More than 80 people from the wine industry attended the Gala Presentation Dinner of the 2017 Australian Small Winemakers Show on 25th October, for the announcement of trophy winners and to celebrate the achievements of Australia’s small wine producers.
Chairman of Judges, Jim Harre in his comments on the show, highlighted the specialist role of the Australian Small Winemakers Show in “providing considered, transparent, critical assessment to smaller producers”.
Jim commented on a number of highlights in the show, especially the bottle fermented sparkling wines and Semillon classes. He also drew attention to the excellent wines from small producers of Italian varieties such as Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Sagrantino, as well as other lesser known red varieties like Tannat, Saperavi and Durif.
Western Australian small wine producers scooped the pool at the 2017 Australian Small Winemakers Show, taking out five of the eight major trophies. Trophy winners were:
Champion Small Winery of Show – Grampians Estate (Vic)
Champion White Wine of Show – Redgate Wines (WA), 2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Champion Red Wine of Show – Three Dark Horses (SA), 2016 Grenache
Dick De Luca Memorial Trophy for Champion Shiraz – Mandoon Estate (WA), 2015 Old Vine Shiraz
Champion Chardonnay of Show – Redgate Wines (WA), 2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Champion Sparkling Wine of Show – Saracen Estates (WA), 2010 Maree Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Champion Fortified Wine of Show – Stanton and Killeen Wines (Vic), NV Classic Muscat
Preben Jacobsen Stewards Choice – Fermoy Estate (WA), 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Girraween Estate took out the Champion Queensland Red Wine of Show with their 2016 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, whilst Symphony Hill Wines received the trophy for Champion Queensland White Wine of Show for the 2016 Vermentino.
All the results of the 2017 Australian Small Winemakers Show is available to download from the show website www.asws.com.au