A small producer with a vineyard on the banks of the Barwon River in the heart of Geelong has taken out the Wine of the Show Award at this year’s Bendigo Bank Geelong Wine Show. Proprietor Tony Pye of Barwon Banks vineyard was ecstatic when he learned that his 2015 Barwon Bank Shiraz had taken out the Award. “We have been making wine from that vineyard for many years now. I always thought it was a good site, and this award confirms my belief” he said. The Barwon Banks 2015 Shiraz also took out the Barry Plant Trophy for Best Shiraz.
The Award was announced at last night’s Bendigo Bank Awards Presentation Dinner which was hosted by local media identity Catriona Rowntree and held at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.
Oakdene Wines were the other big winners of the night taking out the Seguin Moreau Trophy for Best Chardonnay for their Oakdene LIz’s 2016 Chardonnay, the Black Salt Restaurant Trophy for Best Pinot Noir for their Oakdene Peta’s 2016 Pinot Noir, and the Vinvicta Products Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor. The Labelhouse Trophy for Best Other Wine was awarded to Terindah Estate for their 2017 Terindah Estate Single Vineyard Rose.
190 entries were received from 38 local wineries making it one of the most eagerly contested wine Shows in recent years. A total of 19 Gold Medals, 31 Silver Medals and 57 Bronze Medals were awarded to the Exhibitors which Chief Judge Robert Paul described as “ a very high strike rate which reflected the exceptional vintage conditions experienced in Geelong over the past few years.”
The Pinot Noir classes were the strongest attracting 52 entries and 7 Gold medals which were awarded to Bellbrae Esate for their ‘Bird Rock’ 2016 Pinot Noir, Oakdene Wines for their 2016 Peta’s Pinot Noir, McGlashan Esate for their 2016 Pinot Noir, Swinburn Wines for their 2015 Pinot Noir, Provenance Wines for their 2015 Pinot Noir, Leura Park Estate for their 2015 Pinot Noir and Yes said the Seal for their 2015 Pinot Noir.
The Shiraz class was also very strong receiving 42 entries and attracting 5 Gold Medals. The Gold Medals were awarded to Scotchmans Hill for their 2016 Shiraz, Provenance Wines for their 2016 Geelong Shiraz, Oakdene Wines for their 2016 Shiraz, Terindah Estate for their 2015 Single Vineyard Shiraz and Barwon Bank for their 2015 Shiraz.
Twenty five entries were received in the Chardonnay classes with Gold Medals Awarded to Oakdene Wines for their 2016 Peta’s Chardonnay, Marcus Hill for their 2016 Chardonnay and Ponda Estate for their 2014 Chardonnay.
Gold Medals in the other classes were awarded to Laura Park for their 2016 Grand Vintage Blanc de Blanc, Terindah Estate for their 2017 Single Vineyard Rose, Dinny Goonan Wines for their 2016 Riesling, and Jack Rabbit Vineyard for their 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Ken and Joy Campbell, who were among the first to establish a vineyard when the Geelong Wine Region was revived during the 1960s, were inducted into the Geelong Wine Association Hall of Fame at the Awards Presentation Dinner to recognise their outstanding and enduring contribution to the Geelong Wine Industry. They join Daryl and Nini Sefton and Stuart Hooper who were inducted last year.
Download the full list of medal winners here.