Saturday, August 13, 2011

Golden Grove turns more Golden

Shiraz has a love affair with granite soils so it certainly isn’t surprising that a Granite Belt winery has taken gold and top of class at one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional wine shows, the 2011 Cowra Wine Show.

At this year’s event, family owned Golden Grove Estate took acclaim with their 2009 Shiraz, produced from 40 year old vines. Winemaker, Ray Costanzo’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Vermentino (a Strange Bird alternative variety) were also not far behind securing bronze. (Check out the smile on Ray's face - winners are grinners!)

It has been a very successful month for Golden Grove. At the recent 2011 Wine Wise Awards, the 2009 Shiraz was awarded a silver medal. Dedicated to alternative varieties, Golden Grove also received silver for their 2010 Mediterranean Red, and bronze for their 2011 Vermentino.

The Wine Wise Awards, now in their 22nd year, also proved a victorious show for two other Granite Belt wineries. Jester Hill in Glen Aplin, was elated with a silver medal for their 2011 Touchstone Verdelho (Strange Bird) and bronze for their 2008 Touchstone Vintner's Reserve Shiraz and 2009 Shiraz.

Mark Ravenscroft, from Ravens Croft Wines also took bronze with a citrus and melon with well integrated oak influenced 2009 Chardonnay.