Gold medal and finalises in the 2018 NSW Wine Awards announced

Trophy winners to be presented on the 19th October

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Angullong cellar door, Orange, New South Wales

Angullong cellar door, Orange, New South Wales

Printhie Wines cellar door, Orange, New South Wales
Australian female wine maker of the year, Emma Norbiato with Bill Calabria
Grapes from the Tyrell Wines Vineyards, Hunter Valley
The crushing of the gapes at Brokenwood, Hunter Valley


The finalists of the 2018 NSW Wine Awards have been revealed, raising the anticipation of who will be awarded one of the top Trophies at the 23rd annual NSW Wine Awards Presentation on the 19th October at Government House Sydney.

When talking about the 2018 judging process, Chair of Judges Dave Brookes said, “The quality, dedication and professionalism of the panel chairs, judges and associates at this year’s NSW Wine Awards ensured some fantastic results and certainly made my job easier. The hospitality and rich history of the wonderful Southern Highlands wine region, where the judging took place from 11 to 13 September, has also made sure that the 2018 NSW Wine Awards will be a truly memorable event.”

The vigorous judging process, which saw 16 expert judges from across Australia taste a record number of nearly 900 wines over 3 days, has unveiled 402 medal winning wines, 51 of which are Gold Medal winners.

Dave Brookes confirmed, “The medal results shine a light on the state’s diversity of wine styles and the quality of a pleasing run of excellent vintages. Current release Rieslings from Canberra and Mudgee were a highlight as were the Shiraz releases from a number of regions, from classic medium-weight Hunter Valley to funky-edged whole-bunch wines. Chardonnay continues to be on a roll with pristine and elegant wines on display from the Hunter Valley and Orange.”

“A revelation this year was the overall quality and pleasing number of gold medals in the alternative red varieties with stunning examples of Malbec, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. These wines inherent drinkability and versatility in the food/wine matching stakes is bound to be a hit with the wine consumer and these wine styles have a bright future in the state.”

The 51 Gold Medal finalists – detailed below – will now move on to the next stage of the Awards, where the top 2018 Trophy winners will be announced at an exclusive Awards Presentation on 19th October. This Presentation will take place for the first time at Government House Sydney. This impressive venue honours firstly the significance of the NSW Wine Awards, secondly the celebration of the NSW wine industry’s 190th anniversary and lastly, but not least, the continued support of our wine industry by the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d).

Who do you think will take home the stunning ‘NSW Governor’s Best in Show’ Trophy and the ultimate title of 2018 NSW Wine of the Year?

All Preliminary medal results can be found here » 

 The Gold Medal winners are:
(listed alphabetically)

  1. Angullong Wines 2017 Fossil Hill Rosato, Orange
  2. Bimbadgen 2013 Signature Semillon, Hunter Valley
  3. Brokenwood Wines 2018 Semillon, Hunter Valley
  4. Brokenwood Wines 2013 Stanleigh Park Semillon, Hunter Valley
  5. Calabria Family Wines 2017 Private Bin Montepulciano, Riverina
  6. Calabria Family Wines 2017 Trimboli Black Duck Durif , Riverina
  7. Cockfighters Ghost 2017 Reserve Semillon , Hunter Valley
  8. De Bortoli Wines 2016 Noble One Semillon, Riverina
  9. Dee Vine Estate 2018 2 Monkeys Cabernet Merlot, Riverina
  10. Dee Vine Estate 2018 2 Monkeys Shiraz, Riverina
  11. De Iuliis Wines 2017 Steven Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley
  12. De Iuliis Wines 2017 Special Release Sangivoese, Hilltops
  13. De Iuliis Wines 2018 Sangiovese Merlot, Hunter Valley
  14. First Creek Wines 2018 Winemakers Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley
  15. First Creek Wines 2017 Single Vineyard Murphys Semillon,  Hunter Valley
  16. Freeman Vineyards 2014 Secco Rondinella / Corvina, Hilltops
  17. Hart & Hunter 2017 Twenty Six Rows Chardonnay, Hunter Valley
  18. Hungerford Hill 2017 Epic Shiraz, Hunter Valley
  19. Margan Family Wines 2014 Aged Release Shiraz, Hunter Valley
  20. McGuigan 2013 Bin 9000 Semillon, Hunter Valley
  21. McGuigan 2018 Bin 9000 Semillon, Hunter Valley
  22. McWilliam's Wines 2017 Alternis Tempranillo, Gundagai
  23. McWilliam's Wines 2017 Alternis Touriga, Riverina
  24. Moppity Vineyards 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Hilltops
  25. Mount Majura Vineyard 2018 Riesling, Canberra
  26. Mount Pleasant Wines 2017 Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz, Hunter Valley
  27. Mount Pleasant Wines 2017 High Paddock Shiraz, Hunter Valley
  28. Nick O’Leary 2018 White Rocks Riesling, Canberra
  29. Nick O’Leary 2017 Shiraz, Canberra
  30. Nugan Estate 2016 Cookoothama Botrytis Darlington Point Semillon  , Riverina
  31. Printhie Wines NV Swift Cuvee Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Orange
  32. Silkman Wines 2017 Reserve Chardonnay , Hunter Valley
  33. Sweetwater Estate 2014 Shiraz, Hunter Valley
  34. Sweetwater Estate 2017 Shiraz, Hunter Valley
  35. Sweetwater Estate 2017 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, Hunter Valley
  36. Tamburlaine Wines 2017 Orange Cabernet Sauvignon , Orange
  37. Tamburlaine Wines 2017 Hunter Valley Reserve Shiraz, Hunter Valley
  38. Tamburlaine Wines 2017 Orange Reserve Shiraz, Orange
  39. Tamburlaine Wines 2017 Orange Reserve Merlot, Orange
  40. Tamburlaine Wines 2017 Orange Reserve Malbec, Orange
  41. Tamburlaine Wines 2017 Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Orange
  42. Thomas Wines 2013 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon, Hunter Valley
  43. Trentham Estate Wines 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Murray Darling (NSW)
  44. Tulloch Wines 2017 Cellar Door Release Tempranillo, Orange
  45. Tulloch Wines 2018 Cellar Door Release Sangiovese, Hilltops / Young
  46. Two Rivers Wines 2017 Yarrawa Road Chardonnay, Hunter Valley
  47. Tyrrell's Vineyards 2013 Belford Semillon, Hunter Valley
  48. Tyrrell's Vineyards 2013 Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley
  49. Tyrrell's Vineyards 2014 Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley
  50. Tyrrell's Vineyards 2015 Vat 47 Chardonnay, Hunter Valley
  51. Tyrrell's Vineyards 2017 Belford Chardonnay, Hunter Valley


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