October 25, 2018
As the year slowly draws to a close, the Australian wine show calendar also comes to its conclusion. For Montalto, our participation in various local, national and international wine shows is driven by our desire for our wines to be measured against those of the best and most recognised wine producers in the world.
Wine shows are sometimes confined to a local region or a specific variety or style of wine, such as our local Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Wine Show, or the National Cool Climate Wine Show.
However, the biggest and arguably the most important shows are the capital city wine shows, run by the Royal Agricultural society in each state. These shows give us the opportunity to go head-to-head with the best producers in the country. The major wine shows are judged by the top wine experts—including some of the country’s most respected winemakers, wine critics, and sommeliers.
Award-winners at the capital city shows, and a few other recognised regional shows, are eligible to enter the National Wine Show held each year in Canberra. The competition at the National Wine Show is very tight, with every wine in the field having won an award at a major show. With 13 Montalto wines eligible for the National Wine Show, it has certainly been an excellent wine show season for us here at Montalto.
Award-winning wines at Montalto
Looking back at some of the highlights this year, it would be hard to go past the Small Vignerons Awards in Canberra. Montalto scooped the Trophy for Best Pinot Noir (for the fourth straight year) with the 2017 Estate Pinot Noir and the Trophy for Best Shiraz with our 2017 Pennon Hill Shiraz.
We also had a couple of great results at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, with the 2017 Pennon Hill Pinot Noir and 2017 Pennon Hill Shiraz both taking out Gold Medals. This result, for us, really reinforces the message of the quality of our Pennon Hill label wines. In the case of the shiraz, it is a tremendous achievement to go up against the heavy-weights of Australian shiraz on their home turf and bring home Gold!
On the international stage, Montalto also brought home the Best in Show award for the 2017 Estate Pinot Noir at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards. This show is open to producers from all over the world and really serves to bring great wine into the spotlight of consumers in Asia, which represents the world’s fastest-growing emerging wine market.
Wines to watch out for
Looking ahead to next year’s releases, our 2017 Single Vineyard wines have already made an incredible impression with the wine show judges.
The 2017 Eleven Chardonnay has won two Gold Medals, the 2017 Tuerong Block Chardonnay won the Champion Wine of Show Trophy at the National Cool Climate Wine Show. The 2017 Red Hill Block took home Gold at Melbourne and the 2017 Tuerong Block Pinot Noir has racked up three Gold Medals and a Trophy!