The 2019 Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen - Red
A fabulous cross section of varietals in this year’s Royal Adelaide Wine Show Red Dozen, which is the finest we have produced in eleven years of curating this pack ... half of the wines are trophy winners, two thirds top gold winners and every wine is at a minimum, a gold winner (ie sitting within the top 6% wines at the show).
First cab off the rank is the Trophy winning Grenache from our good friends at Purple Hands. Their Old Vine Grenache from the Barossa has been one of our favourites around the office for years now and we are thrilled that the 2018 vintage has taken the Top Gold and Tilbrook Rasheed Trophy for Best Grenache or Grenache Blend in the 2019 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Anise, raspberry and baking spices on the nose with some firm tannins and a dry, long finish. You’ll definitely not stop at one glass. The next Trophy winner in the dozen hails from Frankland River. The Ferngrove Black Label Malbec 2018 took out the Top Gold and Trophy for Best Other Varietal Red. Inky black and blue fruits and a lovely purple hue combine blackberry, plum and some lifted spice. Enjoy now or be rewarded with 5-8 years in the dungeon. Just in case you didn’t think we could squeeze another Trophy winner in, WE DID! Dowie Doole Rosé 2019 took out the Trophy for Best Rosé and of course, the Top Gold along the way. It is a delightfully fresh blend of 87% old vine Grenache and 13% Vermentino. The flavours you get are strawberry, pink grapefruit, brine and orange zest. Back across to the West, we have Deep Woods with their Gold Medal winning 'Ebony' Cabernet Shiraz 2017. It has lovely rich black fruit, great depth of flavour and firm acidity. Willow Bridge, in the lesser known Geographe region in WA, also took out a Gold Medal for their fantastic Dragonfly Shiraz 2018. This deliciously bright Shiraz has plenty of sweet berry and plum flavours that nestle amongst some quality French oak. Geographe might be “David” to the Margaret River’s “Goliath,” but we all know how that one turned out! Last, but by no means least, we have the Turkey Flat Butchers Block Shiraz 2018, also a Gold Medal winning Shiraz. 100% whole bunch Shiraz fruit used and all in older oak. The result is a lighter style Shiraz than their Estate Shiraz, but the fruit really plays the starring role. Red and blue fruit aplenty with some white pepper to round it off. This would pair sensationally with a hearty beef stew or even a vegetable medley.
For the eleventh consecutive year, www.winedirect.com.au are delighted to curate the Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen. This year we have been able to include a record 5 Trophy winners and 8 Top Gold winners. 2019's Wine Show Dozens showcase superb wines… every single wine has at a minimum scored a Gold Medal... this puts them in the top 6% of all wines judged. Trophy winners this year are:
The Tilbrook Rasheed Trophy for Best Grenache and Best Grenache Blend – Purple Hands Wines Old Vine Grenache 2018
The Karl Seppelt AO Trophy for Best Other Varietal Red – Ferngrove Black Label Malbec 2018
The Piper Alderman Trophy for Best Rosé – Dowie Doole Rosé 2019
The BDO Trophy for Best Dry White Blend – Deep Woods 'Ivory' Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019
The Hurtle and Norman Walker Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine in Show – Wicks Estate 'Pamela' Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2013
2019 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.”