IT was a trophy trifecta for Calabria Family Wines at last week’s NSW Wine Awards, which saw the winery take out best sweet wine, best young red other varieties and people’s choice trophies, which was announced at a celebratory lunch at Sydney’s Simmer on the Bay.
The 2013 Calabria Private Bin Saint Macaire was a stand out, claiming the best young red trophy for the other varieties category. Saint Macaire is an obscure Bordeaux red wine variety that has all but disappeared in France. It’s represented in Australia by plantings in the Riverina where Calabria Wines is using it to make the trophy winning Calabria Private Bin Saint Macaire.
The museum 2008 Three Bridges Botrytis Semillon trumped NSW competitors winning best sweet wine. Calabria Family Wines was also the most popular exhibitor at the NSW Outstanding on the Pier tasting, winning the most votes for people’s choice.
Bill Calabria attended the announcement in Sydney and says the results are recognition of the hard work and dedication of the whole team.
“NSW is the birthplace of Australian wines and Calabria Family Wines are determined to showcase the importance of the NSW regions, by continuing our commitment to making quality and interesting wine varieties,” he said.
PJ Charteris, chair of judges, says the awards continues to uncover exciting vinous gems each year as a result of the combination of established and innovative winemakers from the incredible array of terroirs we are blessed with. “This is particularly exciting given the modern consumer is looking for quality with a difference,” he said. “It would be great to see local wine trade and sommeliers pick up on this trend.”
The 148 wines selected as top wines for 2014 were produced by 68 of the state’s best wineries and the line-up represented an incredible cross section from NSW wine regions.
Calabria Family Wines stole the show having six wines in the line-up to include; Calabria Private Bin Saint Macaire 2013, Calabria Private Bin Nero D’Avola 2013, Calabria Private Bin Aglianico 2013, 3 Bridges Semillon 2008, Blue River Blue Label Shiraz 2013 and Yarrunga Field White 2014.
Congratulations to all the winners!