Top wine award for estate
NANNUP winery Whimwood Estate was the big winner at the WA Boutique Wine Show held over the weekend.
Its 2016 chardonnay won the Best Boutique Wine award, the show’s top honour, as well as awards for Best WA White and Best Blackwood Valley White.
The winery’s strong showing was proof that the region’s wines were among the best anywhere, Blackwood Valley Wine Industry Association president Troy Schoof said.
“In awarding Whimwood Estate the trophy for Best Boutique Wine, the judges are saying that this is the best wine out of the 205 wines entered from all over Western Australia, a truly outstanding result.”
A total of 39 boutique producers submitted 205 wines for judging over two days at Bridgetown Gardens, to decide the awards and 65 per cent of wines entered received a medal.
Entry was limited to WA winemakers producing up to 250 tonnes of wine grapes a year.
Chief judge Tony Davis, from Snake and Herring, who has been making and judging wine for 20 years, said stand out classes were shiraz and chardonnay.
“It was great to see a Blackwood chardonnay win wine of the show,” he said.
Faber Vineyard in the Swan Valley received the trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor overall winning three gold, five silver and six bronze medals.
Latitude 34, the region’s biggest producer, received the trophy for Most Successful Blackwood Valley Exhibitor, winning nine bronze medals.
Downderry Wines in Narrogin won the trophy for Best WA Red with its 2015 shiraz.
White Gate Wine, which is also Nannup-based, won the Best Blackwood Valley Red award for its 2014 cabernet merlot.