Tag: Jimmy Watson Trophy

Dec 12 2012

50 Wines to Try in 2013: Number 2 – Best’s Great Western Shiraz Bin 1 2011

Posted on December 12, 2012 | By merrill@cellarit.com

The Jimmy Watson Trophy, awarded each year in October to the best one or two year old dry red wine by the judges of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, is the most coveted wine award in Australia. This year Best’s Great Western Shiraz Bin 1 2011 not only picked up the Jimmy Watson, but also won the Victorian Trophy for Best Victorian Table Wine and the inaugural Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz in Show. Pretty impressive for a wine that retails for around $25 a bottle!

Winning the Jimmy Watson can be life-changing, not just for the winery but for the region as whole. The judges, which this year numbered 37 and included several international wine experts, seem to be very good at recognising potential.

When Cape Mentelle won the Jimmy Watson back-to-back for its 1982 and 1983 dry red claret, it focused the world’s attention on Margaret River as a top producer of cabernet sauvignon. Last year the wine world was abuzz when Glaetzer-Dixon picked up the Jimmy Watson for its Mon Père Shiraz 2010. Not only was it the first time that a Tasmanian winery has ever picked up the prestigious gong, but before Glaetzer-Dixon’s win hardly anyone had recognised the potential of Tasmania for producing superb cool-climate shiraz! (How winning the Jimmy Watson can put not just a winery but a whole region on the map! Cellarit Wine Blog, 1 February 2012)

Like last year’s winner, Best’s Great Western Shiraz Bin 1 2011 is also an example of a medium bodied cool-climate shiraz. While the wine hails from an area predominated with shiraz plantings, some of which are over 140 years old, the Great Western region is somewhat of a quiet achiever. The last time a wine from the area won the Jimmy Watson … Read the rest

Feb 02 2011

Wolf Blass Black Label: Still Setting the Benchmark for Red Blended Wine

Posted on February 02, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Wolf Blass Black Label, a cabernet shiraz blend, has won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy four times. The first win was back in 1974 and given to the Wolf Blass Wines Dry Claret 1973, the very first vintage of the wine. Wolf Blass Wines Dry Claret went on to pick up consecutive trophies for the 1974 and 1975 vintages. Twenty-three years later, when the wine had been relabled as Wolf Blass Black Label, the 1998 vintage scored the Jimmy Watson Trophy for an unprecedented fourth time.

Today, the wine is still being lauded as one of Australia’s great expressions of the uniquely Australian cabernet shiraz blend. The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown singled out Wolf Blass Black Label as a highlight of the cabernet shiraz blends presented at last September’s Wine Australia Landmark Tutorial:

Six of the fourteen wines that were presented to us were Cabernet / Shiraz blends. Amongst the most impressive examples were the Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet / Shirazes from 1987 and 2006. I thought these two wines most clearly demonstrated how well these grapes can complement one another in the South Australian context, with Cabernet lending structural backbone and freshness of flavor profile and acidity when combined with Shiraz’s voluptuous richness. (Shiraz and The Great Australian Blend – Landmark Tutorial Day 2 by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com, January 2011)

The Black Label Cabernet Shiraz is the benchmark of Wolf Blass’s red wine portfolio. According to the winery, up to 800 different parcels of fruit, typically from super premium Langhorne Creek and Barossa vineyards, are classified (numerous times from vine to post maturation) and the best possible final blend is then constructed. The components of the blend spend a total of 24 months in new and old French and American oak before blending and bottling, … Read the rest

Oct 10 2010

The Hilltops Region: Redefining Australian Shiraz!

Posted on October 10, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

When the Eden Road Long Road Hilltops Shiraz 2009 won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2009 it caused a bit of a stir.  Not only was it only the second wine from NSW to win arguably Australia’s most prestigious wine award, but the grapes were sourced from the Moppity Vineyards in the Hilltops region near Young.

Typically the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale regions of Australia are associated with Australia’s best shiraz, but the Canberra District and Hilltop wineries are now consistently demonstrating that these cool-climate regions can make an equally powerful and flavourful shiraz in a more elegant style.

Moppity Vineyards has also won a string of top awards with its Hilltops Shiraz, which is made from 30 year old vines. The 2006 vintage won the top gold in its class at the London International Wine & Spirit Competition, and the Reserve Shiraz 2008 recently won the trophy for Best Medium bodied Dry Red at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2010.

While the Hilltops region has recently gained prominence as one of Australia’s most exciting new wine regions, Barwang, in fact, first started growing grapes in Hilltops in 1969. Today, it continues to make quality wines at reasonable prices, and is also leading the way in sustainable vineyard and winery practices. Other top wineries include Grove Estate, Binbilla and Chalkers Crossing.

Grove Estate is run by viticulturist Brian Mullany and the wines are made by Richard Parker, and Tim Kirk of Clonakilla fame. In addition to the highly regarded The Cellar Block Shiraz Vionier, Grove Estate also makes the award winning Sommita Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo is the grape of both Barola and Barbaresco, Italy’s most noble wines.

“It’s important to me that when you drink Chalkers Crossing wine you get a true sense … Read the rest