MEDIA RELEASE- Friday 16th October
Tasmania’s Home Hill Wines’ double victory at Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Tasmanian winery Home Hill Wines, located in the Huon Valley, has taken home two major trophies at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Awa rds (RMWA), including the highly coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red, with their 2014 Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir.
Also awarded the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir, Home Hill Wines’ owner Terry Bennett, who runs the winery with wife Rosemary and their children, accepted the accolade at last night’s RMWA presentation dinner held at The Great Hall, NGV.
Nine major and 15 Best in Class trophies were presented over the evening, including The Victorian Trophies for Wines of Provenance, recognising the best white and red wines over a minimum of 10 years, spanning three vintages of the same label. This trophy awards the skill and consistency of the winemaker, with the white trophy awarded to TarraWarra Estate’s Chardonnay 2014, 2006, 2004, Yarra Valley and the red trophy to Castagna’s Genesis Syrah 2012, 2006, 2002, Beechworth.
First time entrant Castagna, a small biodynamic winery located in the foothills of the Australian Alps in Northeast Victoria, were also named the inaugural winner of the Best Vermouth trophy, for their Classic Dry Vermouth. The class was introduced for the first time this year to reflect the re-emergence of vermouth production in Australia and the growing consumer interest in this aperitif.
Celebrating ongoing success, Oakridge Wines were awarded the Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard for the second year running, this year for their Chardonnay, the Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Barkala Ridge 2013. This much celebrated wine was also awarded Best Chardonnay at the Awards Presentation.
In a true sign of sustained quality, the viticultural team behind the Barkala Ridge Chardonnay were also awarded the Kim Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence, for the second year running. This award in Ludvigsen’s name recognises excellence in viticulture and is awarded to the team behind the grapes that produce the single vineyard trophy winning wine. The award winning Barkala Ridge viticultural team are David Bicknell, John Funder, Val Diamond, Steve Sadlier & Mario Pagotto.
The 2015 RMWA received 3097 entries from 537 exhibitors, including 114 first time entrants, and was judged over five days at Melbourne Showgrounds last week.
An adept lineup of 35 Australian wine industry experts assessed the entries, led by Acting Chair of Judges Jim Chatto, who assumed the role after Tom Carson sustained a leg injury in the days before the judging commenced.
“Our team of judges brings together an extraordinary degree of experience across many different fields of the Australian wine industry,” said Mr Chatto, an experienced winemaker and judge.
“My brief to the team was to judge across style, to look for wines of impeccable balance and harmony.”
With trophies awarded to 16 producers, across 12 wine regions, Mr Chatto said the results attest to the depth and breadth of quality winemaking in Australia today.
“In my 18 years of judging, I have never seen such a strong group in wines in the trophy taste-offs.”
The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards is the most respected wine show in Australia, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria for 131 years.