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THIS year’s vintage has been named the “vintage of the century” in the Hunter Valley and backing onto a standout 2013 vintage, there was cause for celebration at last week’s Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show.

Celebrating the 40th vintage of one of the country’s oldest regional wine shows proved to be another good reason for the Hunter Valley to kick up its heels.

With almost 400 locals, winemakers and out-of-town guests in attendance, more than 20 trophies were awarded to top Hunter drops.

Organisers of the event say the highlights were the ‘best dry white wine of the show’ which was awarded to Tyrrell’s 2006 Vat 1 Semillon and the trophy for the ‘best dry red wine of the show’ which went to Pepper Tree Wines 2011 Tallawanta Grand Reserve Shiraz.

Brokenwood was named the most successful exhibitor of young wines, while the third wine to be named “Iain Riggs wine of provenance” (an award introduced in 2012) was awarded to Thomas Wines Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon for its 2004, 2006 and 2014 vintages.

Two new trophies were also introduced this year to mark the show’s milestone.

The first being the ‘innovation trophy’ which De Iuliis Shiraz Touriga Nacional took out amongst the 30 wines entered which were considered to be pushing the boundaries of traditional Hunter Valley winemaking.

The second newly inducted trophy was the ‘silver bullet’ which was presented by international wine show judge Fongyee Walker for a wine which she believed was of an international standard. This new trophy went to Draytons for its 1978 Tawny Port.

A team of respected wine show judges led by Jim Chatto in his third year as chair of judges immersed themselves in 738 Hunter Valley wines from 73 producers.

Judges included international guest judge Fongyee Walker from Beijing, visiting judges Mike Bennie and Russell Cody, panel chairs Tom Carson, Corinna Wright and Nick Stock together with Hunter judges Chris Tyrrell, Scott Comyns and Andrew Thomas.

“This year 54 gold, 131 silver and 249 bronze medals were awarded, up on 2013 with 20 trophies being shared between just 9 companies,” Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association vice president Mike De Iuliis said.

“The range of wines, varietals and styles awarded today truly represents all the great things that we as a region are collectively doing.

“This show provides a real benchmark for the region. Congratulations to all winners.”

A VIP trade and media tasting hosted by the 2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show judges and winemakers will be held in Melbourne on 16 September from 10am-12pm at Bellota and in Sydney on 17 September at Fix St James from 4-6pm.

A full list of trophy winners are available online at www.hunterwineshow.com.au

For further information please contact:

Kylie White

P: 61 2 9439 1633

E: kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au