A Yarra Valley shiraz has been crowned best wine at the National Wine Show, which judges only medal winners from the year’s regional and capital city shows. The 2018 Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz won the Champion Wine of Show, as well as the trophies for Shiraz, Red Wine and Single Vineyard Reds.
Xanadu also enjoyed a star run, collecting four trophies for two of its wines – the 2017 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon, winning its varietal category, and the 2017 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay, which received the Chardonnay, Single Vineyard and White Wine of Show trophies.
The major awards spread across nine different wine regions and 15 producers. As chair of judges David Bicknell says it was a great result. “In the end, classic combinations of region, variety, and in many cases vineyard, have triumphed. A result very much about provenance.”
In addition to Margaret River’s Xanadu, the Western Australian region was particularly well represented, with the 2019 Stella Bella Wines Otro Vino Rosé winning the Rosé trophy, and the 2018 Miles from Nowhere Cabernet Merlot presented with the top gong for Red Blends.
Among the other varietal trophy winners were the 2018 De Bortoli Riorrett Lusatia Park Pinot Noir, 2019 Jim Barry Clos Clare Riesling, 2019 Sidewood Estate Sauvignon Blanc and 2018 Henschke Stone Jar Tempranillo.
This was the 45th National Wine Show, presented in Canberra on November 22, and it aims to be an open, transparent competition that brings together the best of the eligible wines in the country. “Our goal is to produce results that reflect the quality and diversity of this wonderful industry,” David says.
For full results, visit rncas.org.au