Regional diversity shines at NSW Small Winemakers Show

Seven wine regions shared in the gold medals at the recent 2014 NSW Small Winemakers Show. They are the Hunter Valley, Canberra District, Hilltops, South Coast, Central Ranges, Orange and Tumbarumba.

The trophies were shared among five of those regions: 2013 Moppity Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Hilltops – tastings) was best red of show, 2014 Ravensworth Riesling (Canberra District – tastings) was best riesling, 2010 Charles Sturt Reserve Sparkling (Tumbarumba – tastings) was best sparkling wine, and 2014 David Hook Reserve Riesling (Central Ranges – tastings) also won a trophy.

Representing the Hunter Valley, which won nine of the 14 trophies on offer: 2007 McLeish Semillon (tasting) was best white wine of show, 2013 Mount View Estate Reserve Chardonnay (Hunter Valley – tastings) was best boutique white wine of show, while 2011 Hart & Hunter The Hill Shiraz, 2013 Briar Ridge Dairy Hill Shiraz (tastings) and 1978 Drayton Family Wines Port Blend also took home trophies. Coppabella 2012 The Crest Chardonnay (Tumbarumba) also won a trophy, for best aged chardonnay.

The latter is made by Moppity Vineyards, which had a huge show with its own wines, dominating the red wine classes.

The show, which is open to wineries crushing no more than 500-tonnes, was in its 23rd year and was chaired by Mike De Iuliis.

The presentation dinner will be on September 20 at the Forbes Services Memorial Club where all trophy-winning wines will be served. Tickets are $80. Full results and more information: or phone 0455 154 434.

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