The extraordinary success achieved by Tasmanian wines at this year’s Royal Hobart Wine Show was inspired by a group of winemakers who didn’t rate a mention on the winners’ list.

They are the team from Winemaking Tasmania, based at Cambridge, who produced the majority of the winning entries, including the biggest of the awards on offer.

The Wine Society’s Directors’ Selection Pinot Noir 2012, which was crafted by Winemaking Tasmania, scooped the pool being awarded the Best Pinot Noir in Show, the Best Red Wine in Show and the Best Wine in Show. This was against entries from across Australia, submitted by some of the nation’s leading brands.

Last month, the Directors’ Selection Pinot Noir won the trophy for the Best 2012 Pinot Noir at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

The Royal Hobart Wine Show, which was established in 1975, is now the second largest as well as one of the most prestigious wine shows in Australia, with entries judged by a panel of more than twenty experts from across the nation and overseas.

A 2012 Riesling made by Winemaking Tasmania for the Pressing Matters label, near Richmond, won the Best Tasmanian White Wine in Show.

At the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney recently, the Pressing Matters Riesling took out the trophy for the Best White Wine in Show amongst hundreds of entries from Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

A delighted Julian Alcorso, Managing Director of Winemaking Tasmania, said today wines produced by the firm’s winemakers won seven Trophies, thirteen Gold medals, twelve Silver and thirty five Bronze, making the contract winemaker the most successful exhibitor at the Royal Hobart Wine Show.

“Sixty eight percent of our clients were medal winners at this year’s event,” he said. “Wines we produced represented 32 percent of Tasmanian entries and we won 40% of all the medals.

“The dedication and skill of our winemakers has once again delivered award winning wines just as we have for the past twelve years. It’s an amazing record of achievement.”

However, Mr Alcorso said wines made by other Tasmanian winemakers were also setting new standards for Australian wine producers. Of the fourteen gold medals on offer in the Pinot Noir class, Tasmania had won all fourteen of them despite a wealth of entries from mainland producers. Nine were made by Winemaking Tasmania.

“We are blessed in this state with extraordinarily talented winemakers whose skill, combined with the best cold climate vineyards in the country, are helping to establish Tasmania as one of the niche wine growing regions of the world.”
Julian Alcorso