Su­per sparkle

Tasmanian Country - - FRONT PAGE - ROGER HANSON

TAS­MA­NIAN wines sparkled at the Royal Ho­bart Wine Show and claimed a swag of awards.

Fruit sourced across the state’s pre­mium cool-cli­mate re­gions has gone into mak­ing the best wine of the show.

Tas­ma­nian House of Ar­ras won four tro­phies for best wine of show, best Tas­ma­nian sparkling, best Tas­ma­nian wine and best sparkling for its Blanc de Blanc 2008.

The 43rd Ho­bart Wine Show, run by the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Tas­ma­nia, at­tracted more than 1700 en­tries judged by a panel of 20 ex­perts.

RAST chief ex­ec­u­tive Scott Gadd said the show went well.

“Again it showed| Tas­ma­nian wines are punch­ing above their weight,” Mr Gadd said.

House of Ar­ras is part of the Ac­co­lade Wines port­fo­lio, which also features Bay of Fires with a win­ery at Pipers River and the Ed­dy­s­tone Point range.

Bay of Fires won the gong for best Tas­ma­nian white wine and was named most suc­cess­ful Tas­ma­nian ex­hibitor.

Ed Carr, House of Ar­ras wine­maker, said Tas­ma­nia’s grow­ing con­di­tions were ideal for long, slow and con­sis­tent fruit de­vel­op­ment.

Mr Carr has now scooped the best sparkling tro­phy at ev­ery cap­i­tal city wine show in Australia this year.

“These awards have topped a su­perla­tive year for House of Ar­ras. Such en­dorse­ment across a broad range of judges is an ab­so­lute state­ment of qual­ity and the en­tire viti­cul­ture and wine­mak­ing team is ex­tremely proud of this achieve­ment,” he said.

He was pleased to take the home state tro­phy for the best Tas­ma­nian wine from a strong field across many pre­mium cold-cli­mate wine styles.

Ma­jor win­ners in­cluded Mon­talto Vine­yard, which won best Pinot Noir with Mon­talto Tuerong Block 2016. Most suc­cess­ful ex­hibitor was Tyrrell’s Vine­yards while Mop­pity Vine­yards won best in­di­vid­ual vine­yard wine.

Best red went to Wa­ter­shed Pre­mium Wines’ Awak­en­ing Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon 2014. Best for­ti­fied wine was Mor­ris Wines’ Old Pre­mium Rare Topaque NV.

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