The 2018 Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen - Red


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A fabulous cross section of varietals in this year’s Royal Adelaide Wine Show Red Dozen, all gold medal winners some with trophies too. Starting with Sister’s Run Cow’s Corner GSM which also won the Tilbrook Rasheed Trophy for Best Grenache, this wine is deliciously complex. 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. This will cellar for a few years if you feel the desire. Also a trophy winner at this event is Leconfield’s Cabernet Franc with the Karl Seppelt AO Trophy for Best Other Varietal (Red). This is a wine we’ve been exploring for some time now. A strong foundation of berry fruits give way to a hint of elegant floral complexity, giving the wine excellent length and texture. An ideal food wine! Continuing the blend trend is Heirloom’s Kings Garden SGM. Powerful and savoury, this wine shows plums, mulberry, meats, spice and chocolate. The structure is excellent and again, it will cellar for a while if you let it. Coriole’s Redstone Shiraz is a cracking McLaren Vale edition from a well-loved producer. Bright lifted red fruits, leading onto deeper savoury notes and fruit on the palate. Easy drinking meets complexity. From St John’s Road in the Barossa Valley we have the only straight Grenache in this dozen and it’s stunning. We found raspberry, rhubarb and cherries along with floral elements. A great balance of acidity meeting the generous fruit. No surprises that this won best Grenache and best Red wine at the Barossa wine show. A ‘Belissimo’ Tempranillo from Serafino is our final gold medal winner for this pack. Bright red and purple fruits with blueberry, anise and some rhubarb on the palate in an acid rich medium bodied setting make this wine a pleasure to drink. It’s also a great food contender – some BBQ Prawns, Paella or Pizza will do nicely.

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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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