Houghton again scoops top honour at WA Wine Show
The Houghton Wine Company has been recognised as the Best Wine of the Show at the prestigious QANTAS Wine Show of Western Australia.
The awards, now in their 31st year, judges the best of the WA wine industry. The judging panel is led by respected wine critic and wine writer James Halliday and senior judge Vanya Cullen.
Houghton’s took the honour for the second year running with their 2007 Wisdom Chardonnay. The Wisdom Chardonnay also claimed the Portavin Trophy for Best White Wine.
“The 2007 chardonnay class was very strong,” Ms Cullen said, according to AAP. “I think Houghtons are doing fantastic things with their white wines, and their chardonnays in particular.” The WA 2007/08 vintage had produced excellent quality wine with more depth of flavour than in recent years, Ms Cullen added.
The Australia Post Trophy for the Best Red at the show went to Flametree Wines for their 2007 Margaret River Cabernet Merlot, while the ANZ Corporate Banking Trophy went to Evans & Tate for being the most successful exhibitor over all classes.
The other winners on the night included:
SHIRE OF PLANTAGENET TROPHY (Most successful exhibitor under 250 tonnes of grapes)
LANDMARK TROPHY (Winery with the highest aggregate for 3 top pointed wines)
Houghton Wine Company
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & FOOD – JS GLADSTONES TROPHY (Best and most distinctive regional character)
Houghton Wine Company, 2004 Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon, Great Southern
VINTAGE CELLARS TROPHY (Best Shiraz)
Sandalford Wines, 2004 Estate Reserve Shiraz
IAN TYRER TROPHY, sponsored by the Great Southern Wine Producers Association (Best Cabernet Sauvignon)
Goundrey Wines, 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
GREAT SOUTHERN REGION MARKETING ASSOCIATION TROPHY (Best Pinot Noir)
Old Kent River, 2007 Pinot Noir
NEALE WARNEFORD TROPHY (Best Red Blend)
Flametree Wines, 2007 Margaret River Cabernet Merlot
LA VIGNA LIQUOR MERCHANTS, MT LAWLEY TROPHY (Best Fortified Wine)
Sandalford Wines, Sandalera Pedro Ximines
COSPAK (WA) / O-I TROPHY (Best Older Red Wine)
Houghton Wine Company, 2004 Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon
WRIGHT FELDHUSEN ARCHITECTS TROPHY (Best Chardonnay)
Houghton Wine Company, 2007 Wisdom Chardonnay
SILVERLOCK PACKAGING / O-I GLASS TROPHY (Best 2008 Riesling)
Howard Park, 2008 Riesling
BUCHER VASLIN / SWAT WINERY SUPPLIES TROPHY (Best White Blend)
Karribindi, 2008 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
LABELMAKERS GROUP WA / PAM McGREGOR TROPHY (Best Aged Riesling)
Oranje Tractor, 2003 Albany Riesling