Trophies galore for Home Hill
Tasmania’s Home Hill has hit another home run, winning four trophies, for the best pinot noir, best red wine of show, best red wine of show and best estate grown and produced wine at the 2018 Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards. Its 2017 Home Hill Estate Pinot Noir triumphed; last year it was the 2015 Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir, the winery’s top label, that won the same four trophies.
It was no flash in the pan: two vintages of Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir also won golds this year, the 2017 and 2016.
The full list of trophies
- Best sparkling: No.1 Family Estate Cuvée Virginie Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2009 (Marlborough, NZ)
- Best riesling: Naked Run Place In Time 2014 (Clare Valley)
- Best semillon: Coolangatta Estate Wollstonecraft 2011 (Shoalhaven)
- Best sauvignon blanc: Tomich Wines Estate 2017 (Adelaide Hills)
- Best chardonnay: Gralyn Estate Reserve 2014 (Margaret River)
- Best pinot gris/grigio: Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio 2017 (Adelaide Hills)
- Best rosé: The Pawn Wine Co El Desperado 2017 (Adelaide Hills)
- Best pinot noir: Home Hill Estate 2017 (Huon Valley, Tasmania)
- Best merlot: ArtWine The Doghouse 2017 (Adelaide Hills)
- Best shiraz: Mandoon Estate Reserve Syrah 2016 (Frankland River)
- Best cabernet sauvignon: Brash Vineyards 2016 (Margaret River)
- Best Italian red variety: Smallwater Estate Zinfandel 2017 (Geographe)
- Best other red variety: Hugo Wines Grenache 2017 (McLaren Vale)
- Best Bordeaux blend: Mandoon Estate Cabernet Merlot 2016 (Margaret River)
- Best Rhone or other red blend: Millbrook Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2017 (WA)
- Best fortified: Anderson Winery Classic Muscat (Rutherglen)
Several ‘repeat offenders’ popped up to greet the judges this year, apart from the Home Hill pinot.
Coolangatta Estate – no stranger to the semillon awards here over the years – repeated its success of last year, this time with its top label, Wollstonecraft; last year it was the regular 2009 Semillon. The ’09 Semillon did win a gold again this year.
Brash Vineyards repeated its success of last year winning the cabernet sauvignon trophy.
As well, looking at the gold medal winners, Mandoon Estate had a great show, winning golds for its 2016 and 2015 Research Station Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons, as well as its trophies for the Reserve Syrah and Cabernet Merlot.
Montalto of Mornington Peninsula won two gold medals and three silvers in the pinot noir class.
NSW Central Ranges vineyard Twisted River Wines, which won the shiraz trophy last year, got up again, with its 2016 vintage winning a gold. Last year’s winner was the 2016 Shiraz Viognier.
And Margaret River’s Gralyn, which won the chardonnay trophy, also scored a gold in the fortified class with its consistent Museum Muscat, which has won the trophy in the past.
Hearty congratulations to all.