Lake Breeze Wines won Champion Wine of Show and Producer of the Year at the Multi-Color Langhorne Creek Wine Show, which returned this year after a year off because of Covid.
Lake Breeze 2019 Malbec was the highest scoring wine of the show and also won the New Holland Agriculture Champion Malbec trophy.
Lake Breeze also won the Cooperages 1912 Trophy for Best Blended Red Wine with their Arthur’s Reserve 2019.
The 2012 version of Arthur’s Reserve won the Brady & Co Trophy for Best Museum or Fortified Wine.
The show received 190 entries with a record 141 medals awarded.
Chair of judges Charlie Seppelt was joined by Kerri Thompson from KT Wines and wine writer Tony Love.
Charlie said, “With a couple of very strong vintages on display in 2018 and 2019, the mood was high, and the results were too. Diversity, grace and structure were at the top end this year.
“Some lovely whites and alternative reds were tasted and both modern and classical examples of what the creek does best were highly regarded and awarded.”
Charlie Seppelt said the champion wine – Lake Breeze’s first 100 percent Malbec – was a real highlight.
“And the quality of the entire Malbec class backed up the case that Langhorne Creek is the variety’s best-suited Australian home.”
Viticulturist Jenny Venus was presented with the annual Viticulturist of the Year award and was recognised for her contribution to the industry and the Langhorne Creek region.
The awards ceremony today saw 200 grapegrowers, winemakers, trade and winery staff gathered for lunch and a regional celebration of the end of the vintage at Lake Breeze’s newly-built event space.
Associate judges were Turon White and Tom Keelan.
Best Sparkling Wine, White Wine or Rosé
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Watkins 2020 Rosé Grenache
Best Blended Red Wine
Sponsored by Cooperages 1912
Lake Breeze 2019 Arthur’s Reserve
Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Sponsored by Orora Beverages – Stelvin Closures
Ben Potts 2019 Lenny’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Sponsored by Project Wine Pty Ltd
Ben Potts Wines 2019 Fiddle’s Block Shiraz
Sponsored by New Holland Agriculture
Lake Breeze 2019 Malbec
Best Red or White Wine Made from Alternative or Other Variety(s)
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Gipsie Jack 2019 Dolcetto
Best Museum or Fortified Wine
Sponsored by Brady & Co
Lake Breeze Wines 2012 Arthur’s Reserve
Best Wine from a Multi-Regional Blend
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Vinteloper 2019 Urban Winery Project #8 Shiraz Touriga
Champion Wine of the Show
Sponsored by Multi-Color Corporation
Lake Breeze 2019 Malbec
Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Belvidere Winery
Lake Breeze Wines
Viticulturist of the Year
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Photo: John Kruger.