A FORTIFIED wine true to the character of the Swan Valley has earned Houghton Wines the coveted wine award, the JS Gladstones Trophy, at the Wine Show of WA.
The show only judges WA wines and was held on Friday, October 5 at West Cape Howe Winery in Mount Barker.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development research, development and innovation managing director Mark Sweetingham said the JS Gladstones Trophy recognised the wine with the best and most distinctive regional character.
“The trophy, sponsored by the department, honours the contribution of Dr John Gladstones and his scientific work in identifying and helping to establish the fine wine regions of the state’s South West,” he said.
“The award also promotes excellence in viticulture and wine making.
“The winning wine was Houghton NV Cellar Reserve Rare Liqueur, which has a concentrated sweet style with Christmas cake and raisin notes, and a long and supple finish that lingers.”
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan presented the trophy.