Grampians Estate wins big in Western Victoria Wine Challenge

Western Victoria’s 2019 Wine Challenge came to an end on Friday, when awards were presented to the region’s wineries during a luncheon at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval precinct

The crowd was full of enthusiastic regional winemakers and wine lovers, who were delighted by the extremely high quality of wines judged this year.

Leigh Clarnette (Clarnette Ludvigson) accepting the Regional Shield for the Grampians, from Mc Andrew Koerner (Blue Pyrenees). PHOTO: Contributed

The event was dominated early by Grampians based wineries Bests and Seppelt. Bests scored Judges Best Wine in the Riesling and Rose class, with their 2019 Bests Great Western Riesling and 2019 Great Western Rose.

Pyrenees winemakers were under pressure as the current regional shield holders and things didn’t get any better when Grampians Estate 2017 St Ethels Shiraz was judged Top of the Class in the much sought after Shiraz class.

The Pyrenees based Summerfield finally gave their region something to smile about with their 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, given the title of Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Mount Avoca followed up with Best Other Red with their 2018 Mount Avoca Merlot.

Tom and Sarah Guthrie from Grampians Estate accepting the trophy for the judge’s Wine of Show for 2017, St Ethels Shiraz, from sponsor Simon Traill of MCC Labels and Graphics (Left), with Andrew Koerner Mc (Right). PHOTO: Contributed

Blue Pyrenees continued Pyrenees’ late run with Best Museum White and their 2010 Midnight Cuvee. However, Grampians Estate halted this in the Museum Red Class with top points going to their 2006 St Ethels Shiraz.

The last of the class awards went to Pyrenees based Dogrock with the recently introduced Wines of Provenance Award, with their 2008, 2010 and 2017 Dogrock Shiraz.

Other winners from the competition in the Consumer Prize category included Taltarni 2017 Sparkling Shiraz, Montara 2018 Riesling, Miners Ridge 2018 Chardonnay, Seppelt 2017 St Peters Shiraz, Glenlofty 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon & Grampians Estate 2017 Cabernet Shiraz blend.

Simon Fennell (Montara) accepting the Consumers Prize for the 2018 Montara Riesling from Robert John from Ararat Wine and Food. PHOTO: Contributed

There was no doubt who the title belonged to when Grampians Estate 2017 St Ethels Shiraz was judged Best Wine of Show and received the Kym Ludvigsen Award for Best Single Vineyard wine. To round out 2019, the Most Successful Exhibitor title could go nowhere else but Grampians Estate.

President of the Western Victoria Wine Challenge, Simon Fennel was the first to congratulate the winners.

“To say Tom and Sarah have had a phenomenal show is an understatement,” he said.

“It’s a tribute to their hard work and a reflection of the quality of wine from the Western Victorian region in general.”