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Heathcote Grenache Woos The Judges

By Monday 1 August 2022No Comments

Tellurian were the big winners at the 2022 Interpack Heathcote Wine Show, winning Best Red Wine (Rhone Style or Blend) with the Tellurian 2021 Grenache which went on to also win Best Other Wine, Best Single Vineyard Wine, Best Wine Made & Grown in Heathcote and Wine of the Show.

Farmer & The Scientist won its first ever trophy at a wine show with the 2021 Tempranillo taking out the Best Red Wine (Spanish/Italian).

Chalmers won Best White Wine with the 2021 Pecorino and the Chair’s Award with the 2019 Lambrusco.

Sanguine Estate won Best Museum Shiraz with the 2014 Inception Shiraz and the inaugural Heathcote Wine of Provenance with the 2021, 2018 and 2012 vintages of Progeny Shiraz.

The Heathcote Wine of Provenance (formerly known as Heathcote Grand Terroir) is now open to all red wines and rewards the best group of wine over a 10-vintage period.

In her final year as chair of judges, Gabrielle Poy said, “While Shiraz is still the heart of the region, excitement also lay in the swell of alternative red and white varieties.

“For the reds, Tempranillo, Nero d’Avola, Piedirosso and Nebbiolo were highlights.

“In the whites, Pecorino, Fiano and Vermentino were standouts.

“Entry numbers in these classes were up on previous years and the high medal hit rate reflects Heathcote’s ability and openness to newer varieties suited to the regional conditions.”

Heathcote Winegrowers Association president Ian Hopkins said, “The 2022 Interpack Heathcote Wine Show has once again demonstrated the quality, strength and diversity of the Heathcote region’s wine offering.

“The region’s signature variety Shiraz was well represented, making up more than 50 percent of the entries and more than half of those were awarded a medal by the judging panel while the strength and diversity of emerging varietals was well demonstrated by the Tellurian 2021 Grenache winning Wine of Show and the fact that 85 percent of the white wines entered were awarded a medal. We look forward to continuing to grow the show in future years.”

In her closing remarks as Chair of Judges Gabrielle Poy commented ‘The past three years as Chair of Judges has opened my eyes to the strength of Heathcote as a region and I think the next decade will shine a deserved spotlight on Heathcote from consumers, sommeliers and Australian retailers.’

The Heathcote Wine Show took place last week at Heathcote’s Barrack Reserve and RSL Hall.

After two days of judging more than 230 entries, the winners were announced at the celebration dinner on Saturday night.

CLASS TROPHIES

Best White Wine – Vinvicta Trophy
Chalmers 2021 Pecorino

Best Rose – Winechek Trophy
Heathcote Winery 2021 Grenache Rose

Best Young Shiraz (2019-2021) – High Voltage Trophy
Hanging Rock Winery Cambrian Rise Shiraz

Best Older Shiraz (2017-2018) – Heathcote Inn Trophy
Condie Estate 2018 ‘The Gwen’ Shiraz

Best Museum Shiraz (2016 and older) – Mitre 10 Trophy
Sanguine Estate 2014 Inception Shiraz

Best Red Wine (Spanish/Italian) – Chêne Australasia Trophy
Farmer & The Scientist 2021 Tempranillo

Best Red Wine (Rhone Style or Blend) – Nutrien Trophy
Tellurian 2021 Grenache

MAJOR TROPHIES

Chair’s Award – Sponsored by Champions Fresh
Chalmers 2019 Lambrusco

Steward’s Award – Sponsored by Melbourne Royal
Michael Catlow

Packing Room Prize – Golden Bung Hole Trophy
Condie Estate 2019 ‘The Gwen’ Shiraz

Best Other Wine – Sponsored by Midland Insurance
Tellurian 2021 Grenache

Best Shiraz – Sponsored by Connallys Real Estate
Hanging Rock Winery 2019 Cambrian Rise Shiraz

Best Single Vineyard Wine – Sponsored by MCC Label
Tellurian 2021 Grenache

Best Wine Made & Grown Heathcote – Sponsored by Heathcote & District Community Bank
Tellurian 2021 Grenache

Wine of the Show – Sponsored by Interpack
Tellurian 2021 Grenache

Heathcote Wine of Provenance
Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz – 2021, 2018, 2012

Photograph: MC Brian Nankervis with Daniel, Ian and Jane Hopkins from Tellurian with their trophy haul.

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