Media Release for 2014
One Seven One is number one…again!
For the second year in a row, Brand’s Laira’s Coonawarra One Seven One Cabernet Sauvignon has been named the top wine at the Limestone Coast Wine Show. The 2012 release collected four trophies at last night’s presentation feast inside Coonawarra’s Katnook Woolshed, including the David Wynn Trophy for ‘Best Red Wine of Show’ and the HR (Ron) Haselgrove O.B.E. Trophy for ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon’. Named after the Brand’s Laira low-yielding Block One vineyard that was planted in 1971, the prized drop, which is only produced when the quality of the fruit is exceptional, went on to claim the Bill Redman Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’. The accolades earned viticulturist Trent Brand his second consecutive highly coveted Arthur Hoffman Trophy for ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’.
Chairman of judges, Andrew Wigan, praised the 2012 Brand’s Laira Coonawarra One Seven One Cabernet Sauvignon’s incredible style, saying it “did a demolition job on every other wine in the show”.
“It is a wonderful wine and a wine that was selected unanimously by the two associates and three judges on the panel; they all gave it a gold medal,” he said. “It is beautifully balanced between clever oak handling and the intensity of Cabernet – it’s just a beautifully stylish, fruit-driven Cabernet from a great vintage which really shows the strength of this region.”
Wrattonbully’s Malone Family also won back-to-back trophies in the museum class. The 2006 Malone Shiraz won the Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for ‘Best Museum Wine’, building on the success of the 2006 Malone Cabernet Sauvignon which commanded the judges’ attention in 2013.
”It just has beautiful perfume and substance and is a wonderfully crafted shiraz that shows another style coming from this area, and it’s a wine that has richness and texture and should have a very long life ahead of it - it’s just starting out in its career as a wonderful wine,” said Mr Wigan.
The Wrattonbully wine region also laid claim to the ‘Best Sparkling or Sweet Wine’ Trophy, which went to the 2012 Yalumba FSW8B Wrattonbully Botrytis Viognier, and the ‘Best Other Single Red Variety’ Trophy, which was won by the 2012 Pepper Tree Wines ’14 Shores’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Merlot. Pepper Tree Wines, whose Limestone Coast vineyards are managed by Balnaves of Coonawarra, was also named ‘Most Successful Exhibitor’ at the show.
Meanwhile, DiGiorgio Family Wines secured a double trophy haul – the 2014 DiGiorgio Family Wines Kongorong Riesling won the Colin Kidd Trophy for ‘Best White Wine of Show’ and the Karl Seppelt Trophy for ‘Best White Wine (excluding Chardonnay)’. Judges described it as superb wine highlighting another exciting corner of the Limestone Coast.
“This Riesling showed a lot of typical citrus characters and a great line and length of purity with that lovely steely dry finish which is what we look for when we are judging Riesling, Mr Wigan said. “The fruit flavours from the vineyard south-west of Mount Gambier have been captured beautifully.” Balnaves of Coonawarra added another ‘Best Chardonnay’ Trophy to its collection courtesy of its 2013 Balnaves Chardonnay, while Wynns Coonawarra Estate won the ‘Best Individual Vineyard Wine’ Trophy for the 2010 Wynns Coonawarra Estate ‘Alex 88’ Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 Wolf Blass White Label Shiraz Cabernet won the ‘Best Blended Red’ trophy, and 2012 Cape Jaffa Epic Drop was named the ‘Best Shiraz’, with judges praising its “great depth of colour and flavour, and very softly rounded middle palate”.
The International Judges’ Award went to the 2010 Majella Sparkling Shiraz by Coonawarra’s Majella Wines after impressing guest judge Fongyee Walker from Beijing.
“They’re all pretty amazing wines, but my pick is something that I could put in front of 95 per cent of people that I meet and they will love it,” she said. “It’s a great tasting sparkling shiraz and I think it’s a really iconic Australian style of wine.”
No trophy was awarded in the ‘Small Batch’ class, however the 2012 Wangolina Spectrum Syrah won a commendation.
A total of 418 entries were received from 86 exhibitors for the 2014 Limestone Coast Wine Show, and 43 gold medals, 58 silver and 146 bronze medals were awarded.
“Fifty-nine per cent of all wines that were entered won a medal, and that’s an incredibly high number that speaks volumes for the quality of wines that are coming out of the region,” said Mr Wigan. “And the fact that this year’s winners were spread right around the Limestone Coast gives a lot of credibility to the Limestone Coast as a region; the great wines aren’t just coming from the traditional areas - they are coming from the newer areas as well, and I think that’s really exciting.”