Thursday 2 December at Centennial Vineyards
What better way to close the door on 2021 than by raising a glass of award-winning wine in the company of Australia’s most outstanding high altitude winemakers. Book now for The Australian Highlands Wine Show Awards Presentation Night on December 2, at Centennial Vineyards in the magnificent NSW Southern Highlands.
Celebrating some of Australia’s most resilient winemakers, emerging from vintages like no other, this is the big night for a wine show that recognises the very best of wines made with fruit grown at 500m or more above sea level. Open to regions from all over Australia, the show attracts producers from The NSW Southern Highlands, Orange, Mudgee, Tumbarumba, Hilltops, new England, Canberra District and Adelaide Hills.
Despite the toughest of growing and operating conditions in recent times, more than 126 wines entered this year’s show, in pursuit of the coveted title of Australia’s Best Wine With Altitude. Show Judge Toni Patterson says “There were many highlights. Judges were impressed by the clarity of the fruit and distinct varietal expression of the top wines. When we lined up the best white, red, sparkling and sweet wines of the show, they were of such high quality that it was hard to pick between them.” For Toni, Pinot Noir was a star performer, Pinot Gris was also strong, as was Riesling. “There was a beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, some excellent Cabernet and Shiraz, and a couple of really interesting wines made from Italian varietals.”
Be first to know the results and celebrate with finalists attending the Awards ceremony, set in the winery of Centennial Vineyards, on Thursday 2 December from 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets are just $50pp including canapés, one glass of wine or bubbles on arrival and a selection of trophy and award wining wines available for tasting. It’s an enjoyable opportunity to get to know some of Australia’s best vigneron and winemakers.
The Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association (SHFWA) is proud to host the only wine awards in Australia to focus exclusively on these exciting, high-country, cool climate wine styles.
‘Generally, cool climate wines will have a distinctive elegance and delicate character,” says SHFWA Industry Liaison Officer and show collaborator, Katrina Hill-Cooper of Rotherwood Wines. “There’s a wonderful vibrance and freshness to high altitude wines that the market really responds to.”
The Australian Highlands Wine Show is now in its 11th year, this year supported by The NSW Government, Porsche Centre Sydney South, Vintec Club, Langtons, Riedel and Fritz Family. An esteemed judging panel will be led by Toni Paterson MW, together with Rob Geddes MW, winemaker Aaron Mercer, wine writer Paul Diamond and sommelier Ashlyn Foster.
“This wine show highlights that wines grown at higher altitudes, with the corresponding lower temperatures, can look very different to wines grown at lower altitudes,” says Toni Paterson. “We will see intensely flavoured wines, diverse in style, which will keep the judging panel on our toes as we need to be very broad-minded when assessing quality. I expect the quality of this year’s wines will be high and anticipate that there will be some surprises too. Discovering new labels is all part of the adventure of wine, and the Australian Highlands Wine Awards showcases quality producers that people may not have heard of before. I can honestly confess to being as excited as anyone else to see the results!”
Rob Geddes shares that excitement; “It’s truly a joy to judge the Australian Highlands Wine Awards and touch base with some of the most interesting viticultural climate zones in the country, in anticipation that with each year’s awards, we see something different and exciting!” says Rob. “These awards play an important part in providing constructive feedback for winemakers, who often work in isolation, some distance from where their markets are, and building brand recognition over time. I’ve personally grown very fond of the Highlands through my involvement, as Chairman or judge, over the past 21 years. It has been my pleasure to witness the evolution of local Pinot wines, especially Noir and Gris, as well as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Wine judging will take place at The Loch in Berrima November 2-3, 2021 and the Awards presentation will take place on Thursday December 2 at Centennial Vineyards.
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