Julie Mortlock, Senior Winemaker at De Bortoli, takes on the world at IWC

De Bortoli Wines, Bilbul, NSW

De Bortoli Wine’s Julie Mortlock, Senior Winemaker and custodian of the family’s world famous Noble One dessert wine, has been shortlisted for Sweet Winemaker of the Year 2016 at the International Wine Challenge (IWC).

Known as the “Oscars of the Wine Trade”, the awards will be announced at a special event on 7 July in London. Julie, who is based at De Bortoli’s Bilbul Estate in the Riverina of New South Wales, is the only Australian woman to be shortlisted and one of only three females nominated at the awards.

The IWC is regarded as the world’s best and most meticulously judged wine competition. Commenting on her shortlisting, Julie said she felt humbled to be recognised in such prestigious awards.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of the De Bortoli family business with their commitment to producing premium wines that can be appreciated by different palates across the globe,” said Julie.

Julie’s shortlisting is a result of her success with wines in a number of categories at the IWC, most prominently with Black Noble winning the New South Wales Fortified Semillon Trophy. Also supporting Julie’s shortlisting were two wins in the ‘Great Value Awards’ categories for wines that Julie produced for leading UK supermarket chains Tesco and Marks and Spencer.

Executive Director and third generation De Bortoli, Victor De Bortoli, congratulated Julie on her success, and her invaluable contribution over the past 26 years with the business. “Julie’s wine making prowess plays a key role in building our international pro le and helping us to capitalise on growing global demand for high quality Australian wine. Of all the international wine awards, the International Wine Challenge is the one where you want recognition,” Mr De Bortoli said.

Julie has the honour of being the custodian of De Bortoli’s flagship wine, Noble One Botrytis Semillon. A true master of her craft, Julie also oversees red wine production at De Bortoli’s Bilbul Estate Winery and puts her stamp on the company’s fortified portfolio which is one of the most comprehensive in Australia. Julie holds a Bachelor of Wine Science and a Bachelor of Wine Business from Charles Sturt University.