HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW RESULTS


The 1999 St George Hunter Valley Wine Show

Shiraz and Semillon were the best performers at Hunter Valley Wine Show
The champions at this year's St George Bank Hunter Valley Wine Show was a 1998 Shiraz from Rothbury Wine Society and a 1994 Semillon from McWilliam's Mount Pleasant. The Doug Seabrook Memorial trophy for best dry red wine of the show went to a 1998 Black Label Shiraz from the Rothbury Wine Society. The McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Winery with their 1994 Elizabeth Semillon won the Petrie-Drinan Trophy for best dry white wine went.

Six of the 20 trophies on offer were won by McWilliam's making them the best performer for the year once again led the winners at the show, taking out. won trophies for best vintage dry red, best premium vintage sparkling, museum vintage dry white, current dry white and best 100% dry white, in addition to the trophy for best dry white of the show.

A major change in how Lindemans changes to its wine production process in the Hunter Valley has earned the company its first significant award. The 1998 Lindemans Hunter Valley Semillon was awarded the Ed Jouault Memorial Trophy for the best 1998 Hunter Valley White Wine. Lindemans' Hunter Valley winemaker, Patrick Auld, was thrilled with the result. “All this hard work has paid off with these winning wines of the show” was his comment on hearing the news. He added 'We undertook dramatic changes in 1998 to improve every aspect of making wine in the Hunter Valley. The results of these improvements are already being seen. For our Semillon we set out to pick only the best grapes we could find. We have strong relationships with our growers and they understand our new requirements. They implemented tough, high standards in viticulture for us and we commend them.

Patrick Auld said the winemaking team also undertook a new way to make the wine. 'We whole-bunch pressed about 15% of the grapes, which is quite rare for making Semillon in the Hunter. This made the wine softer and a whole lot friendlier, which is essential for Hunter Valley Semillon in its youth. So many people criticise Hunter Valley Semillons when they're youngsters and we wanted to tackle this problem head on. Everyone knows how great the 1998 vintage was for Semillon in the Hunter and I couldn't think of a better reward.' The news came at a perfect time for Patrick, on the eve of the opening of Lindemans Ben Ean refurbishment. Established in 1912, Ben Ean is credited as the winery that laid the foundation for the global success of Lindemans. At a cost of $3 million, the Ben Ean refurbishment is yet another indication that Lindemans is serious about the Hunter Valley. Lindemans 1998 Hunter Valley Semillon is currently on sale with an approximate retail price of $17.

The Hunter Valley Wine Show attracted a record 860 entries from 98 exhibitors which were judged by 10 of Australia's leading wine connoisseurs including Len Evans, James Halliday, Chris Hatcher (Mildara Blass Wines, Geoff Merrill (Mt Hurtle Wines) and James Godfrey (Seppelts).
Chairman of judges, the late, Len Evans, who has been involved with the show for the past six years, noted the outstanding number of entrants in this year's show. 'The outstanding 1998 Shiraz wines proved to be the best of the show,' he said. 'They are an outstanding vintage, the best since maybe 1965 or even 1959. Truly wonderful wines, and a great boost to the profile of Hunter Valley Shiraz.'
As well as the 20 trophies, 46 gold, 70 silver and 188 bronze medals were awarded across the 37 classes.

1999 Hunter Valley Wine Show trophy winners


Current Vintage Dry White Wine Classic
1999 Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon
1998 Vintage Dry Red Wine 1998 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant O'Shea Shiraz
1998 Dry White Wine 1998 Lindemans Hunter Valley Semillon
Premium Vintage Dry Red Wine 1997 Briar Ridge Reserve Shiraz
Premium Vintage Dry White Wine 1993 W Drayton & Sons Hunter Valley Semillon
Museum Vintage Dry Red Wine 1991 Petersons Shiraz
Museum Vintage Dry White Wine 1987 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon
Dry Red Wine Currently Available 1997 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz
Dry White Wine Currently Available 1994 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon
Best Named Vineyard Wine 1998 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz
Best 100% Hunter Valley Dry Red Wine 1998 Rothbury Wine Society Black Label Shiraz
Best 100% Hunter Valley Dry White Wine 1994 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon
Best Dry White Wine of the Show 1994 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon
Best Dry Red Wine of the Show 1998 Rothbury Wine Society Black Label Shiraz

The 1998 St George Hunter Valley Wine Show

The two best wines of the Hunter Region, the Shiraz and the Semillon, have provided the outstanding entrants at this year's St George Bank Hunter Valley Wine Show.

In a strong representation of local entries, McWilliam's Winery dominated the show, taking out 30% of the 17 trophies.

This winery won trophies for premium vintage fortified wine, best dry white wine currently available, best 100% Hunter Valley dry white wine, best dry wine of the show and the best current vintage.

Other wineries to be awarded trophies include Tyrrell's, Rothbury Estate, Rosemount and Tulloch's. Two family-based wineries -- Chateau Francois and Lowe Family -- also picked up trophies.

Winner of the Doug Seabrook Memorial trophy for best dry red wine of the show went to Rothbury Estate for its 1996 Brokenback Shiraz and winner of the Petrie-Drinan Trophy for best dry white wine of the show went to McWilliam's Mt Pleasant Winery for its 1986 Lovedale Semillon.
The show attracted 700 entries which were judged in a total of 17 categories by a distinguished panel of Australian wine judges, including Len Evans OBE, Iain Riggs of Brokenwood Wines and Neil McGuigan of Briar Ridge Wines.

The chairman of judges, Mr Evans, who has been involved with the show for the past five years, commented that the entries were of an extremely high standard this year and it had been a gruelling judging process. 'The '98 Semillons were outstanding and the Semillon classes generally provided a very good example of young and matured wines. It was incredibly difficult to choose the ultimate winners', he said.

'The show once again was dominated by the Semillon and Shiraz for which the Hunter is deservedly renowned, both nationally and overseas.'
As well as 17 trophies, 35 gold, 75 silver and 203 bronze medals were also awarded to outstanding entries across the 38 classes.

The Winners of the 1998 Hunter Valley Wine Show


Current Vintage Semillon Lowe Family Wine Co. 1998 Semillon
Current Vintage Chardonnay McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Winery 1998 MP Chardonnay
Best Current Vintage Dry White Wine Lowe Family Wine Co. 1998 Semillon
1997 Vintage Dry Red Wine JY Tulloch and Sons 1997 Hector of Glen Elgin Shiraz
1997 Dry White Wine Tyrrell's Vineyards 1997 Vat 47 Chardonnay
Premium Vintage Dry Red Wine Rothbury Estate 1996 Black Label Shiraz
Premium Vintage Dry White Wine Rosemount Estate 1996 Semillon
Premium Vintage Fortified Wine McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Winery Madeira
Museum Vintage Dry Red Wine Chateau Francois 1981 Shiraz
Museum Vintage Dry White Wine Tyrrell's Vineyards 1987 Vat 1 Semillon
Dry Red Wine Currently Available Rothbury Estate 1996 Brokenback Shiraz
Dry White Wine Currently Available McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Winery 1993 Elizabeth Semillon
Best Named Vineyard Wine Tyrrell's Vineyards 1995 HVD Semillon
Best 100% Hunter Valley Dry Red Wine Rothbury Estate 1996 Brokenback Shiraz
Best 100% Hunter Valley Dry White Wine McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Winery 1986 Lovedale Semillon
Best Dry White Wine of the Show McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Winery 1986 Lovedale Semillon
Best Dry Red Wine of the Show Rothbury Estate 1996 Brokenback Shiraz

The 1997 St George Hunter Valley Wine Show

McWilliam's Wines has scored a resounding success at the 1997 Hunter Valley Wine Show with its Mount Pleasant winery winning four trophies, six gold medals, 11 silver medals and 14 bronze medals. The trophy winners were:

o 1986 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon - Len Evans Trophy for best vineyard wine
o 1986 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon - Tyrrell Family Trophy for best 100% Hunter Valley Dry White
o 1986 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon - Petrie-Drinan Trophy for Best Dry White Wine at the show
o Mount Pleasant Madeira - the Hunter Valley Wine Show Committee Trophy for best premium vintage fortified wine

'We were particularly pleased to win the inaugural Len Evans Trophy as this was contested by the best of the red and white wines from the Hunter,' says Phil Ryan, chief winemaker at Mount Pleasant. 'The Hunter Valley results mean that on the Australian show circuit, the 1986 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon has won one championship, six trophies, 13 gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals.

'Its predecessor, the 1984 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon, has won 16 trophies, 21 gold medals, five silver medals and four bronze medals.'
Other Semillons from Mount Pleasant to win gold medals at the Hunter Wine Show were the 1987 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth, the 1989 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth and the 1992 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth.

The Winners of the 1997 Hunter Valley Wine Show


Current Vintage Semillon Margan Family Winegrowers 1997 Semillon, Unoaked
Current Vintage Chardonnay Lowe Family Wine Co. 1997 Chardonnay
Best Current Vintage Dry White Wine Margan Family Winegrowers 1997 Semillon, Unoaked
1996 Vintage Dry Red Wine Calais Estate 1996 Shiraz
1996 Dry White Wine Tyrrell's Vineyards 1996 Chardonnay
Premium Vintage Dry Red Wine Lindemans Wines 1995 Shiraz
Premium Vintage Dry White Wine Tyrrell's Vineyards 1991 Semillon
Premium Vintage Fortified Wine Briar Ridge Vineyard Madeira
Museum Vintage Dry White Wine Terrace Vale Wines 1989 Bin 2 Chardonnay
Dry Red Wine Currently Available Thalgara Estate 1995 Show Reserve Shiraz
Dry White Wine Currently Available Tyrrell's Vineyard 1993 Vat 1 Semillon
Best Named Vineyard Wine McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Winery 1986 Lovedale Semillon
Best 100% Hunter Valley Dry Red Wine Brokenwood Wines 1996 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz
Best 100% Hunter Valley Dry White Wine McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Winery 1986 Lovedale Semillon
Premium Vintage Sweet White wine Briar Ridge Vineyard 1996 Botrytis Semillon
Best Dry Red Wine of the Show Rothbury Estate 1995 Show Reserve Shiraz

1996 Hunter Valley Wine Show

A record 600 entries were received for this year's Hunter Valley Wine Show, evidence of the constant growth of the Hunter Valley wine industry Other factors recognised were the larger vintage in 1996 and the additional winemaking operations established in the region over the last 12 months. Wines were judged in 45 classes and this year a new class was added - a 100% Hunter Valley Individual Vineyard wine in Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

The Hunter Valley was first recognised for its perfect winemaking conditions in the 1820s. Grapes were planted along the banks of the Hunter and Patterson Rivers, producing some of Australia's finest wines. The Hunter Valley region stretches from Cessnock in the south to Scone in the north, the boundaries for the Wine Show. Soil types vary considerably throughout the region, creating the diversity that the Hunter is well-known for. There are three basic soils, sandy loams, volcanic red and black alluvial, with a different grape variety planted on each. The first show was held in 1972 and attracted a mere 70 entries. St George Bank has sponsored the Hunter Valley Wine Show since 1992.

Winners for the show

Awards were shared by many of the Hunter's long-standing wine producers. Best White Wine of the Show was won by Tyrrell's Vineyards with their 1990 Vat 1 Semillon and Best Red Wine of the Show was won by W Drayton & Sons with their 1991 Shiraz. Forty-one gold medals were awarded to wines across the 45 classes, judged by a panel of national show judges led by Australia's premier show judge Len Evans OBE. The traditional Hunter Semillon and Shiraz wines dominated the trophy awards. The top awards also included wines from McWilliam's Mt Pleasant Winery and the smaller regional producers Marsh Estate and Reynolds Yarraman Winery.

Tyrrell's

Tyrrell's, one of the Valley's oldest and most respected wine companies, dominated the trophy and medal count in a performance which it described as its finest on record. The 138-year-old Pokolbin winery claimed four trophies and 13 gold, nine silver and 11 bronze medals at the judging, to easily claim the unofficial title of best-performed wine company in the competition. Two other vintages of the Vat 1 Semillon, 1986 and 1991, won gold medals. The 1995 vintage release of Tyrrell's Vat 47 Pinot Chardonnay was another trophy winner, for best 1995 dry white wine, and the 1996 Moon Mountain Chardonnay collected a trophy in the current vintage dry white wine class. Managing Director Bruce Tyrrell paid tribute to the winemaking team, under the captaincy of Andrew Spinaze. 'Their talented handling of premium fruit from a number of our own vineyards and from growers with whom we have long-term contracts has allowed us to achieve an 87% strike rate at this show, by far our best ever result.' A number of the trophy and gold medal-winning wines are on current release: 1996 Lost Block Semillon ($18), 1995 Vat 47 Pinot Chardonnay ($33), 1990 Vat 1 Semillon ($33), 1986 Vat 1 Semillon ($70), 1994 Stevens Shiraz ($18) and magnums of 1995 Old Vines Chardonnay ($100). Other top-rated wines will be progressively released from later this year through to the year 2000.

Wandin Valley Estate

Wandin Valley Estate, a boutique state of the art winery, was a winner at the Hunter Valley Wine Show. The 1996 Reserve Chardonnay won gold, up against opver 60 competitors, missing out on the Current Vintage Dry White trophy. Wandin Valley winemaker Geoff Broadfield was exited with the result. 'It is a terrific win for us. We crush over 100 tonnes a year and we were up against wineries that do more than 4,000 tonnes. It is a real victory for the boutique vineyards and wineries. Our persistence in producing excellent wines is being reflected in these results. To be up there with a company like Tyrrell's (who won the trophy) is an honour.' Wandin Valley Estate also won gold for its 1995 Pavilion Red (a blend of Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot and Ruby Cabernet) named after the cricket pavilion and reception centre built at the vineyard. The wine is now available at the cellar door.

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