Cham­bers’ ta­bles earn re­spect

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

Usu­ally known for its for­ti­fied wines, it was Cham­bers’ table wine sec­tion that had judges lick­ing their lips.

The big­gest coup was win­ning the Best Dry White Table Wine tro­phy – of which truly needs to be earned, in­di­cated by some years not hav­ing any win­ners en­graved due to no wine war­rant­ing the award.

“Tra­di­tion­ally we’re able to pick up bronze and sil­vers in the open sec­tion table wines, but this is the first time we’ve been able to achieve gold,” Cham­bers Rose­wood Win­ery wine­maker Stephen Cham­bers told The Free Press.

Cham­bers Rose­wood of­fi­cially won the tro­phy for the best Ruther­glen white wine in the re­cent Ruther­glen Wine Show at the awards din­ner – one of the Aus­tralia’s most heav­ily sup­ported wine shows in the coun­try that al­lows lo­cal grow­ers the op­por­tu­nity to be com­pared with wines from across the coun­try.

“It’s a big re­sult be­cause we’re not just up against lo­cals. When you can get your­self in a po­si­tion where you can be judged and com­pared un­bi­as­edly it’s re­ally good,” Mr Cham­bers said.

Mr Cham­bers used to han­dle both the for­ti­fied and table wines at the Barkly Street win­ery, be­fore hand­ing over table du­ties to Andrew McLeod in 2017.

Mr Cham­bers said he is look­ing for­ward to gain­ing feed­back for his wines that were en­tered.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what awards you get, it’s just handy to know why you got what you got be­cause it gives you some­thing to go from and im­prove,” he said.

“These shows are al­ways ef­fec­tively about bench­mark­ing against what else is out there.”

World-class wine judges spent hours on-end from Septem­ber 18-20 smelling and tast­ing over 1000 dif­fer­ent en­tries from across Aus­tralia.

Each wine is known only by a num­ber – with its re­gion, la­bel and grower com­pletely un­known – and was given a to­tal score out of 60.

Be­tween 46.5 and 50.5 would re­sult in bronze, 51-55 sil­ver and 55.5 and above gold.

Cham­bers Rose­wood ended up re­ceiv­ing three golds over­all. They won Bronze for its 2018 Rous­sanne in Class 107, Top Gold in Class 127(g) for its 2015 Rous­sanne, Bronze in Class 216(g) for its 2017 Cin­sault, Sil­ver in Class 233 for its 2016 Shi­raz, Top Gold in Class 237(d) for its 2016 An­ton Ruch Shi­raz Mon­deuse Noire, both Sil­ver and Bronze in Class 431 for two of its 2018 Mus­cadelle, Sil­ver in Class 432 for its 2017 Mus­cadelle, Gold in Class 436 for its NV Rare Mus­cadelle, Bronze in Class 443 for its NV Ruther­glen Mus­cat and Bronze in Class 445 for its NV Grand Mus­cat.

“We didn’t ex­pect the re­sults,” Mr Cham­bers ad­mit­ted.

“We only en­tered for­ti­fied wines orig­i­nally which is where we usu­ally do well, and not un­til get­ting a phone call ask­ing us to en­ter table wines did we de­cide to do so.

“Do­ing re­ally well in the table wines sec­tion shows we have a level of con­sis­tency and a good stan­dard to now build on, we want to repli­cate that go­ing for­ward.

“The fact that we got a medal in the younger red and table wine gives us con­fi­dence that other wines we have out there can pro­duce sim­i­lar qual­i­ties if not even bet­ter.”

Cham­bers Rose­wood Win­ery ar­rived at Ruther­glen in 1868 and has been kick­ing goals ever since, this year cel­e­brat­ing its 160th.

“One of my aims was to im­prove the qual­ity and con­sis­tency of table wines, it’s taken al­most 20 years to get it to a stan­dard where peo­ple can say ‘yep, these are good wines’.

“It’s the first time we’ve cracked gold, it’s hard like any­thing else. When run­ning a race you only have to be a frac­tion off and you’re ei­ther first or noth­ing.

“It’s good to see the work we put in place is pays off.”

Mr Cham­bers said there were many lo­cal winer­ies that did quite well in the show which “bodes well for the re­gion in the fu­ture”.

He also thanked and praised the whole Cham­bers Rose­wood crew, say­ing it was a mas­sive team ef­fort to be recog­nised at this year’s show. .

“Ev­ery­one plays a dif­fer­ent role, there are all sorts of pieces and be­ing a small busi­ness it re­ally is a team ef­fort, with ev­ery­one hav­ing to pull in the same di­rec­tion. Wine is so re­liant on what hap­pens on the out­side.”

Camp­bells Wines from Ruther­glen also did well, earn­ing six Bronze wines, one Sil­ver and five Gold.

Cham­bers Rose­wood Win­ery came away from the 130th wine show with sev­eral awards, in its 160th year as one of Ruther­glen’s finest winer­ies.

Andrew McLeod pours Stephen Cham­bers a glass of wine at the vic­to­ri­ous Cham­bers Rose­wood Win­ery.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.