The Hunter family’s Sanguine Estate has taken out the premier Heathcote Wine Show award, the Grand Terroir, for a second year.August 5, 2014 3:06am
Wine show chairman, Graeme Quigley, (left) with Sanguine Estate’s Jodi Marsh, Mark Hunter and Tony Hunter and chairman of judges Brian Walsh
The Hunter family’s Sanguine Estate has taken out the premier Heathcote Wine Show award, the Grand Terroir, for a second year.
The award was presented on Saturday night following two days of judging by a panel chaired by new Australian Grape and Wine Authority acting chairman, former Yalumba chief winemaker Brian Walsh.
Mr Walsh told Heathcote winemakers the standard of their wines had stepped up another notch in the past year.
‘‘We have looked for wines with balance and harmony, wines with grace,’’ Mr Walsh said.
Mr Walsh said the Heathcote Wine Show was a celebration for the region’s winemaking community.
‘‘Heathcote has a lot of respect in the Australian wine community.’’
Sanguine Estate, established by Tony and Linda Hunter, near Mt Ida, had two of the three finalists in the Grand Terroir which judged for a wine’s quality, consistency and style across three shiraz wines spanning a minimum of four vintages for one singular wine label.
Other finalists were Sanguine’s winning 2013 Grand Terroir wine the Progeny Shiraz and Heathcote Estate’s Single Vineyard Shiraz.
Wine show committee chairman Graeme Quigley said judges had awarded 19 gold medals for the 2014 show.
‘‘The show puts our wines under the scrutiny of highly respected judges from around Australia and the number of gold medals awarded this year again reinforces the standing of Heathcote wines on the national and international stages,’’ Mr Quigley said.
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Best shiraz: Heathcote Wine Hub 2012 Wine Hub Shiraz.
Best wine other than shiraz: Downing Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Best single vineyard wine: She Oak Hill 2012 Estate Shiraz
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