Trentham Estate and Mount Pleasant triumph at 2018 NSW Wine Awards

Mount Pleasant Chief winemaker Adrian Sparks (pictured) was there to collect the awards. (Photo: Mount Pleasant Wines. Image: Chris Elfes)

It’s the awards season, with a cavalcade of wine shows announcing their winners.

One of the best ‘peoples’ results is for the AUD $18 Trentham Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018, which took out the trophy for the best sauvignon blanc at the 2018 NSW Wine Awards.

Adrian Sparks said the 2017 Hunter shirazes were excellent but that we should also watch out for the 2018s.

I caught up with winemaker and co-owner of Trentham Estate, Tony Murphy, at the presentation at NSW Government House, Sydney, where he came to pick up his silverware. Two weeks of rain had cleared just in time for this event, treating the guests to a perfect hilltop view of Sydney Harbour and the wonderful botanic gardens from the Government House lawns.

At Trentham Cliffs, not far from Mildura on the mighty Murray, the Murphy brothers (Patrick runs the vineyards) make some of the best value for money wines around. They also have what is by all reports an excellent restaurant, although despite it being high on my list of must-visit places for years, I still haven’t been.

Coincidentally, Trentham Estate celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. The milestone was celebrated in September with a long lunch held on the winery grounds, for family, friends, staff and long-standing customers and suppliers.

The winery crushes about 5,000 tonnes of grapes a year and exports globally.

Visit the Trentham Estate website here.

The NSW Wine of the Year (top wine of show) was the 2017 Mount Pleasant Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz, from one of the Hunter Valley’s greatest and oldest vineyards.

It also won trophies for best dry red and best shiraz. Chief winemaker Adrian Sparks, who took over the role from Jim Chatto, was there to collect the awards. He said the 2017 Hunter shirazes were excellent but that we should also watch out for the 2018s, which are at least as good.

For the full list of NSW Wine Awards results click here.

By the way, a visit to Government House is worth doing next time you have a gap in your weekend. The gardens are open daily 10am-4pm, and the house, for guided tours only, on Friday, Saturday & Sunday by appointment, from 10.30am to 3pm (with a few exceptions). See the website for details.

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