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Sweet Tasmanian success at Tri-Nations Wine Challenge 2008
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It’s often said good things come in small parcels – that is certainly the case for the Tamar Ridge Botrytis Riesling 2006 awarded the Trophy for ‘Best Dessert Wine’ (Class13) at the Tri-Nations Wine Challenge, announced last week in Sydney.
This latest accolade is another feather in the cap for this dessert-style wine that is gaining strong recognition, both in Australia and abroad. This week it was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2008 Royal Hobart International Wine Show (Class 21). The predecessor 2005 vintage won a Trophy and Gold Medal at the 2007 International Wine Challenge in London and Best Sweet Wine Trophy at the 2007 Tasmanian Wine Show.
‘There is no longer any doubt in my mind that north-east Tasmania has the capacity to produce dessert-style Rieslings to rival the legendary late harvest wines of Germany,’ commented Dr Andrew Pirie, Chief Winemaker and Chief Executive of Tamar Ridge Estates.
‘The harvest conditions in 2006 in the Tamar Valley mirrored classic years in the northern hemisphere, and so does this wine. It is an exciting and elegant expression of a ‘noble rot’ botrytis affected dessert wine.’
The Tri-Nations Wine Challenge is the only wine competition in the world where entries are invited by the judging panel, chaired by UK wine figure Robert Joseph. The other judges umpiring the 321 invited ‘players’ are James Halliday (Australia), Bob Campbell MW (NZ) and Michel Fridjhon (South Africa).
The Tamar Ridge Botrytis Riesling 2006 was rated 94 Points in the 2009 edition of Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion and described as ‘hyper-concentrated, rich and luscious.’ Notably, there were four Tasmanian Late Harvest Rieslings in this category, including the Tamar Ridge wine.