Avaarina Estate marketing manager Blair Hill. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian.
Avaarina Estate marketing manager Blair Hill. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian.

The 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show has been a triumph for WA producers with nine of the 19 trophies awarded for individual wines against all-comers going to wines made in this State.

The success story of the show was Margaret River's Aravina Estate which won five trophies including best wine of the show for its chardonnay 2013. Aravina's other trophies were for the best white table wine and best chardonnay, and also for the best WA white wine and best WA wine overall.

Aravina Estate is the reincarnation of the Amberley Estate vineyard which was bought by WA mining industry man Steve Tobin from Accolade Wines several years ago.

In April this year I wrote this wine up in the Weekend West with these comments: Lavish and stylish Margaret River chardonnay showing how far this producer has come in recent years. Has a nutty creamy nose with some spicy floral attributes. On the palate you start to get a taste of Margaret River power, but it's delivered with a degree of refinement and stylish restraint. Still has the power that is the hallmark of the region.

Score: 93/100

The show was a real success for some of WA's smaller producers and among the wins were several surprises.

In particular was Margaret River's Ashbrook Estate, which won a trophy for its 2014 riesling, a variety that is not generally associated with the region but which has been championed by Ashbrook for a number of years.

Another small producer's success - literally - was that of John Small's Smallwater Estate which won the hotly contested trophy for the best shiraz of the show against some of the biggest names in the country with its shiraz 2013. This wine has already scored a number of other show successes and points to the considerable potential for shiraz from the Geographe region.

Other trophies not restricted solely to WA wines included the West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2013 (Best Dry Red Varietal), the Ibizan Semillon sauvignon blanc 2014 (Best Dry White Table Wine and Best Semillon sauvignon blanc) and the Millbrook Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Best sauvignon blanc).

Other trophies won by WA producers included the Amelia Park Reserve cabernet sauvignon 2012 (Best WA Dry Red), Houghton Wines (Most successful WA producer) and Mandoon Estate (Most successful WA producer processing less than 300 tones).

The Perth Wine show also ended the show judging career of the show chairman Brian Croser who said he "had decided to hang up his palate after 40 years of show judging". He said he was particularly impressed with the quality of the chardonnays and shiraz, which both showed great finesse demonstrating how far these varieties had come in Australia.

"Australian winemakers are reinventing theee4 styles and the award winners were world class," he said.


Perth Royal Wine Show 2014 results:

Most Successful Exhibitor

McWilliam's Wines

Best Wine of the 2014 Show

Aravina Estate Chardonnay 2013

Most Successful West Australian Exhibitor

Houghton Wines

The Trophy for Exhibitor whose 5 or more judged entries gain the highest average points.

Lake Breeze Wines

Most Successful West Australian Exhibitor processing under 300 tonnes

Mandoon Estate

Best West Australian Wine

Aravina Estate Chardonnay 2013 Vintage, in Class 6

Best Fortified Wine

Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Tokay Non Vintage, in Class 82

Best Red Table Wine

Lake Breeze Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Best White Table Wine

Aravina Estate Chardonnay 2013

Best West Australian Dry Red Table Wine

Amelia Park Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Best Dry Red Table Wine

Bleasdale Frank Potts 2013

Best 2012 Vintage Dry Red Table Wine

Lake Breeze Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Best Dry Red Varietal

West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2013

Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Best Pinot Noir

Montalto Teurong Block Pinot Noir 2013

Best Shiraz

Smallwater Estate Shiraz 2013

Best Western Australian White Table Wine

Aravina Estate Chardonnay 2013


Best Sparkling Wine

House of Arras Grand Vintage 2004

Best 2014 Vintage Dry White Table Wine

Pewsey Vale Vineyard Riesling 2014

Best Sweet White Table Wine

d'Arenberg The Noble Wrinkled 2011

Best Dry White Table Wine (Blends)

Ibizan Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Best Semillon Sauvignon Blanc/ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Ibizan Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Best Dry White Varietal

Princess Butterfly Marsanne 2013

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Millbrook Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Best Chardonnay

Aravina Estate Chardonnay 2013

Best Semillon

McGuigan Vineyard Select Semillon 2005

Best Riesling

Ashbrook Estate Riesling 2014

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