'I am George' wine big winner at 2018 Limestone Coast Wine Show

A record high medals awarded at the 18th annual show

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Limestone Coast Awards 2018 audience [©Limestone Coast Awards]

Limestone Coast Awards 2018 dinner.
Limestone Coast Wine Show Judge 2018 Sam Kim
Limestone Coast Wine Show Judge 2018 Samantha Connew
Limestone Coast Awards 2018 winners circle

 

‘I Am George’ – yes indeed! A wine honouring the spirit and legacy of Australian shiraz pioneer George Wyndham was the big winner at this year’s Limestone Coast Wine Show.

The 2016 George Wyndham ‘I Am George’ Shiraz Cabernet won the Bill Redman Trophy for Best Wine of Show at the sell-out presentation feast in Naracoorte, after earlier winning Best Blended Red and the David Wynn Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show. Viticulturist Tim McCarthy was awarded the highly coveted Arthur Hoffmann Trophy for ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’.

Chief judge, Samantha Connew, proclaimed ‘I Am George’ “a seductive wine”. “There was just another level of complexity in this blend which earned it the top gong – lots of juicy, primary, bright berry fruit but with some structure and tannin to give it complexity and length,” she said.

It was a triple trophy treat for D iGiorgio Family Wines after dominating the white classes. The 2017 Di Giorgio Family Wines Coonawarra Chardonnay won the Trophy for Best Chardonnay, and collected the Colin Kidd Trophy for Best White of Show. Judge Julian Langworthy praised the wine’s poise and complexity: “There’s great white wines in the Limestone Coast and this is a really complex and exciting wine to come from Coonawarra,” he said. Meanwhile, the 2018 Di Giorgio Family Wines Kongorong Riesling won the Karl Seppelt Trophy for Best White (excluding Chardonnay).

Leconfield Wines took home two trophies for the second year in a row; the NV Leconfield Syn Rouge won Best Sparkling Wine and the 2018 Leconfield Coonawarra Rose claimed Best Rose. St Hugo also had a double haul, with the 2015 St Hugo Vetus Purum Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon named Best Individual Vineyard Wine, and the 2010 vintage of the same wine winning the Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for Best Museum Wine.

The highly anticipated Provenance Trophies, which provide a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine, went to Raidis Estate’s ‘The Kid’ Riesling (2018, 2010, 2008) and a trio of Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon (2015, 2010, 2005). The 2015 Jacaranda Ridge Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon won the H.R. (Ron) Haselgrove Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon, with cabernet also capturing the attention of New Zealand judge, Sam Kim, who gave the International Judges’ Award to the 2016 Black Wattle Vineyards Mt Benson Cabernet Sauvignon. “It had that amazing fruit purity and intensity without being overblown,” he said. “Beautifully composed, seamless with terrific length – the complete package for me.”

The Chief of Judges Wine to Watch was the 2017 Norfolk Rise Estate Shiraz, with Samantha Connew dubbing it “a really modern interpretation of Australian Shiraz with beautiful slurpy fruit. ”Rounding out the trophy winners, the 2016 Petaluma Merlot won the Peter Wehl Trophy for Best Merlot, the 2016 Berrigan Shiraz won the Eric Brand Trophy for Best Shiraz, the 2018 Bellwether Ant Series Wrattonbully Barbera won the Small Batch and Experimental Wines Award, and the 2018 Penley Estate Spring Release Cab Franc was the Best Alternative Red Variety.

A record-high338 medals were awarded at the18th annual show, including 43 Gold, 110 Silver and 185 Bronze. Orlando Wines was named most successful exhibitor

2018 Trophy Winners:

Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine, sponsored by Landmark
NV Leconfield Syn Rouge

Trophy for Best Rosé sponsored by Blue H2O Filtration
2018 Leconfield Coonawarra Rosé

White Wine of Provenance Trophy
, sponsored by Della Toffola
Raidis Estate 'The Kid' Riesling 2018, 2010, 2008

Red Wine of Provenance Trophy, sponsored by Torresan Estate Wine Bottlers
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, 2010, 2005

Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for Best Museum Wine, sponsored by Hahn Corporation
2010 St Hugo Vetus Purum Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

International Judges' Award, sponsored by Seguin Moreau
2016 Black Wattle Vineyards Mt Benson Cabernet Sauvignon

Small Batch and Experimental Wines Award, sponsored by EE Muir and Sons
2018 Bellwether Ant Series Wrattonbully Barbera

Chief of Judges Wine To Watch sponsored by Lawrences Irrigation
2017 Norfolk Rise Estate Shiraz

Most Successful Exhibitor, sponsored by Kauri
Orlando Wines

Karl Seppelt Trophy for Best White Wine
(excluding Chardonnay), sponsored by Multi-Color
2018 DiGiorgio Family Wines Kongorong Riesling

Trophy for Best Chardonnay,
sponsored by VA Filtration
2017 DiGiorgio Family Wines Coonawarra Chardonnay

Trophy for Best Alternative Red Variety (other than SHZ, MER, CS), sponsored by Eura Carla
2018 Penley Estate Spring Release Cab Franc

Peter Wehl Trophy for Best Merlot sponsored by Classic Oak Products
2016 Petaluma Merlot

Trophy for Best Blended Red, sponsored by Padthaway Wine Region
2016 George Wyndham 'I Am George' Shiraz Cabernet

Eric Brand Trophy for Best Shiraz, sponsored by Lallemand
2016 Berrigan Shiraz

HR (Ron) Haselgrove Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon, sponsored by Wrattonbully Wine Region
2015 Jacaranda Ridge Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Trophy for Best Individual Vineyard Wine, sponsored by Must Apartments
2015 St Hugo Vetus Purum Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Colin Kidd Trophy for Best White Wine of Show sponsored by Limestone Coast Local Government Association
2017 DiGiorgio Family Wines Coonawarra Chardonnay

David Wynn Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show, sponsored by Cooperages 1912
2016 George Wyndham 'I Am George' Shiraz Cabernet

Bill Redman Trophy for Best Wine of Show, sponsored by CCL Label
2016 George Wyndham 'I Am George' Shiraz Cabernet

Arthur Hoffmann Trophy for Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show, sponsored by Vinpac International
Tim McCarthy - George Wyndham


 

 

 

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