The finalists of the 2016 Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine Awards have just been revealed, with the talented winemakers of the gold medal winning wines being informed over the long weekend.
This year, (the 21st annual NSW Wine Awards) sees 10 of the State's wine regions raising a glass in celebration of gold medals; with the following breakdown of top scoring wines…
Canberra District – 3, Central Ranges – 1, Cowra – 1, Hilltops – 3, Hunter Valley – 14, Mudgee – 1, Orange – 8, Riverina – 3, Southern Highlands – 1, Tumbarumba – 1
President of the NSW Wine Industry Association and Awards judge Tom Ward said, "The wines vying for top honours are as diverse as we have ever seen, not just by region but by grape variety and style too. It is really exciting to see wines made to the highest standards from varietals such as Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris and Malbec, as well as the more traditional NSW varieties. We also some outstanding examples in the sparkling and sweet wines."
Please see a full list of the wines competing for trophies below. Preliminary results for all entries can also be accessed at www.nswwine.com.au .
The producers of these wines have a lot to be happy about. As well as receiving a 2016 gold medal and now being in the running to receive one of the 19 coveted Trophies - including the ultimate title of '2016 Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine of the Year' - they will also be honoured at a reception at Government House. This event will be hosted by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd).
Earlier this year the Governor of New South Wales made his first purchase of NSW Wine Awards winning wines (from the 2015 Awards), in keeping with his commitment that only wines made in NSW will be served at events held at Government House.
Announcement of the top 2016 Trophy winners will take place on Friday 28 October at the NSW Wine Awards Presentation Lunch at Pier One Sydney Harbour's newly hatted Gantry Restaurant. His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) will also be attending the Presentation Lunch as a guest of the NSW Wine Industry Association.
List of gold-medal-winning Finalists ~ in alphabetical order only …
Angullong 2016 Pinot Grigio, Orange
Ballinaclash 2015 "Joseph" Cabernet Sauvignon, Hilltops
Cellarmasters 2013 Bin Maturation Bennetts Bonanza Semillon, Hunter Valley
Brangayne of Orange 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Orange
Bunnamagoo 2013 Autumn Semillon, Mudgee
Burnbrae 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Orange
Calabria 2015 Private Bin Montepulciano, Riverina
Colmar Estate 2016 Block 6 Riesling, Orange
De Bortoli 2016 Sacred Hill Moscato, Riverina
De Bortoli 2014 Noble One Semillon, Riverina
De Iuliis 2016 Semillon Single Vineyard Love in the Dale, Hunter Valley
De Iuliis 2011 Sparkling Chardonnay, Hunter Valley
Eden Road 2014 'Tumbarumba' Chardonnay, Tumbarumba
First Creek Wines 2014 Winemakers Reserve Chardonnay, Hunter Valley
First Creek Wines 2010 Winemakers Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley
First Creek Wines 2016 SV Murphys Semillon, Hunter Valley
First Creek Wines 2011 Winemakers Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley
Four Winds Vineyard 2015 Shiraz, Canberra District
Logan 2014 Cabernet Merlot, Orange
Moppity Vineyards 2015 Escallier Shiraz, Hilltops
Moppity Vineyards 2015 Lock & Key Reserve Tempranillo, Hilltops
Mount Majura Vineyard 2015 Tempranillo, Canberra District
Mount Pleasant 2014 Wines 8 Acres Semillon, Hunter Valley
Nick O'Leary 2015 'Bolaro' Shiraz, Canberra District
Pinnaroo 2014 Vintage Cuvee, Cowra
Pokolbin Estate 2014 "Phoenix" Shiraz Tempranillo, Hunter Valley
Rotherwood 2015 Pinot Noir, Southern Highlands
Silkman Wines 2014 Reserve Shiraz Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley
Tamburlaine Wines 2015 Reserve Malbec, Orange
Tulloch 2016 Cellar Door Release Rose Sangiovese, Orange
Tulloch Wines 2016 Cellar Door Release Pinot Gris, Orange
Tyrrell's 2009 Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley
Tyrrell's 2005 Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley
Tyrrell's 2012 Vat 47 Chardonnay, Hunter Valley
Windowrie 2015 The Mill Shiraz, Central Ranges
Wyndham 2009 Black Cluster Hunter Valley Shiraz, Hunter Valley