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Adelaide Hills shines on Australia’s biggest wine stage

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Adelaide Hills wines have won four major trophies at Australia’s most prestigious competition, the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.

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Sidewood Estate was awarded Best Sauvignon Blanc or Blend of Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc for its 2017 Sauvignon Blanc while Longview Vineyard took out three trophies. It is the first time a South Australian winery has won the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy in Melbourne.

It is continued recognition for the Adelaide Hills, which is gaining a global reputation as a leading cool climate wine region.

Longview won the Best Rose trophy for its 2017 Nebbiolo Rosato ($25) at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards while its 2017 Iron Knob Riesling ($21) won trophies for Best Riesling and Best Single Vineyard Wine.

Last year Sidewood’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc was awarded Best White Wine at the New World International Wine Challenge USA.

The 2017 vintage, which sells for about AU$20 a bottle, is made from single vineyard grapes grown at Sidewood’s Mappinga Road block near Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills.

Sidewood, which also makes cider, was last month awarded the title of World’s Best Pear Cider at the 2017 World Cider Awards.

Sidewood Estate owner Owen Inglis said the hard work began with his viticultural team led by Mark Vella and was finished off by head winemaker Darryl Catlin, who he described as a ‘genius’.

“To bring the Sav Blanc Trophy to South Australia and the Adelaide Hills for the first time puts a huge smile on my face,” Inglis said.

“I set up in the (Adelaide) Hills because I have loved the region since I was a kid and have always thought we could make the best cool climate wines in the country, if not the world.

“I am sure the region and hopefully Sidewood will pick up more and more trophies as time moves on.”

South Australia and Australia’s best-known wine region, Barossa, also lived up to its name when Turkey Flat’s 2016 Grenache ($30) took out the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy for Best Young Red as well as the Trophy for Best Grenache.

McLaren Vale’s Cockfighters Ghost Single Vineyard 2016 Sangiovese won the Best Single Varietal Red Trophy while Langhorne Creek’s Oddfellows 2015 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded the trophy for Best Shiraz/Cabernet.

South Australia is consistently responsible for about 50 per cent of Australia’s annual production and produces more than 75 per cent of the nation’s premium wine.

There are 18 wine regions in South Australia, including the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Limestone Coast and Riverland.

More than 200 cellar doors are within an hour’s drive of the city centre of Adelaide.


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