“Once again the Langhorne Creek Wine Show has thrown light on the region’s great strengths, pointed to potential new stars and reminded us all that this special place between two rivers can produce really soulful and utterly delicious wines” Nick Ryan, Chief of Judges, Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2018.
Pioneering Langhorne Creek winery Lake Breeze has won the pre-eminent awards of Champion Wine of Show, and Producer of the Year at the 2018 Langhorne Creek Wine Show.
The Lake Breeze Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, the highest scoring wine of the show also won the Orora Beverages Stelvin Closures Champion Cabernet Sauvignon trophy. Lake Breeze’s 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon additionally won the Brighter Best Museum or Fortified Wine of the show, pointing to the variety’s supreme ageing qualities.
This year, Chair of Judges Nick Ryan was joined by winemaker Charlie Seppelt and international judge Joe Czerwinski, Managing Editor of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Nick Ryan said “It was a pleasure to showcase the region for our International judge, Joe Czerwinski, from the world’s most influential wine publication, The Robert Parker Wine Advocate, and we can be pleased he’ll head home having seen outstanding wines across a range of styles.”
Nick Ryan praised the champion wine. “Cabernet Sauvignon, as always, was a real highlight,” he said. “And the Malbec class produced more evidence to back up the case for recognising Langhorne Creek as the variety’s most comfortable Australian home.”
Langhorne Creek Wine Show’s International Judge Joe Czerwinski commented on his two days of judging: “A lot of the red wines really impressed. Langhorne Creek has clearly had a run of good vintages, with Cabernet, Malbec and Shiraz looking particularly strong.” His inaugural International Judge’s Award went to Shearer’s Hill 2017 Shiraz.
Agronomist Warren Burgess was presented with the annual Viticulturist of the Year award and was recognised for his contribution to the industry and the Langhorne Creek region.
The awards ceremony on Friday 4th May saw 300 grape growers, winemakers, trade and winery staff gathered for lunch catered by award-winning chef Simon Burr from the Olfactory Inn.
The show received a record 226 entries from 34 producers. Associate judges were Melanie Hollick and Jonathon Brook.
- Best Sparkling Wine, White Wine or Rose : Lake Breeze Wines 2017 Reserve Chardonnay (Sponsor, Vinpac)
- Best Blended Red Wine : Pinnacle Drinks 2016 Stonyfell Cellars Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet (Sponsor, Cooperages 1912)
- Best Cabernet Sauvignon : Lake Breeze Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sponsor, Orora Beverages – Stelvin Closures)
- Best Shiraz : Bremerton Wines 2015 Old Adam Shiraz (Sponsor, Project Wine Pty Ltd)
- Best Malbec : Bleasdale Vineyards 2016 Double Take Malbec (Sponsor, New Holland Agriculture)
- Best Museum or Fortified Wine : Lake Breeze Wines 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sponsor, Brighter)
- Best Wine from a Multi-Regional Blend : Treasury Wine Estates Wolf Blass 2016 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz (Sponsor, Glass Print Solutions)
- Champion Wine of Show : Lake Breeze Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sponsor, Multi-Color Corporation)
- Producer of the Year : Lake Breeze Wines (Sponsor, Peats Soil and Garden Supplies)
- Viticulturist of the Year : Warren Burgess (Sponsor, Creeks Pipeline Company Ltd)
- International Judges Choice : CMV Farms 2017 Shearer’s Hill Premium Shiraz
- Best Red or White Wine made from Alternative or Other Variety(s) : Next Crop Wines 2016 Langhorne Creek Montepulciano (Sponsor, Schubert Haulage)