Media Release for 2011
A Shiraz Cabernet using grapes sourced from Robe and Mount Benson was the stand-out entry in the 2011 Limestone Coast Wine Show, collecting four trophies at tonight’s awards presentation dinner held just out of Mount Gambier at the Barn Palais. The 2009 Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz Cabernet won the Bill Redman Trophy for Best Wine of Show, with viticulturalist Angela Pomery collecting the Arthur Hoffman Trophy for Viticulturalist of Best Wine of Show. The wine also won the David Wynn Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show and the trophy for Best Blended Red / Other Single Red Variety, with chairman of judges Huon Hooke praising its “great spicy and dark fruit aromas and character.”
“It was a rich, full-bodied, nicely balanced wine – nothing out of place and very harmonious in the mouth,” he said.
Pepper Tree Wines also put in an exceptional performance. The 2009 'Elderslee Road' Reserve Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon won the Best Individual Vineyard Trophy, and the company also won the trophy for the Best Shiraz with its 2009 'The Gravels' Reserve Wrattonbully Shiraz Viognier.
Coonawarra’s family-owned Blok Estate collected a Riesling double; the 2009 Blok Estate Riesling claimed the Colin Kidd Trophy for Best White Wine of Show, and the Karl Seppelt Trophy for Best White Wine (excluding Chardonnay).
“What we liked about this wine was that it was still fresh and restrained, with floral and citrus aromas and a clean, long finish,” said Mr Hooke.
In keeping with tradition, Cabernet Sauvignon also impressed the judges. The 2009 Brand's Laira Coonawarra The Patron Cabernet Sauvignon won the H.R. (Ron) Haselgrove Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show, and the 2004 Jacob's Creek St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon won the Ewen Fergusson McBain
Trophy for Best Museum Wine. Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s 2009 Glengyle Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was the top pick of guest UK Judge Quentin Johnson, collecting the International Judge’s Award.
“It’s based on gut feeling, it’s based on instinct, and it’s not particularly surprising that it’s Cabernet. I think it’s a wine that you could put in front of any seasoned Bordeaux drinker and they would adore,” said Mr Johnson.
Organisers have declared this year’s show the most successful in its 11 year history, with a record 38 gold medals awarded.
“Out of the 426 entries overall, 261 won medals which is a really high strike rate and just fantastic,” said committee member Greg Foster.
Jacob's Creek Wines was named Most Successful Exhibitor. The winery entered a total of nine wines and collected three gold medals, three silver and one bronze.