The 2016 Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show Gala Awards Dinner was held at Mandoon Estate last Friday 26 August. Mandoon Estate provided a sensational backdrop for the gala awards dinner which was attended by winemakers throughout the region, Swan Valley business owners and members of the community.
Following the judging of over 230 wines, Talijancich Wines was awarded Most Successful Producer and the Singapore Airlines Trophy for the Best Wine of Show and with their Julian James White Liqueur NV.
Pinelli Estate Wines was awarded four trophies for their Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2007 including the Best Swan Valley Table Wine, Best Dry White Table Wine and Chairman’s Trophy. Mandoon Estate was awarded the Best Dry Red Table Wine and Best Shiraz for their The Pact Shiraz 2014. Sittella Wines was awarded Best White Blend with their 2009 Museum Silk
International guest judge Mr Lim Hwee Peng from WineCraft Singapore emphasised his message throughout his stay that the Swan Valley region should not continue to be described as a hot climate winemaking region. ‘’For me, there was a real taste of Europe in the wines made in the Swan Valley. Perhaps Mediterranean rather than hot should be used in climate description, and by not emphasising hot there is a better chance for Swan Valley wines to be appreciated in the right context,” Mr Lim said.
The judges were impressed with the exceptional standard of wines in the Chenin Blanc categories. In the ‘2016 Chenin Blanc’ class, 5 out 6 of the wines entered were awarded medals and in the ‘2015 and older Chenin Blanc’ class 3 out of 5 received medals. They also noted ‘’Shiraz is what the Swan Valley does so well.’’
John Hanley, Chairman of Judges at this year’s show said that ‘’The fortified wines were some of the best, not just in Western Australia but in Australia.’’
The Spirit of the Swan Award was presented to the Dinneen Family to honour the late Alan Dinneen, a highly respected Swan Valley wine ambassador and wine judge. The Spirit of the Swan is a biennial award presented to an individual who has exhibited an outstanding achievement or contributed to the promotion of Swan Valley wine, winemaking, viticulture, tourism, sales or marketing. The Dinneen family have run Chateau Guildford on Swan Street in Guildford since 1974 which continues to stock a large range of Swan Valley wine.
For more information go to www.swanvalleywinemakers.com.au