The 2020 Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen - Mixed
12 Gold Medal winners, seven of which were top in their class and four of which went on to claim a Trophy, make up this year’s superlative Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Mixed Dozen. Let’s check out the winners below.
Deep Woods Shiraz et al has, for the second consecutive year, won the trophy for Best Other Red Blend, an astonishing feat. Their plush Margaret River amalgam of Shiraz and Malbec offers richness, spice, violets, smoked meats and herbs swallowed by voluptuous black fruits which are dried out just enough by plenty of acid and fine tannins. Bleasdale’s Generations Malbec brings violets, blackberries, cream, satsuma plum, porcini mushrooms and spice. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannins is absolutely perfect. It is one of the best Aussie Malbecs ever made. No surprise perhaps, given Bleasdale have been growing Malbec since the late 1800s and produce about six different expressions of straight Malbec every year. Deep Woods picked up another Trophy with their pitch perfect blend of Sem and Sauv Blanc. It is zippy and crunchy with uplifting aromas of lemon and lime blossoms complemented by passionfruit and a lip-smacking backbone of acidity. Industry legends, the Knappstein’s, picked up the best Sauv Blanc Trophy. This is a wine we stock every year as it is consistently so good. The 2020 edition is incredibly complex with aromas of snow pea, green bean, talcum powder and grapefruit dominating the nose. The palate offers a lovely texture, minerality and balanced acidity.
Next up, a 97 point score for Richard Hamilton’s Little Road Shiraz which has dark fruits, spice, vanilla, aniseed, cedar and fine, chalky tannins. It actually looks quite a lot like its older brother, the Centurion Shiraz, which retails for $80 per bottle. Gold from Pindarie in the Barossa with their well-heeled blend of Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Shiraz. It is a deliciously perfumed, complex and spicy wine. Superb florals, red and blue fruits all emanate from the nose. Flavours of spice, liquorice, thyme, and red and black fruit all abound, and it finishes with fine, firm tannins. Wirra Wirra’s Church Block also picked up a gold and 96 points. The Cabernet shines in this one which shows dark fruits and greenery along with a hint of stonefruit, spice and cedar. It’s reasonably powerful and finishes with ripe, waxy tannins you can almost chew on. Thorn Clarke’s Shotfire is big, bad and black Barossa Shiraz. Rich and intense, with vanilla, coffee, chocolate and blackcurrant liqueur finished with cedar and fine tannins. It has good acid and serious fruit intensity and will no doubt improve over the next 5-8 years. Mount Avoca’s Organic Tempranillo shows lots of cola, aniseed and cloves on the nose. The palate reflects this and builds with blackberries, coffee bean and liquorice. There’s a good whack of acidity here too, keeping everything fresh and bright, pushing fruit forward to a long finish. Alkoomi’s Black Label is a beautifully balanced and intense Riesling sourced from Alkoomi’s first plantings (1971) plus a block they planted to the Geisenheim clone in 2003. Only free run juice is used and the finished wine has blossoms, lime zest, lime juice, grapefruit, mineral acidity and an exceptional structure which will see it improve in bottle for a decade or more. Mr Mick’s Rosé is fashioned from Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Grenache. Light, juicy and slurpable. Playful but seriously good. Strawberries, cream, lychees, rose petal and white peach. Good acid and length. Finally, we have Lake Breeze’s Cab blend which screams Bordeaux, with blackcurrants, graphite and tobacco all joined by spearmint. Powerful, generous and eminently gluggable right now, this will also improve for a decade in the bottle.