The Perth Royal Wine Awards, the premier wine show in WA, have been announced with a good deal of press coverage in recent days – as you probably know the trophy for Wine of the Show, as well as the Best WA Wine, was won by Evans and Tate 2016 Broadway Chardonnay.
During judging week I was privileged to be invited down to the Claremont Showgrounds – along with other wine bloggers (Vinos and Chinos, Perth Wine Girl and Hungry for Wine) – to see the wine judges going through their paces, get an overview from long time winemaker and judge, Tony Devitt, on the judging process, have a wander through the thousands of bottles waiting to be judged, and taste a few ourselves.
With 2915 entries judging is a mammoth task and Chief Judge, Corrina Wright from McLaren Vale’s Olivers Taranga Wines, led the judging along with 5 panel judges – Kim Buckley (Thomas Wines), Rob Diletti (Castle Rock), Trina Smith (Jacobs Creek), Arch Kosovich (Kosovich Wines) and Kim Horton (Willow Bridge) – 10 panel judges – Toni Patterson (Gourmet Traveller Wine), Tony Davies (Snake and Herring), Michael Johnstone (David Johnstone and Associates), Damian Hutton (Millbrook), Severine Logan (Watershed), Ann Marie Tamburri (La Vigna), Tony Robinson (Treasury Wine Estates), Lance Parkin (Houghtons), Rob Mann (Corymbia) and Anna Hooper (Australian Vignerons) – while 10 Associate judges assisted and at the same time gained more experience to enable them to become senior judges – Kristen McGann (Epicure), Eloise Jarvis (Margaret River Wine Solutions), Foni Pollitt (Mayfair Lane), Kim Tryer (Galafrey), Emma Gillespie (Deep Woods), Rachael Davenport (Myattsfield), Andrew Dawson ((Latitude 34), Troy Overstone (Houghton) Paul Dixon (Thompson Estate) and Ryan Aggis (Aravina).
Tasting around 15o wines each over 4 days, this is no mean feat, and once medals had been awarded, the best wines were re-judged to get the trophy winners.
A full list of the Trophy Winners and all medal winners is on the Perth Royal Website and this is a handy guide to some of the best wines going around – have a look at the catalogue at:
Among the trophy winners you will see the most successful WA Exhibitor is Perth Hills winery, Millbrook, and there is an article in the catalogue with Millbrook’s outstanding chef, Guy Jeffrey.
Other trophy winners include Best Fortified – Gralyn Artizan Muscat; Best 2018 Dry White Table Wine- 2018 Castle Rock Skywalk Riesling; Best Dry White Table Wine (blend)- 2018 Xanadu DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon; Best Rose – Coward and Black Lady Margo; Best WA Dry Red Table Wine – 2017 Forest Hill Block 9 Shiraz; and Best Cabernet Sauvignon – 2016 Deep Woods Estate Reserve.
The wine awards are part of the Perth Royal Food Awards designed to showcase the best produce WA has to offer – of course with the wine, entries come in from across Australia because of the regard in which the Show is held.
The Perth Royal Show runs from 22 to 29 September at the Claremont Showgrounds – make you get along to see the best of WA.