THE 2017 Hunter Valley Wine Show judges awarded 23 trophies and 36 gold medals and many of these winners can now be bought at cellar doors, online and in bottle shops.
The top red wine, the Silkman 2015 Reserve Shiraz, is available at $50 a bottle at silkmanwines.com.au and the Small Winemakers Centre 426 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin.
It won the Doug Seabrook Trophy for the best red of the show, the Hector Tulloch Trophy for best shiraz and the Elliott Family Trophy for best two-year-old shiraz.
Silkman is the four-year-old boutique venture of husband and wife team of Shaun Silkman and Liz Jackson, who are respectively chief of production and bottling and chief winemaker at the First Creek winery headed by Shaun’s father Greg Silkman.
The boutique brand of former First Creek husband and wife winemaking duo Damien Stevens and Jodie Belleville won the George Wyndham Trophy for best current and one-year-old chardonnay with their Hart and Hunter 2016 26 Rows Chardonnay, which is available at $40 at the 463 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin, cellar door and on hartandhunter.com.au.
The Tyrrell’s family wine company was again dominant with 10 trophies and 11 gold medals and with its 2009 Vat 1 Semillon netting a top-of-the-show score of 97 points out of 100 in the 2015 and older semillon class.
The wine, which is not currently available, won the Petrie-Drinan Trophy for best white wine of the show, the Maurice O’Shea Trophy for best semillon and the McGuigan Family Trophy for best mature two-year-old and older semillon.
The currently available Tyrrell’s trophy wines are the:
2011 Stevens Semillon (Len Evans Trophy for the best named vineyard wine and Tyrrell Family Trophy for best named vineyard white wine), which can be found in some wine stores at $35 a bottle
2013 Vat 47 Chardonnay (Murray Tyrrell Trophy for best chardonnay and Lindeman Trophy for best two–year-old and older chardonnay), which sells for $75 at tyrrells.com.au, the Broke Rd, Pokolbin, winery and wine stores
2017 HVD Semillon, which joined the 2005 and 2009 HVDs in winning the Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance Trophy, is available at $35 to Tyrrell’s Private Bin members.
The Ridgeview 2016 Impressions Shiraz, which won the Drayton Family Trophy for best named vineyard red wine, can be bought for $40 at the 273 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury, cellar door and on ridgeview.com.au.
The Vinden Estate 2017 Verdelho, which won the Jay Tulloch Trophy for best verdelho and the Silver Bullet Trophy as international judge Elaine Chukan Brown’s favourite wine, sells for $30 at the 17 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin, cellar door and on vindenestate.com.au.
The Agnew Group’s Cockfighter’s Ghost 2016 Reserve Semillon that won the Ed Jouault Trophy for best one-year-old dry semillon is available at $30 at cellar door audreywilkinson.com.au and the De Beyers Rd cellar door.
The McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant 2014 Maurice O’Shea Shiraz, which won the James Busby Trophy for best mature three-year-old and older shiraz, can be bought for $250 a bottle at the Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin, winery, and on mountpleasantwines.com.au, as can the $80 Mount Pleasant Non-Vintage Tawny Blend, winner of the Trevor Drayton Trophy for best fortified wine.
The gold medal $35 Mount Pleasant 2009 Elizabeth Semillon and $50 Mount Pleasant Wines 2014 Rosehill Shiraz are also online and at cellar door.
The De Iuliis 2016 Shiraz, which won the Alexander Munro Trophy for best current and one-year-old shiraz, is available at $25 from October 1 on dewine.com.au and at 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, winery.
Shaun Silkman and Liz Jackson won a fourth trophy in the other red varietals and blends section with the not-yet-released Silkman 2016 Reserve Shiraz-Pinot Noir and a gold medal in the 2016 and older semillon class with the Silkman 2017 Single Vineyard Blackberry Semillon, which sells on-line and at the Small Winemakers Centre for $35.
The Iris Capital group of Sydney hotelier and developer Sam Arnaout made a successful Hunter Wine Show debut when its Sweetwater 2014 Shiraz scored the 96-point top gold in 2015 and older shiraz class.