Winemaker of the Year winners announced

Posted by Isobel Drake on 10th October 2008

Vineyard- Wine grapes

The chief winemaker with Yalumba has taken out the prestigious top honour in Gourmet Traveller Wine’s 2008 Winemaker of the Year Awards.

Louisa Rose beat seven other finalists to the coveted prize, with specific praise reserved for her flagship viognier, Yalumba The Virgilius as well as the Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling.

Helen McCarthy, a Clare Valley Winemaker, was awarded the Kemenys Medal, which recognises up-and-coming winemakers in the industry. Helen began her burgeoning career at Penfolds and is now in the position of senior winemaker at Taylors.

Ms McCarthy has had a remarkable year having also been nominated for the Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year Award and gained entry to the Len Evans tutorial – Australia’s most exclusive wine school.

The final award went to Robert Hill Smith, another Yalumba employee, who was recognised for leadership within the industry with the reception of the Len Evans Award. “(Mr) Hill Smith’s foresight and generosity make him a worthy recipient of this prestigious award,” the judges advised in a statement.

The judges of the award were Peter Forrestal (chairman), Peter Bourne, Sophie Otton, Nick Bulleid MW, Andrew Caillard MW and Huon Hooke.