Hunter Valley Wine Show Trophy Winners 2013

The Hunter Valley this week celebrated the 39th year of the Hunter Valley Wine Show, widely regarded as the country’s leading regional wine show. Unlike many wine shows on the annual circuit, the Hunter Valley Wine Show has a strict regional focus and is exclusively for wines made with grapes grown in the Hunter Valley.

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Incredibly, despite being the most recognised Australian wine region in the world, the Hunter Valley accounts for only 2% of Australia’s total grape production. And that figure is falling as more vines are planted elsewhere around the country every year. Celebrating the wines, history and innovation of this region is becoming more important than ever.

The trophies for the best Hunter wines of 2013 were officially presented at the Hunter Valley Wine Show Celebrations Luncheon held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on Friday, 16 August with an audience of 400 local wine industry colleagues.

And us.

Yes, we were there, sipping and slurping our way through the winning wines, and chatting with the incredibly talented teams of people who produce some of this country’s best drops. The entire event was a wonderful celebration of all things Hunter Valley and remained authentic and true to it’s regional focus.

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 Left – Hunter Valley Wine Show Trophy Winners Luncheon in full swing. Right – Shazaam! Liz Silkman (nee Jackson), winemaker extraordinaire at First Creek Wines with Jane Thomson from The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society.

The only dampener of the day was the horrendous commentary by event MC, former Australian cricketer Michael Slater, who’s foulmouthed, sexist and inappropriate jokes, and comments about those who weren’t winners being “total losers”, left many in the audience unsure whether to clap politely just to get him off the stage or hurl their newly emptied Semillon bottles at him. Some left the room altogether.

Stellar presentations by Jay Tulloch, Faye McGuigan, Bruce Tyrrell and Ned Goodwin saved the day. Their eloquence, intelligence and passionate support of all the hardworking Hunter Valley talent present in the room was truly inspirational.

The winners of awarded trophies in 2013 were:

Marshall Flannery Trophy for Current Vintage Semillon

Thomas Wines Braemore Cellar Reserve Semillon 2013

Jay Tulloch Trophy for Current Vintage Verdelho

Two Rivers Wine Hidden Hive Verdelho 2013

Current Vintage Dry White Wine, Other White Varietals & Blends

Mt Eyre Three Pond Fiano 2013

Henry John Lindeman Memorial Trophy for Current Vintage Dry White Wine

Thomas Wines Braemore Cellar Reserve Semillon 2013

Bill Ryan Memorial Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor of Young Wines (Current Vintage Dry White Wines & One-Year-Old Dry Red Wines)

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Ed Joualet Memorial Trophy for One-Year-Old Dry White Wine

Tyrrell’s Vineyards Old Vines Chardonnay 2012

Elliott Family Trophy Two-Year-Old Dry Red Wine

Pepper Tree Wines Limited Release Shiraz 2011

Dry Red Wine, Alternative Red Varietals & Blends, Any Vintage

Margan Family Wines Limited Release Barbera 2011

James Busby Memorial Trophy for Premium Vintage Dry Red Wine

Pepper Tree Wines Limited Release Shiraz 2011

McGuigan Family Trophy for Premium Vintage Premium Dry White Wine

Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon 2006

Doug Galbraith Memorial Trophy for Premium Vintage Sweet White Wine

Margan Family Wines Botrytis Semillon 2011

Trevor Drayton Memorial Trophy for Premium Vintage Fortified Wine

Drayton’s Family Wines – Liqueur Verdelho Heritage Vines

John Lewis Newcastle Herald Trophy for Museum Vintage Dry Red Wine

Tinklers Vineyard 2005 U & I Shiraz

Graham Gregory Memorial Trophy for Museum Vintage Dry White Wine

Tempus Two Wines Copper Zenith Semillon 2003

Hector Tulloch Memorial Trophy for Dry Red Wine Currently Available

Pepper Tree Wines Limited Release Shiraz 2011

Maurice O’Shea Memorial Trophy for Dry White Wine Currently Available

Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon 2006

Murray Tyrrell Chardonnay Trophy for Best Chardonnay Any Vintage

Tyrrell’s Vineyards Old Vines Chardonnay 2012

Draytons Family Trophy Best Named Vineyard Dry Red Sponsored by Draytons Wines & Robyn Drayton Wines

Leogate Estate Wines Western Slopes Shiraz 2011

Tyrrell’s Family Trophy Best Named Vineyard Dry White

Tyrrell’s Vineyards HVD Semillon 2007

Len Evans Trophy Best Named Vineyard Wine

Leogate Estate Wines Western Slopes Shiraz 2011

Petrie-Drinan Trophy for Best Dry White Wine of the Show Sponsored by Clear Image

Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon 2006

Doug Seabrook Memorial Trophy for Best Dry Red Wine of the Show

Pepper Tree Wines Limited Release Shiraz 2011

Iain Riggs Wines of Provenance

Tulloch Limited Release Hector of Glen Elgin Shiraz 1994, 2006, 2011