- Friday 17 November 2017
- Written by Admin
Heathcote wine region has taken top prize at this year’s Victorian Wine Show with the Burke and Wills 2015 Vat 1 shiraz being awarded the Premier’s Trophy
Burke and Wills received the award this week after the 2015 Vat 1 was selected as the region’s top wine at Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show in August where it won four trophies – Best Young Shiraz, Best Single Vineyard Wine, Best Heathcote Produced Wine and, ultimately, The Tonnellerie Saint Martin Trophy for Best Shiraz.
The Glenhope winery was established in 2004 by Andrew Pattison and his wife Heather McCormack, after Pattison had spent 18 years as a vigneron a few kilometres further south with his Lancefield Winery in the heart of The Macedon Ranges.
Judges in the Victorian Wine Show selected the Heathcote region wine over eight other winning wines from regional shows in 2017.
Success for Burke and Wills further strengthens the Heathcote wine region being described by Wine Australia as the new jewel in the crown for Victorian wine.
Meanwhile, Sanguine Estate’s 2012 Progeny Shiraz was awarded a trophy for the “Best Victorian Shiraz” plus a trophy for the “Best Shiraz over 5 years old” at the 2017 Saint Martin Great Australian Shiraz Challenge.
One of Australia’s most prestigious and valuable wine awards, this year’s event attracted 386 entries from 55 regions which ensured the judging panel, headed by Gary Baldwin, were provided with a diverse spread of high quality Shiraz.
The 23rd Great Australian Shiraz Challenge edition received 386 entries from the following states: SA: (41%), VIC: (31%), WA: (6%), NSW: (16%), ACT: (4%) and QLD (2%). The oldest vintage entered was 2003, the youngest, 2017.
A total of 281 medals were awarded including 7 Trophy’s, 44 Gold, 73 Silver and 164 Bronze medals; further highlighting the extremely high overall quality of entries with over 70% receiving an award.
Not only did Sanguine Estate receive two trophies in the competition but also received a silver medal for its 2014 Inception Shiraz and two bronze medals for its 2012 Estate Shiraz and 2016 Progeny Shiraz.