29/09/2016 | By David Newberry |
The inaugural Hilltops Wine Show was concluded on Saturday 24th September at the Town Hall in Young, NSW, where a large number of locals, winemakers, vignerons and wine industry leaders were witness to the exciting results. Arguably the most excited were Jason and Alesia Brown when it was announced that their Moppity Vineyards 2015 Estate Shiraz was awarded the title of Wine of Show and had won the Peter Robertson Trophy for the ‘Hilltops Wine of the Year’*.
In all, 69 wines were entered into the first ever Hilltops Wine Show, divided into 11 different classes. The Shiraz class, which supplied the main winner, also attracted the most entrants – 30 in total – and was hotly contested, with the judges describing it as “a very strong class with an impressive 80% medal strike rate”.
The Cabernet Sauvignon class was also very solid, being described by the judges as “a highlight of the Hilltops Wine Show” and produced the show’s top runner-up, the McWilliam’s Wines 2014 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, that took home the Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hilltops Vineyards Association President, Peter Creyke said, “It seems fitting that in the Hilltops Wine Show’s first year the top awards went to a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon as these reds have historically excelled in the granite based soils of the Hilltops region and done well in other wine shows in the past. It is great to now be able to recognise, promote and celebrate them in our own show.”
Three other awards were presented at the weekend. Freeman Vineyards won the award for the Best White Wine category, Grove Estate won the Best Italian Varietal Wine category and Moppity Vineyards won the Best Other Red/Mature Red category. These latter two categories were claimed by a Nebbiolo and Tempranillo respectively. Two varietals that the judges said “created plenty of excited discussion” and are varietals to look out for in the Hilltops in the future.
Peter Creyke commented, “We are really excited by the success of this inaugural Wine Show and grateful to the Riverina Winemakers Association for their support in our first year and conducting the judging in conjunction with the Riverina Wine Show.
Whilst most of the wines entered were from local Hilltops wine producers, we were also delighted to receive entries from 9 wineries outside the region, who purchase our grapes to make a Hilltops wine. We hope to see many more participate in the years to come.
We are still an emerging wine region but both the quality and variety of wines from the Hilltops region continue to grow. This diversity was on show at the Public Tasting we hosted at the weekend. Patrons were not only impressed by the wines available but delighted with the quality presentation, fabulous food and enjoyable music.”
*The Peter Robertson Trophy was named to honour the memory of Peter who pioneered viticulture in the Hilltops area when he planted his first vines at Barwang in 1969.
The Hilltops wine region (GI) surrounds the towns of Boorowa, Harden and Young NSW. See www.hilltops.com.au for further information.
Alex Burgener Palate PR E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 0404 900 961
Stuart McGrath-Kerr Riverina Winemakers Association P: 02 6964 3504
Peter Creyke Hilltops Vineyards Association P: 0418 446 778