Australian Chardonnay's star continues to rise

Results are in from the 2015 Royal Queensland Food and Wine show

Media release

July 03rd, 2015


A Hunter Valley 2014 Chardonnay from First Creek Wines has taken out the Courier-Mail Grand Champion Wine of Show at the Royal Queensland Wine Show Awards in Brisbane.

"This wine shows great balance and finesse, while revealing layers of underlying complexity" explained Chief Judge PJ Charteris.

"It shows its fruit character clearly while fulfilling the definition of the contemporary style of Australian Chardonnay."

Chardonnay and Shiraz continue to go from strength to strength with the historic Stodart Trophy, for Best Young Red of Show, going to the 2014 Bandit Shiraz from Houghton Wines in Western Australia.

"I'm also enthusiastic about Australian Riesling," Mr Charteris said. "Riesling continues to perform well, but is somewhat under-appreciated by consumers.

"This variety represents seriously great value for money for what is a high quality product, so there are some real wins there for consumers who are in the know."

The Brisbane Club Best Riesling of Show went to Orlando Wines for its 2015 St Helga Eden Valley Riesling.

The judges were also impressed with the Grenache and Rhone style blends which showed 'great varietal characters, vibrancy and drinkability'.

"Consumers should embrace these blends for their food-matching versatility," he said. "It's also terrific to see Queensland wines performing well, particularly with red varieties like Tempranillo."

Golden Grove Estate took out two trophies for its 2014 Joven Tempranillo – Best Queensland Wine of Show and the John Chandler Memorial for Best Other Single Varietal Red of Show, highlighting the potential of this variety in Queensland.

"I am extremely pleased, particularly with the increase in exhibitors," he said. "It's not so much about the number of entries we receive (which increased by 7.5 per cent this year), but the increase in wineries choosing to enter their wines.

"This is exciting because we had 25 more Australian wineries enter this year, bringing the total to 291 and 2,186 entries."

The introduction of a sixth panel of judges was also well received. "This simply allowed our judges more time to dedicate to each wine and more time for critical review, with each judge tasting no more than 110 wines per day."

The public then had the chance to be judges at the 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show Grape Grazing by Night Event on the 3rd July.


The 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show Bursary was won by Mike Hayes.  Mike winner will attend the Advanced Wine Assessment Course facilitated by the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide. 

The bursary aims to prepare upcoming Queensland winemakers by developing and finessing their sensory analysis capabilities.

Mike has been involved in the Wine Industry for 34 years. His first job in the industry was at just 15 when, for 7 months, he was on the chipping hoe in a vineyard. Since his early beginnings, Mike has worked in 16 regions, 4 states and 2 countries in the wine industry.

He has been involved with all aspects of the industry from winemaking, viticulture, lecturing, wine marketing, import and export, retail, promotions and consulting. 

Mike is currently the winemaker/viticulturist for Symphony Hill Wines at Ballandean on the Granite Belt.




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