The 2018 Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen - Mixed


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We’re always grateful for the opportunity to curate some gold medal winning collections as part of the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. This year sees some absolute beauties. The Cow’s Garden GSM from Sister’s Run (Elena and Zar Brooks) won the Tilbrook Rasheed Trophy for Best Grenache. Medium to full bodied, it shows fruits from cherry, mulberry and plum along with savoury elements of dried herbs and smoked meats, there’s also some cinnamon and clove spice on the palate. From renowned McLaren Vale producers Coriole, their Redstone Shiraz is a great example of a modern Shiraz – elegant lifted bright red fruits, some oak treatment and chocolate and spice undertones. We see plenty of wines from Heirloom which we love, this is no exception. Their Kings Garden SGM is powerful and savoury, showing plums, mulberry, meats, spice and chocolate. St John’s Road have created a pearler in their ’17 Grenache. Raspberry, rhubarb and cherries live here along with floral elements. A beautiful balance of acid and fruit makes for one cracking wine. No surprises that this won best Grenache and best Red wine at the Barossa wine show. Serafino’s Tempranillo shows stunning bright red and purple fruits with blueberry, anise and some rhubarb on the palate. It’s fresh and delicious and a great food contender. From Langhorne Creek, the ’16 Lake Breeze Cabernet is impressive with its mint, cocoa, blackberry and vanilla profile. Powerful, generous and very gluggable indeed! It’ll also happily see a decade under the bed.

The final delicious red is a gold winning Margaret River Malbec made by Mike Kerrigan, superstar winemaker (ex Howard Park). It is deep, darkly fruited and supple with generous fruits, lifted florals and good structure. Medium bodied with a nod towards full, with plenty of acidity and refined oak. A couple of Rieslings in this dozen from Thorn Clarke and Pioneer Road. One from the Barossa/Eden Valley and one from Clare, both of these play exceptionally well with lime, minerals and flower blossoms. Dandelion presents a couple of winners this year. Their Shiraz Riesling blend is a fresh revival of the Shiraz blend with a hint of Riesling for added complexity and freshness. This wine is all about the colour blue – plenty of lifted blueberries make this a delicious drop. Their Rousanne shows pear, peach and citrus blossoms on the nose followed by the addition of lemon and melons on the palate. Plenty of acidity making for an excellent ‘drink now’ wine. The final white for our dozen is Redbank’s Sunday Morning Pinot Gris. From the King Valley, this wine shows the usual pear and blossoms but with hints of strawberry, lychee and white pepper. The length is stunning thanks to the plentiful acid.

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Another year has rolled by and is proud to present our Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen. Each wine is a 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show Gold Medal winner and some managed to score trophies, too. Trophy winners this year are:

The Tilbrook Rasheed Trophy for Best Grenache and Best Grenache Blend – Sister’s Run ‘Cow’s Corner’ GSM 2017
The Programmed Property Services Trophy for Best Other Varietal (White) – Redbank Sunday Morning Pinot Gris 2018

2018 saw over 2,500 entries at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Every wine being judged is tasted blind, that is, none of the judges know what wines they are tasting other than its variety and vintage. In total 5 judges look at each wine in a class, compare notes, argue and work out which deserve a Gold (less than 1 in 14 score Gold), Silver or Bronze medal, and indeed, nothing at all (about two thirds of all entries score nil, nix, nada). Such is the standard of competition that a lot of very good wines do not even score Bronze.

Where the judges can’t agree on a medal, and if the wine is under consideration for a Gold, they are recalled and tasted at greater length, again blind, by the same judges before being considered for a Gold Medal or consigned to Silver or Bronze. At this point, the Deputy and Chair of Judges look at the finalists and give the nod, or otherwise, to those selections.

Our buyer Matt who has judged 5 times at wine shows, (including twice in Adelaide) reckons the process is “fun, rigorous, tooth staining and fair to each of the wines entered and ensures that if a wine scores even a Bronze medal that it is bloody good.”


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