Created in 1996 to build awareness of the quality of wines produced in NSW, the NSW Wine Awards have become an indicator of the growth and diversity of the NSW wine industry and the potential of new regions within New South Wales.
The recent 2018 NSW Wine Awards, saw 16 expert judges from across Australia taste a record number of nearly 900 wines over three days, resulting in 402 medal winning wines, of which 51 were gold medal winners. Of the gold medal winners, 27 of them were from the Hunter Valley - shared between Hungerford Hill, Sweetwater Estate, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Tyrrell's Wines, Brokenwood Wines, First Creek Wines, Mount Pleasant Wines, Thomas Wines and Silkman Wines.
At the final awards ceremony held at Government House on 19 October, Mount Pleasant Wines 2017 Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz championed over the others to be given the title of overall Best Dry Red and awarded the ultimate title of 2018 NSW Wine of the Year and claim the ‘NSW Governor’s Trophy for Best in Show’.
Chair of Judges Dave Brookes commented on the Best in Show winner, “This is a wine of impeccable pedigree, purity and balance and one that highlights what the Hunter Valley does best – medium bodied, savoury red wines that are approachable and delicious in their youth yet have everything that is needed for a noble life in the cellar with spectacular results.”
Other Hunter Wines making the list of 2018 NSW Wine Awards Trophies were:
Best Shiraz - Mount Pleasant Wines 2017 Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz
Best Other Red Varieties - Tamburlaine Wines 2017 Orange Reserve Malbec
Best Red Blend - Sweetwater Estate 2017 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Organic Wine - Tamburlaine Wines 2017 Orange Reserve Malbec