After a week of swirling and spitting the results of the 2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show are finally in – and while Adelaide can still safely lay claim to being the Wine Capital of Australia with South Australian producers dominating the trophy tally, it was a Western Australian wine that took home the gold.
Deep Woods Estate has won the coveted Max Schubert Trophy for Most Outstanding Red Wine in Show for their 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – the third year in a row a Western Australian winery has taken home the prestigious award.
Chairman of judges Michael Brajkovich MW said the judging team evaluated more than 2,600 wines over four days, and reiterated the claim that the Royal Adelaide Wine Show really is the most prestigious wine show in Australia.
“It was an incredible tasting this year,” Mr Brajkovich said. “The Royal Adelaide Wine Show just keeps getting bigger and better, and I truly believe that the Max Schubert Trophy is one of the country’s top wine awards.
“As you’d expect at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, Shiraz classes were of an exceptionally high standard, but we were also really impressed by the Cabernet Sauvignon classes – in particular the Bordeaux blends with varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Franc.”
In addition to winning the Max Schubert Trophy, Deep Woods Estate was also awarded the Professor AJ Perkins Trophy for best Cabernet Sauvignon in Show, and the Radoux Australia Trophy for Best Other Red Blend, for their 2014 Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot.
But it was South Australia that came out on top of the tally, with local producers taking home more than half of the trophies awarded at the Adelaide Showground this morning.
“Many highlights emerged in the course of the judging,” Mr Brajkovich said. “South Australian wines shone in the Provenance section, with Rosemount again taking home the Most Outstanding Red Wine of Provenance, this time for their 2002, 2006 and 2014 Rosemount GSM.
“The quality of the Chardonnay class was also outstanding, while the Riesling and Semillon classes were of a very high standard, with the Clare Valley label Naked Run Wines awarded the Most Outstanding White Wine of Provenance with its The First Riesling.”
Trophies also went to Barossa stalwarts Yalumba (Best Shiraz), Peter Lehmann (Best Riesling) and Grant Burge (Best Sparkling), while Penfolds was awarded the trophy for Best Chardonnay and the George Fairbrother Memorial for Best White Wine in Show.
Members of the public can sample the trophy winning wines at Taste of the Best – the Royal Adelaide Wine Show Public Tasting this Friday 30 September at Adelaide Showground. For details visit www.thewineshow.com.au
For more information:
Andrew Hardy, Chairman Royal Adelaide Wine Show, ph: 0419 677 239
Kirrilee Hay, RA&HS, ph: 0499 773 512 OR Michelle Hocking, RA&HS, ph: 0419 185 314