Dominant state of west produce
YOU will never read about it online or in the national wine press, but the recent WA share of trophies and gold medals on our national wine show circuit confirms this State’s dominance in the sauvignon blanc, SSB blends, chardonnay, cabernet and red Bordeaux classes.
Australia has a seven-capital city wine show system and each awards a trophy for the best of each of the most important wine varieties.
In the latest two capital city wine show results to be announced, from Adelaide and Melbourne, WA gained six of the 14 chardonnay gold medals at the former and six of 22 at Melbourne.
The west has won four of five of 2016’s capital city Best Chardonnay trophies.
In Adelaide, WA gained 18 of the 19 medals awarded in the 2016 semillon and sauvignon blanc blend class and 14 out of 14 at Melbourne.
In the 2016 sauvignon blanc classes, three of the six gold medals at Adelaide and all three gold medals awarded at Melbourne came to the west.
When it comes to cabernet sauvignon, the west, as always, remains dominant.
WA gained 12 of the 28 cabernet and red Bordeaux blend gold medals at Adelaide and 12 of 23 at Melbourne.
All five of the capital city Best Cabernet Sauvignon trophies awarded this year have been won by WA wines.
Deep Woods’ Reserve cabernet sauvignon 2014 won both the Best Cabernet Sauvignon and the Jimmy Watson trophy (for Best One or Two Year Old Red Wine) at Melbourne.
It gave Deep Woods its third consecutive Best Cabernet trophy there, as well as two of the past three at Adelaide.
In other news, at Adelaide, Houghton gained eight red wine gold medals ranging from an under $10 Red Classic to the 2013 Jack Mann at $130.
Deep Woods Estate winemaker Daniel Stocker, operations winemaker Emma Gillespie and chief winemaker Julian Langworthy.