News , 12th Oct 2018

Reliability of Australian Wine Awards

Posted by Roxane

Reliability of Australian Wine Awards

We are extremely chuffed about some trophies and accolades our wines have won this year. But why should you care? Anyone can enter a dodgy wine show and stick labels on their bottles, right?

Do wine awards, trophies and gold medals really matter?

Dodgy is not a word you would use for highly-respected reviewers like James Halliday, who rates Handpicked a red five-star winery and scored mulplile of our wines above 94 points; or Huon Hooke, who reckons our Collection Barossa Valley Grenache was the best of the 2016 Australian vintage; or Phillip Rich, chief judge of the Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, who rated our 2017 Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir the best of more than 250 wines.

Entering wine shows is expensive and time consuming. So why do we bother?

Well, we don’t bother very often. We save our efforts for the capital city shows, varietal challenges and our local regional shows.

Shows like Royal Adelaide Wine Show put our wines before a carefully-selected panel of expert wine judges from Australia and overseas. The wines are tasted blind under tightly-controlled conditions to ensure the judges don’t know whose wine they are tasting at any stage. (If you ever get the chance, it’s fun to volunteer as a steward at a wine show and see how it works.) We want to hear what these judges think of our wines. Also, respected wine shows attract a large field of wines from all over Australia, so we know we are being compared to the best in the business.

2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show - and the winner is ...

Of the 12 wines Handpicked entered in the 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, 10 won gold or silver medals. Our 2017 Wombat Creek Pinot Noir won the trophy for Best Pinot Noir.

“South Australia is still at the heart of Australian wine and Royal Adelaide is it’s premier show, so these results show Handpicked is among the best performing Australian wineries,” said Handpicked winemaker Peter Dillon.

“It was especially pleasing to see the Wombat Pinot Noir take the trophy. Wombat Creek is a very special vineyard, the highest in the Yarra Valley, and 2017 was our first vintage as owners of the vineyard. This is our first Wombat Creek wine to win a trophy, but it will not be the last.”

Being from a single vineyard, the 2017 Wombat Creek Pinot Noir is made in small quantities and will be snapped up quickly. Today we release a super-teeny-weeny allocation for pre-release sale to our loyal subscribers. Snap it up and get free home delivery on purchases of 12 or more bottles.

2017 WOMBAT CREEK PINOT NOIR - Best Pinot Noir Trophy winner 

$79.99 per bottle
Limited Allocation - Delivery will start on 5th November 2018

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