THE WA cabernet sauvignon juggernaut continued its domination of the national wine show circuit with the results of the first major show for 2011, the Royal Sydney Wine Show, being announced last week.
WA won seven of the 26 trophies available to individual table wines from its negligible proportion of Australia’s wine grape crush.
More than 400 of Australia’s finest winemaking hopefuls entered nearly 2300 wines at Sydney and, in the cabernet classes, Evans and Tate won the sought after cabernet trophy with its Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.
This State has now won 10 of the past 15 capital city wine show trophies for Best Cabernet Sauvignon, despite making less than 5 per cent of the Australia’s cabernet sauvignon.
Evans and Tate also won the trophy for Best Merlot with its 2008 merlot from Margaret River.
Although they do not get rewarded with all of the publicity or credibility that they have put in the hard yards to earn, Evans and Tate’s winemakers have consistently been among WA’s top two gold and trophy winners on the very competitive national show circuit over the past six or seven years.
Goundrey Wine’s Garth Cliff picked up the trophy for the Best Commercially Priced White Wine with the Homestead Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010.
Vasse Felix’s Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010 won the trophy for Best Previous Vintage White Wine but to put this wine into its proper context, it has also won trophies for Best Dry White Blend at Adelaide and for Best Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon Sauvignon Blanc at Melbourne – both in 2010.
The other big WA winner from this show is Margaret River minnow Chapman Grove.
Four gold medals and three trophies against Australia’s largest and greatest winemaking teams for a tiny 10,000-case boutique winery is image-creating stuff.
Ron and Trish Fraser’s Chapman Grove won the trophies for Best Sauvignon Blanc and two trophies for their commercially priced Dreaming Dog Shiraz 2009.
This is one dream that did pay off.