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Bird In Hand Is Worth Three In The Trophy Cabinet

By Thursday 17 December 2020April 12th, 2021No Comments

Bird in Hand 2018 Syrah was awarded three trophies at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show today – Best Shiraz, Best Red Wine and the Best Wine of Show.

While the 2018 Shiraz class was one of the highlights of the show, chair of judges Toby Barlow says it was equally important to recognise the quality and resilience of the region’s people who have shown “incredible engagement and community support”.

“The effort needed to survive such a year, from the fires followed by all the Covid-19 challenges that impacted the wine industry, including even organising a wine show under severe restrictions, has been extraordinary,” Mr Barlow says.

“I am not sure you can ask for much more in a wine community across any year, let alone 2020.”

“The best wines showed a variety of styles at the same benchmark quality level.

“There is no doubt that, while stylistically different, the top Adelaide Hills wines stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of Australian Shiraz.

“This rise in the variety’s prominence is pretty exciting for South Australia as a whole, given the Adelaide Hills region connects the two traditional Shiraz heartlands of McLaren Vale and Barossa.”

Other classes of wine to excel in terms of overall quality and medal tallies were the sparklings, Gruner Veltliner and Chardonnay. Penfolds 2017 Cellar Reserve Chardonnay took out the varietal trophy as well as best white wine. Shaw + Smith won two trophies for their M3 Chardonnay, in the best museum class and wine of Wine of Provenance award.

“We always look forward to Adelaide Hills Chardonnay classes at the show and it didn’t disappoint,” Mr Barlow says.

Other varietal white and red classes also prompted a lot of excitement from the judges, with a new category for Italian red varieties included for the first time to meet the growth in those styles out of the Hills.

Mr Barlow says he expected the popularity and suitability of these wines to continue to grow in line with consumer preferences and climate change suitability in the Hills region.

“The versatility the Adelaide Hills wine region to produce high quality wines across a number of varieties should not be altogether surprising when you look at the breadth of the region from a viticultural perspective,” he says.

“However, it’s more than just the landscape and conditions. It’s the pioneering, courageous and resilient people who have made it such an exciting region for many fine wines and innovative styles.”

Adelaide Hills Wine Region executive officer Fiona LeSage also paid tribute to the courage and tenacity of the region’s growers, winemakers and show organisers.

“Given everything that had been thrown at us in the past year, we showed our true colours in not just the exceptional wines but also the extraordinary resilience and wine community spirit to make this event happen,” Ms LeSage says.

“With all of the challenges presented this year – postponement, format adaption, ensuring everyone’s health and safety – off the back of an already difficult year for the region and its wine industry, this was a great feat.”

The communities most affected by the fire included Cudlee Creek, Lobethal, Woodside, Birdwood, Inverbrackie, Harrogate, Brukunga, Charleston, Kenton Valley, Mount Torrens and Lenswood.

Hundreds of primary producers and business were impacted with significant losses and damage to vineyards, horticulture, farms and stock. At least 74 homes were destroyed along with more than 400 outbuildings and 225 vehicles.

About 1,100 hectares of vineyard belonging to more than 60 growers were within or bordering the fire impact zone, accounting for almost 30 percent of the entire Adelaide Hills plantings.

All cellar doors in the region remain open for business with no significant damage to main visitor venues.


Best Sparkling

Top Note 2016 The High C Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Best Riesling

Mount Loft Ranges Vineyard 2020 Home Block Riesling

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Wicks Estate 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

Best Chardonnay

Penfolds 2017 Cellar Reserve Chardonnay

Best Pinot Gris/Grigio

Grant Burge 2020 5th Generation Pinot Gris

Best Gruner Veltliner

New Era Vineyards 2020 Gruner Veltliner

Best Other White

Bird in Hand 2020 Arneis

Best Rose

Longview ‘Juno’ Rosato 2020 Nebbiolo

Best Pinot Noir

Shaw + Smith 2019 Pinot Noir

Best Shiraz

Bird in Hand 2018 Syrah

Best Cabernet or Bordeaux Blend

Anvers Wines 2018 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Red Other

K1 Wines 2019 Tempranillo

Best Sweet Wine

Honey Moon Vineyard 2019 EBVR Tinta Rorizm Touriga Nacional

Best Museum Wine

Shaw + Smith 2013 M3 Chardonnay

Wine of Provenance

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

Avant Garde Award

Brackenwood Vineyard 2018 Skin Contact Chardonnay

Best Single Vineyard

Top Note 2016 The High C Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Best Producer < 100 Tonnes

Mudoch Hill

Best Producer > 100 tonnes

Shaw + Smith

Best White Wine

Penfolds 2017 Cellar Reserve Chardonnay

Best Red Wine

Bird in Hand 2018 Syrah

Best Wine of Show

Bird in Hand 2018 Syrah


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