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Bushing Win For Dandelion Duo

By Thursday 28 October 2021October 31st, 2021No Comments

Dandelion Vineyards winemaker Elena Brooks and Zar Brooks have been crowned the 2021 Bushing Monarchs for their 2020 Lion’s Tooth McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling.

From almost 800 exhibits, the 2020 Lion’s Tooth McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling was the highest scoring wine of the 2021 McLaren Vale Wine Show.

“It was a privilege to judge at the McLaren Vale Wine Show and witness the breadth of excellent wines representative of one of the most progressive regions in the country,” chair of judges Tony Love says.

“It was most encouraging to see the first ever separate Fiano class trophy awarded, indicative of the region’s celebration of the ‘new’.

“Nero d’Avola also is standing up as a variety to further embrace.

“Grenache continues to grow in stature.

“And it’s always a joy to see contemporary styles surfacing out of the more traditional Shiraz and Cabernet classes.”

Tony noted the focus towards evolving wine varieties and styles suited to the district, from Grenache to other Mediterranean reds and whites, was exciting.

He was also pleased to see the attention still given to traditional styles remained respectful and critical to the region’s reputation and economic wellbeing.

“To see such diversity and quality across all four days of the show judging suggests McLaren Vale is in a very good place in its winemaking journey,” says Tony.

“I hope we have been able to bring to the forefront the best wines of the year for all to enjoy, knowing they have managed to impress all the judges and rise to the trophy podium on their individual merits.”

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association general manager Jennifer Lynch is thrilled the Best Wine in Show celebrates the region’s most notable variety and awards a female winemaker for a second year in a row.

“Shiraz is our region’s most predominant grape variety and our region’s most historical – more than fifty percent of McLaren Vale is planted with Shiraz, and our oldest producing vines are Shiraz which date back to 1887 – suffice to say, we have a long-term love affair and reputation for producing exceptional Shiraz wines, globally,” she says.

“Congratulations to Dandelion Wines and winemaker Elena Brooks – in 2020, we celebrated Chalk Hill Wines and winemaker Renee Hirsh with her 2019 Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache.

“It is thrilling to witness the celebration of another of our region’s phenomenal female winemaking talent as the Best of Show for a second year in a row.”

The celebrations continue on Friday 29 October at the Bushing Picnic, held on the concert lawns at Serafino Wines.

Guests at the Picnic include the McLaren Vale grape, wine and tourism community, sponsors and VIPs, the Bushing Monarchs and trophy winners from the McLaren Vale Wine Show.

Judges included Kate Laurie (Deviation Road), Tim Dolan (Peter Lehmann Wines) and Natasha Mooney (The Wine Architect).

The winners were recognised in front of fellow winemaking peers and trophy winners, sponsors of the McLaren Vale Wine Show and invited guests.

Chef Todd Steele curated a menu with a regional focus, which was complemented by the trophy winning wines of the show.

See WBM’s Friday newsletter The Week That Was for further coverage.

FULL LIST OF TROPHY WINNERS…

Best Fiano
Sponsored by ANZ Banking Group Ltd
Haselgrove Wines 2021 Alternative Series Fiano

Best White Wine (other than Fiano)
Sponsored by McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association
Chapel Hill 2020 Gorge Block Chardonnay

Best One Year Old Grenache
Sponsored by McLaren Vintners Pty Ltd
Silent Noise 2021 MF Grenache

Best One Year Old or Younger Shiraz
Sponsored by Radoux
Chapel Hill 2020 The Parson Shiraz

Best McLaren Vale Rosé of Show
Sponsored by Hahn Corporation
Cru 2021 McLaren Vale Rose

Best McLaren Vale White Wine of Show
Sponsored by VAF Memstar
Haselgrove Wines 2021 Alternative Series Fiano

Best Two Year Old Shiraz
Sponsored by Doreau Australia
Red Knot Classified 2019 McLaren Vale Shiraz

Best Grenache Predominant Blend
Sponsored by Langley & Co Advisors
Cru 2020 McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Best Shiraz Predominant Blend
Sponsored by A.P. John Coopers
Dandelion Vineyards 2020 Lion’s Tooth McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling

Best Two Years and Older Grenache
Sponsored by Westpac Agribusiness
S.C. Pannell 2019 Old McDonald Grenache

Best Wine Label of Show
Sponsored by McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association
Samuel’s Gorge 2021 Pinata People Carignan Mourvedre

Best Mediterranean Red Variety
Sponsored by Barrel Finance and Logistics
Sherrah Wines 2021 Nero D’Avola

Best Shiraz Three Years or Older
Sponsored by Multi-Color Australia
Shingleback D Block 2018 Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz

Best Other Red and Blends
Sponsored by McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association
Big Easy Radio 2020 Funtime Fountain Sangiovese Montepulciano

Most Successful Exhibitor
Sponsored by Visy
Shingleback

Best Small Producer of Show
Sponsored by McLaren Vale Enterprises
Silent Noise 2021 MF Grenache

Best Single Vineyard Wine Any Style (other than Shiraz)
Sponsored by E.E. Muir & Sons – VinCru
Silent Noise 2021 MF Grenache

Best Single Vineyard Viticulturist (any style)
Sponsored by G & J East (Strathalbyn)
Laura and Ben Killick

Best Single Vineyard Shiraz of Show
Sponsored by Torresan Estate
Shingleback D Block 2018 Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz

Best Grenache of Show
Sponsored by Parallax
Silent Noise 2021 MF Grenache

Best Shiraz of Show
Sponsored by Lallemand
Shingleback D Block 2018 Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz

Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show
Sponsored by Orora
Serafino 2020 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Museum Wine of Show
Sponsored by Willunga Basin Water
Reynella 2016 Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Icon Wines of Show
Sponsored by Wineworks Australia
Angove Family Winemakers Medhyk Shiraz 2018, 2015, 2012

Wine Media Trophy
Sponsored by Vinpac International
Year Wines 2021 Noodle Juice

Chairperson’s Trophy
Sponsored by CCL Labels
Sherrah Wines 2021 Nero D’Avola

Bushing Monarch
Sponsored by MGA Insurance
Dandelion Vineyards 2020 Lion’s Tooth McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling

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