ASVO award winners
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO), an organisation that facilitates and encourages the exchange of technical information within the Australia Wine Industry, has announced its award winners for 2017.
Mike Hayes of Symphony Hill Wines in the Granite Belt, Queensland, was awarded the ASVO Winemaker of the Year.
It was a deserving accolade for a quiet achiever who has spent a lifetime in wine, not only in winemaking but also in viticulture, education and research.
A champion of the Queensland wine industry, Hayes has a fervent interest in alternative varietals.
Hayes previously travelled to Italy, Spain, Portugal and France on a Churchill Fellowship, looking at the suitability of different grape varieties to Queensland’s climate.
Under the Symphony Hill label, you can taste a range of alternate varieties including the vibrant and expressive petit manseng. Their 2016 Vermentino is brimming with stone fruits and citrus and has appealing chalkiness on the palate. They also make a fascinating lagrein with blood plum and sarsaparilla notes.
The ASVO Viticulturist of the Year award went to Liz Riley, owner and operator of Vitibit, a Hunter Valley based viticultural consultancy.
Riley was recognised for her work in the sustainable management of vineyard pests and diseases, including her contribution to research in this area.
Awards for the best oenology research paper went to Simone Vincenzi and colleagues, for their paper on grape seed extract as a protein-based fining agent. The best viticultural paper went to Ayres, Wicks, Scott and Sosnowski, for their work on Eutypa dieback.
Highly respected winemaker Louisa Rose was awarded the honorary role of ASVO fellow.