.
The couple readily admit they do favour one wine over the others, being their Pineapple, which received a bronze medal in Perth.
Mr Phillips continues to finetune his recipes and his secret blends are closely guarded.
Passionate about wine and producing quality, the awards will hopefully propel the pair onto the world stage with their winemaking.
“We entered seven wines, not expecting to win, as it was our first competition.”
Ms Young said she kept looking at the website waiting for updates to be posted.
“When I saw our wines listed, I was thrilled,” she said.
Ohana Winery entered the following seven wines and the judges awarded the following medals:
Dragonfruit (Sweet) = Silver (Class 0003 – Sweet Red and Sweet White)
Jaboticaba Fortified = Silver (Class 0007 – Fortified Dry or Sweet)
Dragonfruit (Dry) = Bronze (Class 0001 – Dry White and Rose)
Pineapple = Bronze (Class 0003 – Sweet Red and Sweet White)
Starfruit = Bronze (Class 0003 – Sweet Red and Sweet White)
Plum = Bronze (Class 0003 – Sweet Red and Sweet White)
Limoncello = Bronze (Class 0007 – Fortified Dry or Sweet)
Zoe Young and Josh Phillips from Ohana Winery.
OWNERS: Ohana Winery’s Josh Phillips and Zoe Young.