2019 Trophy Winners Announced

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2019 Victorian Wine Show Winners Revealed

The Mornington Peninsula’s Montalto has yet again celebrated big at this year’s Victorian Wine Show.

The Red Hill winery has been awarded three trophies including Best Wine of Show for its Montalto 2018 Pennon Hill Chardonnay.

The judges also awarded Montalto the trophy for Best Chardonnay and Best White Table Wine. Montalto Simon Black said he was absolutely delighted. “We’ve been a long-term participant at this show and full kudos to the committee and judging panels for their efforts in bringing together such a high-quality event, showcasing everything that is great about the Victorian Wine Industry. I would especially like to acknowledge the tireless efforts and commitment to excellence of my team.”

The 37th Victorian Wine Show’s impressive line-up of almost 770 wines were judged by some of Australia’s most respected winemakers and sommeliers, along with top international judges New Zealand’s Jim Harre and China’s Jade Li.

Chief Judge Jim Harre, stated “This year the chardonnay class showed a lot of elegance, with a lovely richness of flavour, balanced, and with a touch of sulphide giving it real complexity.”  This was evident in the 2018 Pennon Hill Chardonnay that claimed the best wine of show.

Grampians Estate received the Premier’s Trophy for its 2017 St Ethel’s Shiraz. Tom Guthrie was thrilled, stating “It’s a great achievement; a great reflection of the quality of the work done by our wine making team.” The winery usually makes about 30-35 tonnes a year, focusing on quality wines reflecting the Grampians region.

“Congratulations to all our trophy winners for being recognised at this year’s Victorian Wine Show,” said Show Director Robert Paul. “It’s exciting to see the benefits of things like the Premier’s trophy and the impact it has, with recipient’s reporting a boost in their business, credibility, and reputation.” This initiative was possible through the Wine Growth Fund offered by Regional Development Victoria.

The trophy winners were announced following an exhibitor tasting and luncheon at Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie, a long-term supporter of the event. The event is held in the Aboriginal Art Gallery featured beneath the stunning Ashton Tower.

The 2019 Victorian Wine Show trophy winners are:
Best Riesling, Granite Hills 2018 1971 Block Riesling, Sponsored by Air Liquide

Best Chardonnay, Montalto 2018 Pennon Hill Chardonnay, Sponsored by Cooperages 1912

Best Other White Table Wine, Tahbilk 2016 Marsanne, Sponsored by Orora

Best Rosé, Best’s Wines 2019 Great Western Rosé, Sponsored by Laffort

Best Pinot Noir, Terindah Estate 2017 Pinot Noir, Sponsored by Classic Oak

Best Shiraz, Clarnette & Ludvigsen Wines 2017 Reserve Shiraz, Sponsored by WineQuip

Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Deen Debortoli 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sponsored by Flexcube

Best Other Red Varietal Or Blend, Mitchelton Crescent 2017 Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache, sponsored by Hahn

Best Emerging Or Alternative Varietal Or Blend, Stanton & Killeen Wines 2018 Reserve Tinta Roriz, Sponsored by Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society

Best Fortified Wine, Morris Wines Nv Old Premium Rare Topaque, Sponsored by Wine Makers of Rutherglen

Best Museum Wine, Sanguine Estate 2012 Progeny Shiraz, Sponsored by Royal Selangor

Best Sparkling Wine in Show, Taltarni Vineyards 2015 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay, Sponsored by Ozpak

Best White Table Wine, Montalto 2018 Pennon Hill Chardonnay, Sponsored by WineQuip

Best Red Table Wine, Clarnette & Ludvigsen Wines 2017 Reserve Shiraz, Sponsored by Plasdene Glass Pak

Best Small Producer, Granite Hills, Sponsored by Labelhouse

Premier’s Trophy Grampians Estate, 2017 St Ethels Great Western Shiraz

Colin J Richardson Memorial Trophy, Most Successful Exhibitor, Pfeiffer Wines, Presented By: Mitchelton

Best Wine in Show, Montalto 2018 Pennon Hill Chardonnay, Sponsored by: Saint Martin

For further details on the Victorian Wine Show trophy winners please contact secretary@vicwineshow.com.au.