NE wineries take home plenty of gold and silver
THE recent award season for wineries in North East Victoria has proven to be exceptionally successful with a number of wineries in the Rutherglen and Alpine Valley regions taking home a number of medals and trophies.
All Saints Estate has taken home a swathe of medals from the 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition that was recently held in the UK including the Fortified Wine Trophy for its All Saints Estate Classic Rutherglen Muscat NV.
In its 47th year, the International Wine & Spirit Competition is to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide, recognising and rewarding the very best in the wine spirits industry.
Entries to the competition are received from 90 countries worldwide and each sample is judged according to its class encouraging recognition for quality.
Wahgunyah-based All Saints Estate received gold outstanding for its Classic Rutherglen Muscat and gold for its Rare Rutherglen Muscat.
The winery also received silver outstanding for its 2012 Family Cellar Durif, Rutherglen Muscat and Grand Rutherglen Muscat and silver for its 2013 Family Cellar Marsanne and 2013 Family Cellar Shiraz.
All Saints chief executive officer Eliza Brown said it was a “great thrill” to receive the awards.
“This is the second international medal and second trophy win we have received for our wines this year which is a great thrill for our entire team, most importantly for the vineyard and winemaking team headed up by Nicholas Brown,” she said.
“The hard work, passion and tenacity for the vineyard and hand crafted process has resulted in truly world class wines.”
Baileys of Glenrowan is also celebrating its success at this year’s Rutherglen Wine Show awards, scooping up three major trophies and a number of gold medals.
Baileys took out Best Australian Dry Red wine (2014 and 2015 vintage) for its 2014 1920s Block Shiraz, Best Australian Durif (2014 and 2015 vintage) for its 2014 Petite Sirah and Best Australian Muscat (2015 and 216 vintage) for its 2016 Muscat.
Baileys’ winemaker Paul Dahlenburg said it was always pleasing to do well in a highly regarded show and to win trophies across multiple national classes.
“It’s a strong endorsement of what we are doing are great recognition for our hardworking team,” he said.
And according to the chief wine judge at the recent North East Wine Challenge, Alpine Valley wines are getting better with age.
Judging at Myrtleford’s Ablett Pavilion last month placed Alpine Valley wineries on top of the pedestal.
Now in its fifth year, there were 168 entries with Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show chief judge, Jane Faulkner praising the 2015 vintages that were vying for a prize.
“While the season was good there is also a maturity in the wine making – people are simply making better wines and in the North East different types of wines,” she said.
“Five years ago we hadn’t really seen Tempranillo up here and now it is simply outstanding.
“It’s the same with Italian varietals that we don’t see anywhere else,” Ms Faulkner added.
TOP DROP: Gapsted wine maker Toni Plabau tastes just some of the whites at the North East Wine Show.