2017 Tasmanian Wine Show winners
We were so chuffed to, once again, bring home some medal winners from this years 27th Annual Tasmanian Wine Show.
Held between 16-19th January 2017, the Tasmanian Wine Show is the regional show for all of the State’s wines, and was first held in 1991, with James Halliday as Chairman of judges of both panels; one of judges awarding medals and one of winemakers providing technical feedback.
Huon Hooke joined James to judge the Show the following year, and they returned most years since then, overseeing the growth of the Tasmanian wine industry and to fly-fish the State’s rivers and lakes. The contribution of both James and Huon over 25 years has been immense.
Huon is now Chairman of Judges and James, the Emeritus Chairman, continues his active involvement. Joining Huon this year were two Masters of Wine, Toni Paterson MW and Alison Eisermann MW who brought great expertise and perspective.
The third judge position on the panel has provided opportunities for local, national and international judges.
Here are the medal winners awarded to Gala Estate at this years show:
GOLD - 2016 Gala Estate Riesling
Class 4 2016 Riesling
Class comments: "Great class with a lot of top awards. Concentration, firm, tight palates with strong well integrated acidity were the hallmarks. Residual sugar, where used was used well and palates had great tension and tightness. These wines will age superably, so stock up! "
GOLD - 2016 Gala Estate Late Harvest Riesling
Class 16 Medium Sweet Wines
Class comments: "Tassie is capable of great semi-sweet whites and we saw several examples here. Palate tension and balance between sugar, acid and fruit is the key."
SILVER - 2013 Gala Estate Vintage Rose Sparkling (available online)
Class 2 Vintage Sparkling Wine
Class comments: "Great class with many stars. Wonderful to see Tassie sparkling wine aging so well with time on tirage, preserving fruit and freshness as it builds character and complexity. Sweetness was well balanced and oak, where used, was admirably subtle. Many of the aged wines were wonderfully fresh and youthful."
SILVER - 2016 Gala Estate Pinot Rose
Class 25 Rose
Class comments: "Achieving softness without obvious sweetness is the challenge."
BRONZE - 2016 Gala Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Class 9 Sauvignon Blanc
Class comments: "Several very smart wines, a reflection of the 2016 vintage which was in two halves. The older wines let the side down somewhat."
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