Judging began for the local Canberra show on Monday the 19th with results being announced on Friday 23rd September. There was a number of local (including our very own, Kate) and interstate judges, led by this year’s chairman of judges, Sebastian Crowther the head sommelier of the Rockpool Group.
Mr Crowther said while Canberra's signature varietals, shiraz and riesling, still shone at the judging, there had been a lift in the quality of other varietals such as chardonnay and pinot noir.
"I think one of the most exciting classes at the show is the alternative red varieties, these are like not the mainstream grape – your gamays, grenache, tempranillo. It's a catch-all category that has all these really delicious, really interesting stylistic wines in them which are very exciting."
We are particularly thrilled with the performance of our alternative varieties, tempranillo, graciano, and touriga, all of which scored silver or gold medals, while our Tempranillo landed the Trophy for Best Other Red!
With chardonnay, shiraz and our noble pinot gris also scoring gold medals, there are plenty of reasons to come and try the wines the judges loved so much! Aside from the 2015 shiraz, all of the wines listed below are currently available for tasting and sale at the cellar door, or if you can't make it to us, you can always find them in our online store. Don't forget, all online orders are freight free and there's no minimum order quantity.
Gold & Best Other Red Trophy – 2015 Tempranillo
Gold – 2015 TSG
Gold - 2015 Shiraz currently looking to be released later in the year, 2014 available
Gold – 2015 Chardonnay
Gold – 2015 Noble Pinot Gris
Silver - 2015 Graciano, 2015 Touriga, 2015 Little Dam Tempranillo & 2015 Dry Spur Tempranillo single sites Tempranillo's will be released on the 8th of October