South Australia’s Wrattonbully wine region is celebrating unprecedented success at the Limestone Coast Wine Show, collecting three major trophies and 10 gold medals at last night’s presentation dinner. The family-owned Malone Wines won back-to-back trophies in the Museum Class, with the 2006 Malone Shiraz winning the Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for ‘Best Museum Wine’. The Wrattonbully wine region also laid claim to the ‘Best Sparkling or Sweet Wine’ Trophy, which went to the 2012 Yalumba FSW8B Wrattonbully Botrytis Viognier, and the ‘Best Other Single Red Variety’ Trophy, which was won by the 2012 Pepper Tree Wines ’14 Shores’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Merlot. Pepper Tree Wines was also named ‘Most Successful Exhibitor’ at the show, scoring additional gold for the 2012 ‘Elderslee Road’ Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 Classics’ Limited Release Cabernet Merlot.
Wrattonbully Wine Region Association president, James Freckleton, says the wine show results highlight the versatility and consistency of the cool climate region. “We have trophy winners representing three completely different wine varieties and styles, and we are enormously proud of this result, not to mention the additional swag of medals which highlight our region’s varied strengths,” he said. “The 2010 Patrick Aged Riesling won a gold medal in the Museum White class, and Wrattonbully also won gold for Bellwether’s 2013 Shiraz/Malbec and Pepper Tree Wines’ 2012 Limited Release Cabernet Merlot so we’ve covered just about the complete spectrum.”
Chairman of judges, Andrew Wigan, described the 2006 Malone Shiraz as an “amazing, wonderfully crafted Shiraz”. “It was rich, it was deep, it had a touch of mint, but it had that lovely dark berry character and lovely texture and it’s obviously a wine that will go on for many, many years - it’s just starting out in its career as a wonderful wine,” he said. “I think that speaks volumes of what the family are doing with their grape growing and the versatility of the area in Wrattonbully – they’re doing it with Shiraz, they’re doing it with Cabernet, what can’t they do?”
Malone Wines’ Will Malone says the latest trophy builds on the success of the 2006 Malone Cabernet Sauvignon, which was a stand-out performer in a very strong 2013 field. “We began planting in 1998 and 2006 was only our second vintage, so it was a pretty good year to start given the way things have turned out; to win the museum trophy last year with our ‘06 cabernet Sauvignon and to win it again this year with our ’06 Shiraz and gain another gold medal with our ’07 Shiraz is unbelievable, really - it’s exciting times for us,” he said.
Wrattonbully’s Gold Medal Tally – 2014 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2013 Cellarmasters Honour Roll Neil Doddridge Black Wattle Wrattonbully Cabernet
2013 Bellwether Wrattonbully Shiraz/Malbec
2012 Pepper Tree Wines, ‘Elderslee Road’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Pepper Tree Wines, ’14 Shores’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Merlot, (TROPHY)
2012 Pepper Tree Wines, ‘Classics’ Limited Release Wrattonbully Cabernet Merlot
2012 The Yalumba Wine Company, FSW8B Wrattonbully Botrytis Viognier (TROPHY)
2010 Patrick Aged Riesling
2007 Malone Shiraz
2006 Malone Shiraz (TROPHY)
2006 Casella Wines, 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon
Interviews with Andrew Wigan and Will Malone on the 2014 Limestone Coast Wine Show 'Best Museum Wine' are available at the following link: http://youtu.be/v_0Dq0By15o