STRINGYBARK Winery won the main trophy at the Swan Valley Wine Show on Friday evening for its 2018 verdelho.
This topped off an excellent evening for the winery’s owners Bruce and Mary Cussen as they had collected awards earlier in the evening when their 2018 verdelho won the best verdelho category and the best 2018 dry white wine of the show.
Mr Cussen said they were regular entrants in the Swan Valley Wine Show and had previously won gold medals for their verdelho wines but to win the Singapore Airlines premium trophy for best table wine of the show could be compared with successfully climbing Mt Everest.
The vines on their Lower Chittering property are now between 35 to 40-years-old and as they are not irrigated he has to manage the yields.
But the lower yields meant more intense flavours.
“With the 2018 verdelho the depths and breadth of the flavour and structure of the wine together with the nose of it combined to make a great all-round wine,’’ he said.
The couple also grow chardonnay and cabernet grapes and have a restaurant where they only stock wines from the Swan Valley and the Perth Hills.
He said it appeared to have been an exceptional year for most of the area’s wine makers with the show’s judges awarding 20 medals.
The best sparkling wine award went to Sittella for its 2013 Marie Christien Lugten.
Sittella also won the best white wine or blend (other than verdelho)
With its 2012 museum silk and best red wine or blend (other than shiraz) and best Swan Valley red table wine with its 2017 tinta rouge.
The best small producer (less than 35 tonnes) category was won by Talijancich Wines – the winery also won the best fortified wine of the show for its 2007 pedro ximenes, the West Australian media award trophy for the most successful producer and the City of Swan trophy for the exhibitor whose five or more entries gained the highest average score.
Houghton’s small batch 2017 rojo grande won the best non-greater Perth zone wine (red or white).
The Alan Dinneen Memorial trophy was awarded to John Kosovich for their 2013 chenin blanc.
Faber Vineyard’s 2013 was named the best Swan Valley white table wine.
Oakover’s 2017 white label shiraz was named the best shiraz or shiraz dominant blend.
The Spirit of the Swan award was won by Casey Bryan, who for four years has blogged about the Swan Valley and its wines as a hobby.
Prior to the announcement of the best white wine of the show wine maker Rob Mann said the chenin blanc and verdelho wines made in the Swan Valley were not considered to be main varieties in the rest of Australia.
This provided an opportunity for Swan Valley wine makers to improve and promote those varieties to the rest of the country.
By Anita McInnes