TOPPER’S Mountain Wines, near Tingha, hit the jackpot at last month’s 2013 New England Wine Show, winning three awards, including the top gong.
The winery was named Champion Winery, winning the Whish Family Trophy for the Best Wine of the Show (joint) and trophies for Best New England Geographical Indicator Wine of the Show and Best Aromatic White Wine of the Show at the 2013 New England Wine Show.
The trophy-winning wine was the 2013 Topper’s Mountain Gewurztraminer.
In addition to these trophies, the wine was awarded the Chief Steward’s Pick of Golds – recognition for a gold medal-winning wine, with an element of the judge’s decision based on the winegrower’s service to the local industry.
“It was a very exciting awards night,” Topper’s Mountain owner and vigneron Mark Kirkby said.
“We have been having some success with our Gewurztraminer over the past few vintages, but to be awarded joint Best Wine of the Show was particularly rewarding.”
This is the second year running that the Topper’s Mountain Gewurztraminer has been awarded the Best New England Wine of the Show as well as the Best Aromatic White Wine of the Show.
“The vineyard is coming into its own. With an elevation of 900 metres and long, cool ripening over the past few seasons, winemaker Mike Hayes and I are getting the hang of coaxing the best out of this variety,” Mr Kirkby said.
The judges for the ninth annual New England Wine Show comprised Bloodwood Wines owner and winemaker Stephen Doyle, winemaker and consultant Mike DeGaris and Serafino winemaker Charles Whish.
Comments from the judges reflected the ageing of the vineyards and the increased quality of the wines from our region, designated a standalone wine-growing area like Margaret River or the Hunter Valley under the name New England Australia, in early 2008.
“It’s heartening to see such solid progression over the past decade,” Mr Doyle, a cool-climate winemaker from Orange, said.