Tuesday 19 November 2019

St Hugo wins five trophies at 2019 Limestone Coast Wine Show

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St Hugo won five trophies at the 2019 Limestone Coast Wine Show including the top award: the Bill Redman Trophy for Best Wine of Show for the 2016 St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.

Up against 496 regional competitors, the wine also won the David Wynn Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show and the HR (Ron) Haselgrove Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chief of judges Samantha Connew described the wine as “a beautiful example of a wine from a terrific variety which highlights exactly what Cabernet from this region should be about.”

St Hugo was also awarded the Best Individual Vineyard Wine Trophy and the Arthur Hoffman Trophy for Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show. The latter recognises St Hugo viticulturist Tim McCarthy for the immense part he played in growing exceptional quality grapes in Coonawarra.

Tim McCarthy said, “This really belongs to all the people actually in the vineyard doing the hard work, tending the vines so diligently in order achieve this great result.”

St Hugo chief winemaker Peter Munro said, “The way the Limestone Coast show acknowledges the viticulturists behind the wines is exactly how it should be. Great wine is made in the vineyard and rarely by one person alone.  It takes a team of people on the ground, working with a clear vision about what we are trying to accomplish.

“With St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, every year we aspire to create a wine that is true to the St Hugo interpretation of Coonawarra Cabernet – a balance of power and elegance.”

“The 2016 St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon has a lovely openness, with delightful violet floral notes, fresh red fruit characters and classic Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon structure. Another great vintage for St Hugo. 2016 is the 37th vintage of St Hugo, of which 17 vintages have won trophies.

“By chance, the sixth year of every decade seems to shine in Coonawarra, with St Hugo achieving multiple trophies for 1986, 1996, 2006 and now 2016 vintages.”

Trophy winners…

Bill Redman Trophy for Best Wine of Show
Sponsored by CCL Label
2016 St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Arthur Hoffmann Trophy for Viticulturist of the Year
Sponsored by Vinpac International
Tim McCarthy – St Hugo Wines

Colin Kidd Trophy for Best White Wine of Show
Sponsored by Limestone Coast Local Government Association
2019 The Ridge Terra Rossa Coonawarra Riesling

David Wynn Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show
Sponsored by Cooperages 1912
2016 St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Trophy for Best Sparklling Wine
Sponsored by Landmark
NV Grey-Smith Wines Blanc de Blanc Coonawarra

Karl Seppelt Trophy for Best White (excluding Chardonnay)
Sponsored by Multi-Color
2019 The Ridge Terra Rossa Coonawarra Riesling

Pam Dunsford Trophy for Best Chardonnay
Sponsored by VA Filtration
2018 Brand’s Laira Blockers Chardonnay

Trophy for Best Sweet Wine
Sponsored by Aussie Frost Fans
2018 Hollick The Nectar

Trophy for Best Rose
Sponsored by Blue H2O Filtration
2019 Leconfield Coonawarra La Sevillana Rose

Peter Wehl Trophy for Best Merlot
Sponsored by Classic Oak Products
2018 Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot

Trophy for Best Alternative Red Variety (other than Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon)
Sponsored by Euro Carla
2018 Wangolina Tempranillo

Trophy for Best Blended Red
Sponsored by Padthaway Wine Region
2017 Majella The Musician

Eric Brand Trophy for Best Shiraz
Sponsored by Lallemand
2018 Two Truths Shiraz

HR (Ron) Haselgrove Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Sponsored by Wrattonbully Wine Region
2016 St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Trophy for Best Individual Vineyard Wine
Sponsored by Must Apartments
2015 St Hugo Vetus Purum Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

White Wine of Provenance Trophy
Sponsored by Della Toffola
Blok Coonawarra Riesling 2018, 2010, 2006

Red Wine of Provenance Trophy
Sponsored by Torresan Estate Wine Bottlers
Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, 2010, 2006

Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for Best Museum Wine
Sponsored by Hahn Corporation
2014 Patrick of Coonawarra Aged Riesling

International Judge’s Award
Sponsored by Seguin Moreau
2018 Leconfield Coonawarra Old Vine Riesling

Chief of Judges Wine to Watch
Sponsored by Lawrences Irrigation
2019 Penley Estate Francis Cabernet Franc

Chief of Judges Wine to Watch
Sponsored by Lawrences Irrigation
2018 Vandenberg Ari Shiraz

Small Batch and Experimental Wines Award
Sponsored by EE Muir & Sons
2016 Ortons Road Shiraz

Most Successful Exhibitor
Sponsored by Kauri
Majella Wines

Photos: Adrian Gale.

 

 

 

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