McLaren Vale WIne Show 2017 winners announced

Best Wine of Show and prestigious 'Bushing King' title awarded

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Kay Brothers – Colin Kay and Hillside Shiraz 2008 vintage
Kay Brothers 2016 Griffons Key Grenache


McLaren Vale’s Best Wine of Show and prestigious ‘Bushing King’ title was awarded at the 53rd annual MGA Insurance McLaren Vale Winemakers Bushing Lunch held at Serafino Wines.

The 2016 Kay Brothers Griffon’s Key Grenache was the highest scoring wine of the 2017 Wine Show as judged by an impressive panel of international and Australian judges including Emma Symington MW – Wine Australia UK, Fiona Donald – Seppeltsfield, Andrew Thomas - Thomas Wines and Virginia Willcock - Vasse Felix.

Chair of Judges, David LeMire MW has praised the quality of wines entered into this year’s Show, particularly the Grenache classes.

"The Grenache classes were exciting to judge. The brilliant resource of mature vines seems to be more valued by growers, makers, and drinkers than ever before,” said Mr LeMire.

This year’s McLaren Vale Wine Show received 757 entries from 101 producers, with 47 gold medals awarded to 27 different producers.

Building on the excitement of hosting the inaugural James Halliday Grenache Challenge, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch is thrilled the annual Wine Show continues to gain momentum and recognition in the Australian judging circuit.

“The McLaren Vale Wine Show showcases our premium wines, our unique place and our producer’s multi-generational stories,” said Ms Lynch.

“Our region’s Grenache history dates back to the 1800s so it is incredibly exciting to note the 2017 Best Wine of Show has been awarded to a Grenache wine and to one of our region’s oldest family-owned producers – Kay Brothers and winemaker Duncan Kennedy are very deserving recipients.”

All gold medal-winning wines will be available for public tasting in both Adelaide and Melbourne.

The ‘McLaren Vale meets Leigh Street’ pop-up event will be held on Friday November 10 in Adelaide, followed by an additional pop-up tasting event at Federation Square in Melbourne on Friday December 1.

2017 Wine Show – Signature Winners:

Most Successful Exhibitor, sponsored by St Martin   
Shingleback Wines

Best Small Producer, sponsored by Hewy’s Filtration
2016 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz

Best Single Vineyard Wine - any style other than Shiraz, sponsored by VinCru - A Division of E. E. Muir and Sons
2016 Kay Brothers Griffon’s Key Grenache

Best Single Vineyard Viticulturist, sponsored by G & J East
Duncan Kennedy – Kay Brothers

Best Single Vineyard Shiraz, sponsored by Torresans Estate
2016 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz

Best Grenache, sponsored by Parallax   
2016 Kay Brothers Griffon’s Key Grenache

Best Shiraz, sponsored by Lallemand
2016 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz

Best Cabernet Sauvignon, sponsored by Orora
2015 Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Wine Show – Icon Winners:

Best Museum Wine, sponsored by Willunga Basin Water Company
2012 Shingleback D Block Shiraz

Best McLaren Vale Icon Wine, sponsored by Wine Works
Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz 2014, 2010, 2004

International Judge's Wine of Show, sponsored by Vinpac International
2017 Graham Stevens Vintage Fortified Shiraz

Chairperson’s Trophy, sponsored by Visy
2016 Heirloom Grenache Touriga Tempranillo



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