NE winer­ies take home plenty of gold and sil­ver

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: Jenny Zam­per­oni

TOP DROP: Gap­sted wine maker Toni Plabau tastes just some of the whites at the North East Wine Show.

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