Local wineries impress at award’s show
WINERIES from around the Strathbogie Shire attended The Victorian Wines Show at Mitchelton Wines last Thursday, where they were recognised for their top quality wine.
The show aims to reward those wineries from around Victoria with credit and bring that excellent quality to public attention.
With 760 entries from all around Victoria the Strathbogie region saw Mitchelton Wines, Tahbilk Winery, Maygar’s Hill and Fowles Wines come away with some top spots.
Mitchelton Wines won gold for its 2017 Preece Chardonnay and 2017 Blackwood Park Riesling.
Tahbilk Winery took home two gold’s with their 2016 Shiraz and 2016 RMV (three different wine blends), impressing the judges.
Another winery taking home two gold’s was Fowles Wines with their 2017 The Exception Merlot, and in the Museum Category with their 2010 Riesling.
Maygar’s Hill also stepped up with gold for their 2016 Shiraz.
With the awards providing a certifying stamp for excellent wine, Chief Winemaker at Fowles Wine Victor Nash said for us as winemakers the important part of it is benchmarking and seeing what people and our peers are rewarding.
“As a winemaker any colour medal is significant to you, they don’t just give them away,” Mr Nash said. “A gold medal is as good as it gets.”
Recognising the hard work put in behind the scenes, Mr Nash said you definitely have to be passionate about the industry.
“You often lose seven days of the week three months year which is often the best time of the year, as its Summer and Autumn,” he said.
“As winemakers we prefer cool mild dry conditions unlike other crops.”
As the awards pass them by and they move on to their next endeavour, Mr Nash said the season ahead looks good, mimicking the conditions of a successful season in 2018.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Local winemakers and owners had plenty to smile about at this year’s Victorian Wines Show. Pictured are (from left) Jenny Houghton, Lindsay Brown, and Victor Nash.