Saltram wins one of Australia’s most worthy wine awards

The 2013 Gramp Hardy Hill Smith Prize at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show has been won by Barossa Valley winery Saltram (tastings), with three vintages of its Saltram No.1 Shiraz (tastings).

This prize is judged in parallel to the Adelaide wine show and is awarded to “an outstanding wine of provenance”. Three vintages must be submitted to the judging panel: the current release, a vintage at least five years older than the current release, and a third vintage at least 10 years older than the current release.

Judges are instructed to look for a strong sense of style and regionality. The three vintages Saltram entered were 2009, 2004 and 1996.

In my view, this is one of the most worthy awards in a country that is increasingly saturated with wine show awards. Saltram had an outstanding result, its 2010 Mamre Brook Shiraz (tastings) winning the Max Schubert Trophy for the top red of the show, and a second trophy for best shiraz.

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