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Chalk Hill On Top Of The World In McLaren Vale

By Friday 30 October 2020No Comments

Tom Harvey from Chalk Hill Wines and winemaker Renae Hirsch (pictured) have been crowned the 2020 Bushing Monarchs for their 2019 Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache.

The trophy presentation for the McLaren Vale Wine Show was live-streamed from Kay Brothers Winery today.

From more than 760 exhibits, the 2019 Alpha Crucis Grenache was the highest-scoring wine as judged by a panel of South Australian judges including Fiona Donald (Seppeltsfield), Kate Laurie (Deviation Road), Tim Dolan (Peter Lehmann Wine) and local judging talent from across McLaren Vale.

Given the complications of Covid-19 and the changed events environment, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association could not host the traditional 600-person Bushing Luncheon and instead encouraged the region’s renowned restaurants to host their own satellite lunches to live stream the trophy presentation.

Chair of judges David LeMire MW said, “The McLaren Vale Wine Show was a pleasure to judge. The region is strong on diverse styles and varieties, and few regions are as effective in both respecting traditional styles, and also adapting to new challenges and opportunities.

“Shiraz and Cabernet were as strong as ever, the resurgence of Grenache continues, whites from Fiano and emerging red varieties are flourishing, and rosé is impressive. I think we all felt grateful that the show could go ahead, as it is a sign of normality and an opportunity to come together as a wine community.

“We had a terrific line up of judges, led by the panel chairs Fi Donald, Kate Laurie and Tim Dolan.”

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch is thrilled the Best Wine in Show celebrates the region’s most notable variety.

“McLaren Vale Grenache has steadily gained a reputation for wines that are focused, fresh and respectful to site, it’s exciting the 2020 Bushing title has been awarded to a variety synonymous with our region,” says Ms Lynch.

“Congratulations to Chalk Hill Wines and winemaker Renee – after opening their new tasting room in early 2020 – this title is a thrilling way to cap off a huge year of exciting developments and success.”

Trophy winners…

Best Mediterranean White Wine
Serafino 2020 Bellissimo Fiano

Best One Year Old Grenache
Chalk Hill Wines 2019 Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache

Best One Year Old or Younger Shiraz
Shingleback 2019 Davey Estate Shiraz

Best McLaren Vale Rosé
Mazi 2020 Grenache Rosé

Best McLaren Vale White Wine
Serafino 2020 Bellissimo Fiano

Best Two Year Old Shiraz
Shingleback 2018 The Gate Shiraz

Best Two Year Old Grenache
Hedonist 2018 Grenache

Best Grenache Predominant Blend
Bondar Wines 2019 Junto Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Best Shiraz Predominant Blend
Shottesbrooke 2019 Engine Room Shiraz Tempranillo

Best Bordeaux Varietals and Blends
Serafino 2018 BDX Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Carmenere Merlot

Best ‘Classic Australian’ Blend
Shingleback 2018 The Gate Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Best Wine Label of Show
Silent Noise Wines 2020 FO Shiraz

Best Mediterranean Variety
Mitolo 2019 Cinquecento Sangiovese

Best Shiraz Three Years or Older
Shingleback 2017 Davey Estate Shiraz

Most Successful Exhibitor
Shingleback

Best Small Producer
Bondar Wines

Best Single Vineyard Wine Any Style (other than Shiraz)
Serafino 2020 Bellissimo Fiano

Best Single Vineyard Viticulturist
Paul Mathews

Best Single Vineyard Shiraz
Shingleback 2019 Davey Estate Shiraz

Best Grenache
Chalk Hill Wines 2019 Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache

Best Shiraz
Shingleback 2019 Davey Estate Shiraz

Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Serafino 2018 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Museum Wine
Wolf Blass Wines 2016 Grey Label Shiraz

Best Icon Wine
Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, 2013, 2010

Wine Storyteller’s Trophy
Alpha Box and Dice 2018 Dead Winemakers Society Muscat

Chairperson’s Trophy
Paxton 2019 Grenache

Bushing Monarch
Chalk Hill Wines 2019 Alpha Crucis Old Vine Grenache

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