Perth Royal Wine Awards winners
Western Australian wines shone brightly at the 2018 Perth Royal Wine Awards.
While it is a national show, local wines were very well represented, both in the number of entries and awards given.Chardonnay from the 2017 vintage was one of the highlights of the show with ten of the gold medals going to wines from the west.
The Best Wine of the Show was the 2016 Evans and Tate Broadway Chardonnay, a poised and energetic wine with bright fruit and subtle, supportive oak. It received five trophies and consequently sold out in a flash.
Chardonnay from the 2017 vintage was one of the highlights of the show with ten of the gold medals going to wines from the west, including the fabulous Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay which is a multilayered, complex wine with gentle mealiness and intense lemony flavours. This wine is not yet available, but it is one to snap up on release.
Deep Woods, part of the Fogarty Wine Group, also won the HLB Mann Judd Trophy for the Best Cabernet Sauvignon for their 2016 Reserve Cabernet, a wine of intensity and style. Congratulations go to winemaker Julian Langworthy and team.
Another member of the Fogarty Wine Group, Millbrook Winery, won the Bill Jamieson Trophy for the most successful West Australian exhibitor, with their 2017 Limited Release and Single Vineyard Chardonnay both winning golds, along with the 2018 Regional Sauvignon Blanc and their 2017 Regional Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre. Their limited release chardonnay also picked up gold in the Wines of Provenance class. Well done to talented winemaker Damian Hutton.
As for wines from the rest of Australia, stars included the 2017 Seppelt Drumborg which took out the Dr Jack Hoffman Trophy for the best Pinot Noir and Leasingham who took out the Wines of Provenance Trophy for the Classic Clare Riesling. Tyrrell’s Wines also did well with their suite of semillons.
For the full list of results click here.
Chief Judge of the wine show was Corrina Wright who made a big push for diversity within the judging panel. Sommeliers, distributors and writers, I included, judged alongside winemakers. And of the whole judging team, there was an equal split between women and men. Although this should not be remarkable, it is still a rare thing in the Australian wine show sphere. Wright is leading the way with this charge and sets the standard for other wine shows to follow.