RidgeView and Thomas Wines emerged as the big winners in the Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Show awards last night at Crowne Plaza.
RidgeView picked up a major double, winning best white wine of show for their 2009 semillon, and the Karl Stockhausen Trophy for their 2014 chardonnay.
Thomas Wines produced the best red wine of show for their 2016 TW2 shiraz.
Chairman of judges Keith Tulloch was impressed by the overall quality of wines on offer, especially as many were from the challenging 2015 and 2016 vintages.
“The quality was impressive, no doubt about it,” he said.
“Shiraz and semillon were the stand-outs just as they always are, and there was some very good chardonnay tasted too.”
Mr Tulloch said some of the lesser known Italian varietals such as fiano and barbera were really starting to shine as well.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
CLASS 1—SPECIFIC VINTAGE REDS— SHIRAZ
Thomas Wines - 2016 (TW2)
CLASS 3—OPEN VINTAGE REDS—SHIRAZ
David Hook - 2014 (DH2)
CLASS 4—CURRENT VINTAGE WHITES– SEMILLON
Hart & Hunter
CLASS 6—CURRENT VINTAGE WHITES—VERDELHO
CLASS 7—2016 VINTAGE WHITES—SEMILLON
Hart & Hunter
CLASS 8—2016 VINTAGE WHITES—CHARDONNAY
CLASS 9—OPEN VINTAGE WHITES—SEMILLON
RidgeView Wines - 2009
CLASS 10—OPEN VINTAGE WHITES—CHARDONNAY
RidgeView Wines - 2014
CLASS 13—OPEN VINTAGE REDS—SHIRAZ—Reg 2
Tintilla Estate - 2014
CLASS 14—CURRENT VINTAGE WHITES—2017 SEMILLON—Reg 2
Two Rivers Wines
CLASS 19—OPEN VINTAGE WHITES—SEMILLON—Reg 2
Two Rivers Wines - 2013
CLASS 20—OPEN VINTAGE WHITES—CHARDONNAY—Reg 2
Pretty Dog Vineyard - 2015
CLASS 30—OPEN VINTAGE REDS—VARIETALS
David Hook - 2014 Barbera
CLASS 32—CURRENT VINTAGE WHITES—VARIETALS
Mount Eyre Vineyard - Fiano
CLASS 35—OPEN VINTAGE WHITES—VARIETALS
Pokolbin Estate Vineyard - 2007 Riesling
CLASS 38—SWEET WHITE TABLE WINE
RidgeView Wines - 2006 Botrytis Semillon
CLASS 43—ROSE STYLE OPEN VINTAGE
Hart & Hunter - 2017 Shiraz
BEST WHITE WINE OF SHOW
RidgeView Wines - 2009 Semillon
BEST RED WINE OF SHOW
Thomas Wines - 2016 Shiraz (TW2)
KARL STOCKHAUSEN TROPHY
RidgeView Wines - 2014 Chardonnay
DR RAY HEALEY TROPHY
David Hook - 2014 Shiraz (DH2)