Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills Wine Region cleans up at National Wine Show

The Adelaide Hills’ Longview Vineyard, Sidewood Estate, Hahndorf Hill, and The Lane Vineyard all win BIG at the latest National Wine Show.

The Adelaide Hills was one of the most awarded wine regions in the 2021 National Wine Show, with results announced last Friday (20/05/22).

Wines from the Adelaide Hills region won four of the 20 trophies categorised by wine style – for the best Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, White Varietal and Red Varietal wine – placing Adelaide Hills in the spotlight as one of the best and most diverse wine regions in Australia.

Chair of Judges, David Bicknell said, “The National Wine Show celebrates the best of the best, being the only wine show that has a qualifying entry. A trophy at National Wine Show indicates wines of impeccable quality, so to win four trophies across different varietal categories shows the great quality and diversity of the Adelaide Hills.

“It’s the region that has it all going on! It’s at the forefront of alternative varieties in this country and is making wines with real pedigree. Cabernet Franc is a tricky variety, so to make an outstanding Cab Franc in the same region as Gruner Veltliner speaks volumes about the potential of the region. Diversity and quality – that’s the Adelaide Hills.”

South Australian wines had the highest state trophy tally at seven, with two wines from the Barossa and one from Langhorne Creek being added to the four from Adelaide Hills.

President of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, Alex Trescowthick was duly pleased: “It’s a great result. The Adelaide Hills has so much potential to produce outstanding wines and our members are delivering that across so many different grape varieties. It’s an exciting time for the region as its reputation continues to grow.”

The Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Trophy was won by LONGVIEW 2021 QUEENIE PINOT GRIGIO. According to owner Peter Saturno, “Longview is over the moon that it has been recognised for another trophy for it’s very popular Queenie Pinot Grigio. Off the back of trophy success at the Royal Melbourne wine show, this solidifies it’s standing as one of the most successful and consistent Pinot Grigio’s in Australia. All fruit is sourced from our single estate in Macclesfield.”

Pictured holding their National Wine Show 2021 trophies (photo credit: Larry Jacobs): Owen Inglis (Sidewood),
Turon White (The Lane), Carly Schmarr (Longview), Larry Jacobs (Hahndorf Hill)

One of the gems of the Hills in terms of interesting varieties is HAHNDORF HILL 2021 WHITE MISCHIEF GRUNER VELTLINER which won the White Varietal Trophy. “White Mischief is an exciting, New World style of Gruner Veltliner, yet which still retains the added complexity of wonderful texture and natural acidity,” said Larry Jacobs, co-owner of Hahndorf Hill.

SIDEWOOD 2020 MAPPINGA FUME BLANC won the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy. Sidewood owner, Owen Inglis spoke about the result: “We are more than delighted to have again won the Trophy for Best Sauvignon at the National – a follow on from our Estate Sauvignon winning the Trophy in 2019. The Mappinga Road vineyard continues to show its pedigree and superb terroir. Our thanks go to our dedicated team: Mark Vella our gifted viticulturist; Winemakers Darryl Catlin and Henry Borchart whose artistry craft our superb fruit into wonderful wines; and all those who’s heart and soul belong to Sidewood and who continue to help drive our pursuit of excellence in cool climate Australian winemaking.”

The Red Varietal Trophy was awarded to THE LANE VINEYARD 2021 PROVENANCE CABERNET FRANC. The Lane’s CEO, Jared Stringer explained, “The Lane has been growing Cabernet Franc on our Hahndorf estate since 2014, and it’s only getting better with age. We set out to make an aromatic, medium bodied style with bright primary fruits and soft tannins which is ideally suited to our cooler, Adelaide Hills climate. We are thrilled that the hard work of our vineyard and winemaking teams is being recognised on the national stage.”

The Adelaide Hills region had plenty more to celebrate on the night. Adelaide Hills wines that were awarded Gold Medals at the National Wine Show were:

  • Sidewood 2015 Isabella Rose (Class 4) – TOP GOLD
  • Tomfoolery Wines 2021 Fox Whistle Pinot Gris (Class 6)
  • Longview 2021 Queenie Pinot Grigion (Class 6) – TOP GOLD
  • Wicks Estate 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (Class 4)
  • Sidewood 2020 Mappinga Fume Blanc (Class 11) – TOP GOLD
  • Penfolds 2020 Bin 20A Chardonnay (Class 12)
  • Hahndorf Hill 2021 White Mischeif Grune Veltliner (Class 14) – TOP GOLD
  • Tomfoolery Wines 2021 Young Blood Grenache (Class 20)
  • Longview 2020 Yakka Shiraz (Class 22) – TOP GOLD
  • The Lane 2021 Provenance Cabernet Franc (Class 29) – TOP GOLD

Prices of the winning wines and how to find them is included below:

  • Longview 2021 Queenie Pinot Grigio: $19.99 each (click here)
  • Hahndorf Hill 2021 White Mischief Gruner Veltliner: $25.00 each (click here)
  • Sidewood 2020 Mappinga Fume Blanc: $38.00 each (click here)
  • The Lane Vineyard 2021 Provenance Cabernet Franc: $40.00 each (click here)

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