The Barossa wine community is celebrating its strength, diversity and resilience today, after the announcement of the winners from the 2020 Barossa Wine Show.
“This year’s Show, shaped by the constraints of Covid-19, has given us a unique opportunity to really focus on the Barossa’s key constituencies.” Said Chair of Judges, Nick Ryan.
“We couldn’t go wide, so we went deep.
In those six classes judged we still saw the full range of the Barossa’s capabilities, beautiful wines that show an understanding of the history and traditions of this place and exciting wines that proclaim a willingness to chart new courses.”
The Orora Beverages Trophy for Most Outstanding Barossa Wine, Premium Classes (wine of show) was awarded to Cat Amongst the Pigeons 2018 Fat Cat Barossa Shiraz “a polished and poised shiraz. Contemporary, immediately appealing and possessing all the beguiling pleasures wine lovers look for when they seek out Barossa shiraz” said Mr Ryan.
Judged in The Barossa Cellar, home to The Barons of Barossa’s impressive collection of wines destined to age, this year’s show fittingly saw a record number of entries to the Wine of Provenance classes. The Peter Lehmann Perpetual Trophy (Outstanding Wines of Provenance) sponsored by Casella Family Brands, recognises wines which demonstrate consistent excellence throughout a span of at least 10 years. Most Outstanding White Wine of Provenance was awarded to Orlando Wines Steingarten Riesling 2011, 2015 and 2020 vintages. Most Outstanding Red Wine of Provenance went to Wolf Blass Wines Platinum Label Shiraz 2004, 2010, 2018.
“It’s really lovely and utterly appropriate that in this year, 2020, the year that we lost Colin Gramp, that the great Orlando Steingarten Riesling has won the trophy.” Commented Mr Ryan
The Trophy Presentation was streamed globally via barossawine.com and Barossa Wines’ social media channels. 6 official satellite celebration dinners were held at various Barossa restaurants, with many more private gatherings tuning into the presentation broadcast.
In another first, the Barossa Wine Show experience is available for the public to bring home. Collections drawn from the highest-scoring wines, including the trophy winners, are on sale for a limited time only via the Barossa Wine Show At Home Edition on barossawine.com/shop.
The Barossa Grape & Wine Association would like to extend their sincere thanks to the judges, committee, sponsors and volunteers, without whom navigating the complexities of running a wine show in 2020 would not be possible.