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World's most exciting wine scene?

Publish Date: 09 Aug 2017

Authored by: Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with Wine Australia

Wine Australia has applauded the crowning of Mount Mary as Winery of the Year and Bleasdale Vineyards’ Paul Hotker as Winemaker of the Year at last week's Qantas epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards as exemplars of our energetic wine scene.

Andreas Clark, chief executive of the industry body, said: “Mount Mary’s win proves Australian wine can absolutely stand on its own two feet while taking inspiration from the great producers of the Old World.” 

The family-owned winery was established in the 1970s with the aim of leveraging the Yarra Valley’s climatic parallels with Bordeaux and Burgundy, and is now associated with Australia’s cult cabernet blend: the Quintet

Andreas said he was not surprised to see one of the industry's highest accolades go to Paul Hotker; “When you’ve got one of Australia’s best wineries looking and tasting better than it has in over 160 years it’s not long before people take notice.” He added: “Bleasdale has a long and storied history… One of Paul’s great skills has been his ability to respect the Bleasdale traditions and styles while taking the quality of the wines to new heights.”

Wine Australia hopes the acclaim for third-generation winemaker Sam Middleton and Langhorne Creek-based Paul Hotker will awaken developing drinkers to the quality and depth of Australian wines. “All the wines featured in this year’s awards tell a different story about landscape, history and technique,” said Andreas.

He added: “Seeing both our icon wineries and next-generation producers among this year’s winners, it’s clear to see why overseas media outlets are referring to ours as the most exciting wine scene in the world at the moment.”

The Mount Mary team with James Halliday and Wine Australia chairman Brian WalshPaul Hotker with James Halliday and Wine Australia's Brian Walsh
James Halliday and Wine Australia chairman Brian Walsh with the award-winning Mount Mary team and Paul Hotker (Photos by SDP Media)

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