Bleasdale caps great year with Max Schubert Trophy in Adelaide

Chris Losh

Chris Losh

28 September 2018

A bargain Bleasdale Vineyards Shiraz from Langhorne Creek region has outshone big-name rivals from more famous regions to take the top award at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

The Max Schubert Trophy is awarded to the Most Outstanding Red Wine at the show, and is one of the most prestigious wine awards in Australia.

Judging at the wine event in the heart of Australia’s wine country takes place over four days, with a large team of top tasters assessing over 2,700 wines – a quarter of them Shiraz.

Retailing in Australia for $35 (around £20), Bleasdale Generations Shiraz 2016 is made from parcels of Bleasdale’s best vineyards. After 12 months in French puncheons, there is further barrel selection, meaning production is small, but highly curated.

As well as the Max Schubert Trophy, the Generations Shiraz also took home the Best Shiraz in Show title at Adelaide.

It caps an impressive couple of months for the winery, which has previously picked up trophies at large wine shows in Perth and Sydney, while the same Generations Shiraz was best-scoring Shiraz at the Hobart Wine Show last month.

Bleasdale winemaker Paul Hotker was last year named Winemaker of the Year by James Halliday in his 2018 Companion wine guide and has relished the last few months’ success.

Bleasdale senior winemaker Paul Hotker
Bleasdale senior winemaker Paul Hotker

‘It’s always nice to win at home,’ said Hotker. ‘The Shiraz trophy in Adelaide is a great trophy to win – and we just won the Cabernet Blend trophy in Perth [with the Frank Potts Cabernet Blend] and that’s the other one that’s really hard to get with Margaret River down the road.’

Langhorne Creek is around 100km south-east of Adelaide. It produces more wine than McLaren Vale, but less than the Barossa, and tends to be overshadowed by its famous neighbours, making it a good place to go looking for bargains.

“Shiraz does really well in Langhorne Creek and it has done for a long time,’ said Hotker. ‘It just doesn’t have the reputation of the Barossa.’

The Royal Adelaide Wine Show also saw a resurgence in Chardonnay. Chair of Judges, Yalumba’s Louisa Rose, described it as being in ‘a purple patch at the moment, with diversity, charm, balance and composure.’

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