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.