Cheers to win­ning

Two sil­ver and five bronze awards to Ohana Win­ery

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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)

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

Zoe Young and Josh Phillips from Ohana Win­ery.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

OWN­ERS: Ohana Win­ery’s Josh Phillips and Zoe Young.

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