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WINE OF THE YEAR Special Awards feature 2019 • Featuring the winners and placegetters for each varietal category tasted throughout the year. Plus profiles of the Australian and New Zealand winemaker and wine company of the year.
VILLA MARIA • “A shortage of land suitable for planting vineyards is looming in Marlborough, so that will encourage a greater focus on quality, rather than quantity, production.”
NICK PICONE, VILLA MARIA • “When I’m judging, I really focus on the bouquet. I’m looking for freshness, concentration and push back anything that is out of balance. I look for the wine’s overall interest level, its finer qualities, its texture.”
AUSTRALIAN VINTAGE • “I attribute the strides we have made to making terrific wines which stand-out on the global stage and therefore attract international acclaim, but you also have to engage the consumer.”
PETER HALL, McGUIGAN WINES • “When I consider how some of our wines would stand up against the top French producers now, I think they would be nervous in blind tastings - they might not even show up.”
WINNER THE ORORA GLASS TROPHY • Brown Brothers Patricia King Valley Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut 2012
WINNER THE NATIONAL WINE CENTRE TROPHY • Artwine In The Groove Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Gruner Veltliner 2019
WINNER THE TRAVELRITE TROPHY • Reillys Watervale Clare Valley Riesling 2018
WINNER THE REES HOTEL (NZ) TROPHY • Yealands Estate Single Block L5 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
WINNER THE STAMFORD GRAND HOTEL TROPHY • Cockfighter's Ghost Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2017
WINNER THE LUIGI BORMIOLI TROPHY • Coolangatta Estate Shoalhaven Coast Semillon 2009
WINNER THE CLASSIC OAK TROPHY • Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2018
WINNER THE STUDIO LABELS TROPHY • Allandale Wines Classic Dry Hilltops Grenache Shiraz Rosé 2018
WINNER THE SMEG TROPHY • Z Wine Roman Old Vine Barossa Valley GSM 2018
WINNER THE INTERPACK TROPHY • Rob Dolan Signature Series Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017
WINNER THE VINTEC TROPHY • Mount Avoca Estate Pyrenees Merlot 2018
WINNER THE HAMBURG SÜD TROPHY • Angas & Bremer Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
WINNER THE WINE WORKS TROPHY • Z Wine Poole Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
WINNER THE LE CORDON BLEU TROPHY • Longview Epitome Adelaide Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2018
WINNER THE DW FOX TUCKER LAWYERS TROPHY • Morris Wines Old Premium Rutherglen Rare Muscat NV
WINNER THE HARVEY NORMAN TROPHY • Fresh &...