It was party time at Langhorne Creek on the 3rd of May, when a crowd of nearly 300 winemakers, grape growers, media, politicians and industry partners marked the end of a successful vintage and unveiled the winners of the 2013 Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase at the 13th anniversary of the Langhorne Creek Winemakers’ Luncheon.
The Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase awards the top wines coming from the Langhorne Creek wine region as judged by an independent panel of judges. This year’s judging panel included wine writer Huon Hooke joined by Mike Farmilo, Nigel Dolan and Matt Laube from Bleasdale Vineyards as the Associate Judge.
Awards were presented in 8 categories reflecting the wines of Langhorne Creek:
- Vinpac Best Sparkling, White or Rosé
- Adelaide Hills Toyota Best Red Blend
- William Buck Best Cabernet Sauvignon
- BMD Brands Best Shiraz
- Amcor Stelvin Closures Best Alternative or Other Wine
- Cooperages 1912 Best Pre-Release
- Collotype Labels Producer of the Year
- Geek IT Champion Trophy for best wine
Lake Breeze took out the Geek IT Champion Trophy for their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was also awarded Best Cabernet Sauvignon of the Showcase.
Lake Breeze also collected the trophy for the Best Pre-Release with their 2009 Arthur’s Reserve and topped it all off by once again taking home the Producer of the Year award for best overall performance by a winery.
The Best Shiraz award went to Heartland Wines 2010 Director’s Cut Shiraz while Wolf Blass 2010 Grey Label Cabernet Shiraz won the Best Red Blend award.
Bleasdale Wines collected the trophy for Best Alternative or Other Wine for the 2011 Malbec and Bremerton Wines was a popular winner for the Best Sparkling, White or Rose trophy with their 2012 Verdelho.
A fast and entertaining charity wine auction was also held during the day featuring nine special format wines. Proceeds from the auction will be contributed to Variety-the Children’s Charity.
All of the 130 wines judged this year were available for public tasting on Sunday, 5th of May and wine lovers from near and far enjoyed a fantastic day of wine, food and music at Langhorne Creek.