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First ever female winemaker at Sevenhill wins gold
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It’s official. The 2006 Sevenhill Clare Valley Riesling has won gold at the prestigious 2006 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Receiving the award was Sevenhill winemaker, Liz Heidenreich – the first female winemaker in the company’s esteemed 155-year history.
This year, the Royal Adelaide Wine Show attracted a staggering 2,834 entries from 402 wineries. Sevenhill took out the highly prized ‘JB Macmahon Trophy’ awarded to the Best White Wine under $20.
“The Clare Valley is known throughout the world, particularly for our quality Rieslings. So to win the award ahead of all the other white wine entries, including all other Clare Valley Riesling producers, is quite a feat,” said Liz.
The winning wine, a finely structured 2006 Sevenhill Clare Valley Riesling, displays typical orange blossom on the nose, while the palate exhibits characters of lime, rose petal and tropical fruit. A crisp, mineral finish completes the wine. Liz, a naturally instinctive winemaker, also cites dedication to careful viticulture and attention to detail as attributing factors in the glorious Sevenhill victory.
Established by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Sevenhill Cellars is the Clare Valley’s oldest winery. Originally set up to provide sacramental wine for religious purposes, today Sevenhill also produces a range of award-winning white, red and fortified wines — available at the winery and selected outlets.
Praise for the award also has to go to Sevenhill Cellars and Clare Valley icon, Brother John May SJ. Arriving at Sevenhill Cellars by the Jesuit Order in 1963, Brother John’s forty plus years as winemaker has been instrumental in making Sevenhill and the Clare Valley the revered place it is today. Still overseeing winemaking at Sevenhill, Brother John also regularly guides visitors through the historic winery and is a much loved ambassador of the popular winemaking region.
Even before the award, the 2006 Sevenhill Clare Valley Riesling is in great demand – with 2,000 cases already pre-sold to Norway. As word gets out about the prestigious trophy, demand for the Riesling will certainly escalate, so a warning to all white wine lovers “get in quick”.