It was a tough task to follow up last year’s inaugural Langhorne Creek Wine Show; however the 2nd annual Langhorne Creek Wine Show definitely met expectations.
Of the 185 regional wines entered for judging 113, were awarded medals, 20 of which were Gold. Unlike last year, this year lacked a dominating winery, with trophies being awarded to six different wineries. This made competition for Producer of the Year hotly contested and extremely close, coming down to a tense wine taste-off. Bleasdale Vineyards took out the trophy and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication put into all of their wines. Announcement of the winners and presentation of the trophies took place at the annual Langhorne Creek Wine Show Luncheon; a celebration of all the Wine Show entrants and the Langhorne Creek region.
Gipsie Jack was awarded the coveted William Buck Champion Wine of Show trophy with their 2013 Shiraz, scoring an impressive 56.0.
The remaining trophies were awarded to Lake Breeze (2014 Reserve Chardonnay and 2012 Arthur’s Reserve), Karawatta (2013 Christo’s Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon), Bremerton Wines (2013 Special Release Lagrein), Wolf Blass Wines (2012 Black Label Cabernet Shiraz), and Bleasdale Vineyards (NV Fortis et Astutus), along with a commendation award to Bleasdale Vineyards for their 2013 Second Innings Malbec.
Associate Judge Sarah Andrew not only has a strong passion for quality wine, but wine from Langhorne Creek; approaching the region to snare her spot on the judging panel. Joining the panel as an associate judge, she felt honoured and stated that “the competitive nature of the golds and what got up for trophy were really challenging, for the whole team.”
“For me, Malbec in Australia is Langhorne Creek, they are synonymous,” a wonder statement from Andrew and despite Malbec not reaching all of the expectations placed on it, there were a number of great, quality Malbec wines entered into the show, a sentiment shared by both Andrew, and fellow Associate Judge Riley Harrison.
Langhorne Creek Winemakers’ Committee chair Ben Potts congratulated the region’s winemakers and said the results were a source of great pride for the region.
After another hectic and eventful Wine Show full of drama, laughs, good company, and obviously excellent wines, the 2015 William Buck Wine Show has finished for another year. There was a buzz around the new location at the Winehouse and everyone had an excellent day. Looking back over the past week, it is no wonder the Langhorne Creek Wine Show is the premier event in Langhorne Creek.
For a full list of results from the Langhorne Creek Wine Show click here.