Ruther­glen wines dom­i­nate awards

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Ruther­glen has swept the floor at the 2018 Vic­to­rian Wine Show win­ning three tro­phies and 69 awards – more than any other Vic­to­rian wine re­gion.

Re­sults of the 36th Vic­to­rian Wine Show were an­nounced at Mitchel­ton Win­ery in Nagam­bie last month. Al­most 770 wines from right across Vic­to­ria were judged by some of Aus­tralia’s most re­spected wine­mak­ers and som­me­liers along­side top in­ter­na­tional judges New Zealand’s Jim Harre and South Africa’s Chris­tian Eedes.

Ten out of the 19 Ruther­glen winer­ies were suc­cess­ful in the show’s re­sults. Among the three tro­phy wins and 69 awards, high­lights in­cluded:

• Most Suc­cess­ful Ex­hibitor – Pfeif­fer Wines. • Best Caber­net Sauvi­gnon – Pfeif­fer Wines 2017 Caber­net Sauvi­gnon.

• Best For­ti­fied Wine – Stan­ton & Killeen Wines NV Clas­sic Ruther­glen Mus­cat. • Four x Top Gold class awards

• Eight x Gold class awards

• 27 x Sil­ver class awards

• 30 x Bronze class awards

The Wine­mak­ers of Ruther­glen – a col­lec­tive of 19 Ruther­glen winer­ies – won awards in 20 out of the show’s 33 classes, show­cas­ing the re­gion’s strengths in sin­gle va­ri­etal reds (Du­rif, Saper­avi, Mal­bec, Tem­pranillo) and for­ti­fieds (Mus­cat, Topaque).

Wine­mak­ers of Ruther­glen Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Natalie Ajay was thrilled with the re­sults and said they demon­strate the re­gion’s com­mit­ment to pro­duc­ing qual­ity wine for Aus­tralia and the world to en­joy.

“For a rel­a­tively small wine re­gion from Vic­to­ria’s north-east, Ruther­glen punches well above its weight when it comes wine suc­cesses,” she said.

“We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled with the recog­ni­tion that these awards bring, par­tic­u­larly in the ta­ble red and for­ti­fied cat­e­gories where the re­gion re­ally shines.

“Our wine­mak­ers are com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing qual­ity sparkling, white, red and for­ti­fied wines not only for lo­cal Vic­to­ri­ans to drink, but for Aus­tralia and the world to en­joy.”

It was the third con­sec­u­tive year Pfeif­fer Wines took out the tro­phy for Most Suc­cess­ful Ex­hibitor. Pfeif­fer Wines’ wine­maker, Jen Pfeif­fer said: “It is a ter­rific re­ward and recog­ni­tion for all the hard work put in by the en­tire team. I am par­tic­u­larly pleased with the suc­cess of our dry red ta­ble wines as, year-onyear, they prove to be ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories.”

Sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion win­ery, Stan­ton & Killeen, took out the show’s Best For­ti­fied Wine tro­phy. On the win, Stan­ton & Killeen Wines CEO, Wendy Killeen said: “Our most pop­u­lar Mus­cat has yet again re­ceived an honourable ac­co­lade, prov­ing it is one of the best Clas­sic Mus­cat styles in the state.”

Full 2018 Vic­to­rian Wines Show re­sults can be viewed here: vic­to­ri­an­wi­nesshow.com.au/ re­sults.

Ruther­glen’s wine re­gion has dom­i­nated the 2018 Vic­to­rian Wine Show, win­ning a to­tal of 72 awards.

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