Winners announced in 2018 Canberra International Riesling Challenge

From a record number of Rieslings from six countries

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Judging at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge
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The prestigious top award at the 19th annual Canberra International Riesling Challenge – Best Wine of the 2018 Challenge - has been won by US winery Black Star Farms with its 2017 Black Star Farms Arcturos Dry Riesling.

The wine was also named Best Dry Riesling and Best American Riesling. Black Star Farms is located on Old Mission Peninsula in Michigan, on the same 45th Parallel that runs through some of the great wine regions of the world.

A record number of Rieslings from six countries – Australia, New Zealand, USA, Germany, France and the Czech Republic – were judged at this year’s Challenge which was held at the historic Albert Hall in Canberra during the week prior. This is the largest collection of Riesling ever put together in the Southern Hemisphere.

At the Celebration of Riesling and Awards Presentation ceremony at the Hotel Realm, the outstanding collection of wines in this year’s Challenge were recognised for their excellence in Riesling production.

Under the guidance of Chairman of Judges Cameron Douglas MS, seven Judges from Australia, the USA and China and three Associate Judges, have tasted the 567 wines over the last four days to find the best wines across a number of styles. The 2018 Challenge had a record total of 567 entries. Judging resulted in 70 Gold Medals, 104 Silver Medals and 205 Bronze Medals.

Mr Douglas, a Master Sommelier, experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant from New Zealand, said the awards feature wines from a range of countries, and from small family owned winegrowers to large commercial operators.

“The 2018 Canberra International Riesling Challenge remains the largest and most exacting in the Southern Hemisphere. With 567 entries from 240 producers it is a serious competition that showcases many fine examples. The future of the competition is assured with solid numbers of medals awarded across the classes - providing Producers, Winemakers, Sommeliers, Restaurateurs and International Wine Retailers an opportunity to explore and discover some of these great wines”, he said.

“Riesling touches our vinous lives in many ways. What sets it apart is not simply complexity - other great varieties possess this. It is the pure essence of soil and climate speaking through the grape. Great Riesling can be beguiling with aromas, flavours and textures that resonate seamlessly with the palate. There is a Riesling for all occasions and palates.”

Daniel Hetherington from Capel Vale Wines in WA received the Shaw Vineyard Estate Encouragement Award for up and coming Riesling Winemakers.

The winner of the inaugural Wines of Provenance class was Trevelen Farm Wines from Great Southern Region in WA with its Trevelan Farm Riesling vintages 2016, 2011 and 2005. Entries for this class comprised three vintages of the same wine/label produced from a single vineyard and winery, with 10 or more year’s age range between the most recent and the oldest vintage.

Full list of trophies & awards:

Best Wine of the 2018 Challenge
Canberra International Riesling Challenge Trophy - Black Star Farms - 2017 Black Star Farms Arcturos Dry Riesling
(Class 10, Dry, Old Mission Peninsula, USA)

Best Dry Riesling
Jim Murphy AM Perpetual Trophy - Black Star Farms - 2017 Black Star Farms Arcturos Dry Riesling
(Class 10, Dry, Old Mission Peninsula, USA)

Best Semi-Dry Riesling
Wolf Blass Trophy - Risky Business Wines - 2018 Risky Business Luxe Riesling
(Class 2, Semi-dry, Great Southern, Australia)

Best Sweet Riesling
Australia Post Trophy - Forrest Wines - 2017 Forrest Botrytised Riesling
(Class 6, Sweet including Botrytis & Eiswein, Marlborough, New Zealand)

Best Museum Class
ActewAGL Trophy - Poacher’s Ridge - 2016 Poacher’s Ridge Riesling
(Class 7, Dry, Great Southern, Australia)

Best Australian Riesling
ACT Government and Hotel Realm Trophy - Risky Business Wines - 2018 Risky Business Luxe Riesling
(Class 2, Semi-dry, Great Southern, Australia)

Best New Zealand Riesling
New Zealand High Commission Perpetual Trophy - Forrest Wines - 2017 Forrest Botrytised Riesling
(Class 6, Sweet including Botrytis & Eiswein, Marlborough, New Zealand)

Best European Riesling
German Ambassador’s Perpetual Trophy - Weingut Georg Müller Stiftung - 2016 Hallgarten Riesling Alte Reben VDP.ORTSWEIN
(Class 14, Semi-dry, Rheingau, Germany)

Best American Riesling
USA Embassy Perpetual Trophy - Black Star Farms - 2017 Black Star Farms Arcturos Dry Riesling
(Class 10, Dry, Old Mission Peninsula, USA)

Best Canberra District Riesling
ACT Chief Minister’s Trophy - Mount Majura Vineyard -2018 Mount Majura Vineyard Riesling
(Class 1, Dry, Canberra District, Australia)

Best Tasmanian Riesling
Tamar Valley Wine Route Trophy - Goaty Hill Wines - 2017 Goaty Hill Riesling
(Class 4, Dry, Tasmania, Australia)

Wines of Provenance
Trevelen Farm Riesling – 2016, 2011, 2005 (Great Southern, Australia)

Wolf Blass Award
Neil and Andrew Pike, Pike’s Wines, Australia
Jim Trezise, USA

Encouragement Award for up and coming Australian Riesling Winemakers
Shaw Vineyard Estate - Daniel Hetherington, Capel Vale Wines

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