Another vin­tage year for St Anne’s at wine show

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ST ANNE’S Win­ery has tasted suc­cess at this year’s Heath­cote Wine Show.

The Echuca-Moama wine pro­ducer won the tro­phy for Best Caber­net Fam­ily Wine with its Tatalia 2015 Heath­cote Caber­net.

The win is yet another feather in the cap for the ex­pand­ing com­pany, which scooped the pool with seven awards at the Dookie Wine Show last year.

St Anne’s boss and chief wine­maker Richard McLean said he was over the moon with the lat­est vic­tory.

‘‘St Anne’s have been pro­duc­ing wines from the Heath­cote re­gion for many years,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a well qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced team at St Anne’s, which is es­sen­tial to make wines of this cal­i­bre.’’

His side­kick Trent Ea­cott said the qual­ity of wines pro­duced at St Anne’s was im­prov­ing each year.

‘‘And it’s al­ways a pleasure to work with great fruit from a fa­mous re­gion like Heath­cote,’’ he said.

The Heath­cote Wine Show cri­tiques wines made from grapes grown in the world fa­mous Heath­cote wine re­gion.

The judges’ com­ments on the win­ning wine were: ‘‘Juicy and vi­brant. Judges could not say enough about this wine. Cor­rect and in­te­grated.’’

The drop is avail­able at its Echuca and Moama cel­lar doors as well as on­line.

St Anne’s also en­tered a num­ber of other wines in the com­pe­ti­tion, all of which re­ceived medals.

The win­ery’s suc­cess comes as it marks its 45th year in busi­ness.

Owned and man­aged by sib­lings Richard and Anne McLean, it has stamped it­self as a lead­ing wine ex­porter to the emerg­ing Chi­nese mar­ket.

St Anne’s op­er­ates sev­eral lo­cal vine­yards, as well as pro­duc­ing wines from Heath­cote, Bendigo, Big Rivers and Port Phillip.

Pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity at its Echu­caMoama win­ery is cur­rently five mil­lion bot­tles each year.

‘ We have a well qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced team at St Anne’s, which is es­sen­tial to make ’ wines of this cal­i­bre — Richard McLean

Photo: Hil­lary Walker

Richard McLean was over­joyed at St Anne’s win at the Heath­cote Wine Show.

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