Majella Wins an Original

Coonawarra winery Majella has won the show award that is arguably Australia’s most relevant and original: the 2011 Gramp, Hardy, Hill Smith Prize. This was awarded, for the third year, at the 2011 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. It goes to “an outstanding wine of provenance” from any region or grape variety.

The winning wine was Majella cabernet sauvignon. The rules are that the exhibitor must furnish three vintages of the same wine: the current release; a vintage between five and nine years older than the current release; and one at least 10 years older than the current release. The wine itself receives the award, not the individual vintages. Majella’s entries were 2009, 2001 and 1998. This trio beat runners-up Chateau Reynella Shiraz, McWilliam’s 1877 Cabernet Shiraz, Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon and Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, which were selected from 37 entries.

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