Pinots secure glory for locals
TASMANIAN Pinot Noirs were a highlight at this year’s Royal Hobart International Wine Show with nine local drops taking home gold medals.
Pinot Noir wines from 2015 by Eddystone Point, Small Island Wines, Bay of Fires, Milton Vineyard and Josef Chromy all won gold at last week’s event.
Eddystone Point and Goaty Hill also claimed gold in the 2014 vintage category.
Bream Creek Vineyard and Highland Brae Vineyard won for their Pinot Noirs from 2013 and earlier.
Pinot Noir wines from New Zealand won three gold medals and one gold medal went to Victorian winery Coldstream Hills.
The show’s organising committee chairman John Ellis, of Victoria’s Hanging Rock Vineyard, compared the trans-Tasman rivalry in Pinot Noir to the Bledisloe Cup in rugby union.
“There’s always a tight competition between New Zealand and Tasmanian Pinot Noirs.
“And while this year it may be a fine line to draw, Tasmania can claim to have won it for Australia in 2016,” Mr Ellis said.
Long-time wine show contributor Bill Geeves was also recognised at last Thursday’s presentation dinner.
Mr Geeves received an award for the contribution he has made to the Tasmanian wine industry.