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Another trophy for our Gewürztraminer

We’re delighted to have yet another trophy for our Gewürztraminer – this time the Winestate Wine of the Year Awards 2020. You can order this wine here! Here’s a list of all the winning wines.

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22 Dec 2020 8:05 PM AEST

Australia & New Zealand Winestate Awards: Our ‘Wine of The Year’ for 2020

The Overall Winner of Winestate’s Wine of the Year for 2020 is The Musician, by Majella Wines, Coonawarra, a Cabernet Shiraz 2018, with a RRP of $19.00 …an incredible result to achieve this prestigious award against wines priced over $200!

Family-owned business Majella Wines grows all its grapes on the property surrounding the winery, situated on the eastern edge of the famous Coonawarra “red strip”.
Each year Winestate evaluates around 10,000 wines in 16 categories from all regions in Australia and New Zealand using an audited and independent judging process.
“As a finalist from over 10,000 wines judged this year, where less than 5% of wines entered reached the finalist stage, and with the toughest peer reviewed blind judging in Australia or NZ, a Winestate Medal is truly deserved,” said Winestate Publisher Peter Simic.

“To be the overall winner the wine has to be head and shoulders above its peers in that category compared with the winning wines in all other categories. In this case the The Musician by Majella, Coonawarra, Cabernet Shiraz 2018 stood above all others”.
“This year was a challenge to maintain our complex judging process when many other wine shows could not continue with the trauma of the pandemic.”
The audited award system used during the year sees varied judges used with panels made up of Master of Wine and peer Winemakers with experience in blind tasting events.

Special Awards
Australian Winemaker of the Year Trophy 2020 – Shane Harris, of Wines by Geoff Hardy. For the third time in 8 years; (Awarded to the winemaker who produces the largest number of high-ranking wines over the year).

New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Trophy 2020 – Chris Scott, of Church Road.  For the third time in 7 years; (Awarded to the winemaker who produces the largest number of high-ranking wines over the year).
Australian Wine of the Year 2020: The Musician by Majella, Coonawarra, Cabernet Shiraz 2018, RRP $19.00
New Zealand Wine of the Year 2020: Vidal, Legacy, Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019, RRP $60.00
Harvey Norman Best Value Wine of the Year 2020 – Under $20; Dee Vine Estate, The Drover, Pinot Grigio 2020, RRP $5.99

Official Results: Winestate ‘Wine of the Year’ Awards 2020
These are the winners of a final taste-off between the Top 5 wines in each class. Shown with RRP $ values. Note: To view the full list – please view the magazine online here: https://online.pubhtml5.com/dzeu/vejm/#p=71

The Musician by Majella Wines, Coonawarra, Cabernet Shiraz 2018, $19.00

The Orora Glass Trophy – Sparkling Wine Of The Year
Hollydene Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, 2008 $69.00

The Millesime Bio Trophy – Alternative White wine Of The Year
Lawson’s Dry Hills, Marlborough, Gewurztraminer 2018 $26.00

The DAI Print Trophy – Sauvignon Blanc Of The Year
Invivo, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $22.00

The Henson Lloyd Trophy – Grenache of the Year
Cat Amongst The Pigeons, Fat Cat, Barossa Valley, Grenache 2019 $29.00

The Northline Freight Trophy – Merlot  of the Year
Rymill Coonawarra MC2, Coonawarra Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2019 $20.00

The Hamburg Sud Trophy – Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year
The Musician by Majella, Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 2018 $19.00

The WINEWORKS Trophy – Shiraz of the Year
Mount Avoca, Estate Organic, Pyrenees Shiraz 2019 $30.00

The William Angliss trophy – Sweet White of the Year
De Bortoli, Deen De Bortoli, Riverina Botrytis Semillon 2017 $17.45

The DW Fox Tucker Lawyers Trophy – Fortified of the Year
Saddler’s Creek, Rutherglen VIC & Riverina NSW Muscat NV $36.00

The Cordon Bleu Trophy – Riesling of the Year
Boston Bay Wines, Eyre Peninsula, Riesling 2019 $24.00

The Luigi Bormiolo Trophy – Semillon of the Year
Coolangatta Estate, Shoalhaven Coast, Semillon 2009  $60.00

The Classic Oak Trophy – Chardonnay of the Year
Vidal, Legacy, Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $60.00

The Interpack Trophy – Pinot Noir of the Year
Coal Pit, Tiwha, Central Otago, Pinot Noir 2018 $57.00 NZ

The Kewco Trophy – Pinot Gris/Grigio Of The Year
Loveblock (BioGro NZ), Marlborough, Pinot Gris 2019 $21.99  NZ

The National Wine Centre Trophy – Rose Of The Year
Mapleton Vineyards, Tasmania, Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 $30.00

The SMEG Trophy – Alternative Red Of The Year
Mount Avoca Estate (ACO), Pyrenees, Lagrein 2018 $37.95

Media Interviews or Winner Information:
Interviews on wine judging: Peter Simic, 0414 695 232
Media Assistance: Mike O’Reilly, 0414 882 505

Background: Winestate is a powerful independent voice for the Australian winemaker and the industry. It is Australasia’s most respected magazine authority on Australian and New Zealand wines, the industry and wine tourism. Each year Winestate evaluates over 10,000 wines from Australia and New Zealand with judging panels of industry winemaker peers, Master of Wine individuals and industry experts.
Entries are judged and then re-judged for this event to ensure consistency. Judging Stars: Wine judging is an inexact art, not a science – even at the highest levels of proficiency. Accordingly, Winestate uses the star rating system, which reflects a range, rather than a specific point score.

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We’re delighted that our Reserve Chardonnay was awarded a Gold medal and the Marlborough Chardonnay Trophy at the recent 2023 International Wine Challenge (IWC).

Now in its 39th year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential annual wine competition.

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