Praise for Hunter's top wine producers

The Hunter’s top wine producers were honoured at a special lunch in the Hunter Valley yesterday.

Small family-owned producers were big winners at the 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show, with Meerea Park taking out the Petri-Drinan Trophy for best dry white and De Iuliis the Doug Seabrook Memorial Trophy for best dry red.

Tyrrell’s won five trophies, including the inaugural Wines of Provenance, honouring prominent winemaker Iain Riggs.

Chair of judges Jim Chatto led a respected line-up of judges that faced 780 Hunter Valley wines from 85 producers.

‘‘Tyrrell’s, Meerea Park and De Iuliis dominated the awards and these wines articulate precisely what is great about our region,’’ Mr Chatto said. ‘‘Congratulations to all winners.’’

International judge Lisa Perrotti-Brown said she ranked the show, in its 38th year, as one of the ‘‘best organised and judged’’ in the country.

‘‘The unique styles of shirazes, semillons and chardonnays have especially been a pleasure to judge, and believe me I don’t say that at every show,’’ she said.

Trophies were officially presented at Lindeman’s Winery yesterday in front of about 400 people.

THE WINNERS

Marshall Flannery Trophy

Current Vintage – Semillon

Tyrrell’s Vineyards Chalkboard Semillon 2012

Current Vintage – Chardonnay

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No Trophy Awarded

Jay Tulloch Trophy

Current Vintage - Verdelho

No Trophy Awarded

Current Vintage – Dry White Wine

– Other White Varietals & Blends

No Trophy Awarded

Henry John Lindeman Memorial Trophy

Current Vintage Dry White Wine

Tyrrell’s Vineyards Chalkboard Semillon 2012

Alexander Munro Memorial Trophy

One-Year-Old Dry Red Wine

De Iuliis Steven Vineyard Shiraz 2011

Bill Ryan Memorial Trophy

Most Successful Exhibitor of Young Wines

– Current Vintage Dry White Wines & One-Year-Old Dry Red Wines

Tyrrell’s Vineyards

Ed Joualet Memorial Trophy

One-Year-Old Dry White Wine

Tempus Two Wines Pewter Semillon 2011

Elliott Family Trophy Two-Year-Old Dry Red Wine

Thomas Wines Sweetwater Shiraz 2010

James Busby Memorial Trophy

Premium Vintage Dry Red Wine

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Tyrrell’s Vineyards Vat 8 Shiraz 2009

George Wyndham Memorial Trophy

Premium Vintage Dry White Wine

Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

Museum Reserve Semillon 2006

Doug Galbraith Memorial Trophy

Premium Vintage Sweet White Wine

No Trophy Awarded

Premium Vintage Sparkling Wine

No Trophy Awarded

Trevor Drayton Memorial Trophy

Premium Vintage Fortified Wine

Drayton’s Family Wines

Liqueur Verdelho Heritage Vines

John Lewis Newcastle Herald Trophy

Museum Vintage Dry Red Wine

McGuigan Wines Personal Reserve Shiraz 2000

Graham Gregory Memorial Trophy

Museum Vintage Dry White Wine

Tempus Two Wines Copper Zenith Semillon 2003

Hector Tulloch Memorial Trophy

Dry Red Wine – Currently Available

De Iuliis Wines Steven Vineyard Shiraz 2011

Maurice O’Shea Memorial Trophy

Dry White Wine – Currently Available

Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon 2006

Murray Tyrrell Chardonnay Trophy

Best Chardonnay - Any Vintage

First Creek Wines Winemakers

Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Draytons Family Trophy

Best Named Vineyard – Dry Red

De Iuliis Steven Vineyard Shiraz 2011 Tyrrell’s Family Trophy

Best Named Vineyard – Dry White

Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon 2006

Len Evans Trophy

Best Named Vineyard Wine

Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon 2006

Petrie-Drinan Trophy

Best Dry White Wine of the Show

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Meerea Park Terracotta Semillon 2006

Doug Seabrook Memorial Trophy

Best Dry Red Wine of the Show

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De Iuliis Steven Vineyard Shiraz 2011

Iain Riggs Wines of Provenance

White – Tyrrell’s Vineyards

Vat 1 Semillon - 1999, 2006, 2009

Red – Tyrrell’s Vineyards

Vat 9 Shiraz - 1996, 2006, 2009

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