Xanadu Wines caught the attention of a star-studded panel of judges on Wednesday to take out the most successful exhibitor prize at the 2012 Margaret River Wine Show.
The Boodjidup Road winery impressed the likes of world-famous wine connoisseur Steven Spurrier and Hong Kong-based master of wine Lisa Perotti-Brown to snare three of the show’s 12 trophies in addition to its Best Exhibitor honour.
Xanadu’s 2010 Reserve chardonnay was the one of two wines to take out multiple wins, capturing the Best White and Best Chardonnay trophies while its 2011 Lagan Valley Reserve chardonnay won the Best Single Vineyard White title.
Credaro Wines’ 2009 cabernet sauvignon also proved popular and won the Best Red Wine and Best Cabernet Sauvignon of the show.
Woodlands Wines’ 2012 Heather Jean cabernet sauvignon took out the Best Single Vineyard Red drop and Devil’s Lair’s Margaret River Hidden Cave cabernet shiraz proved victorious in the Best Cabernet Sauvignon predominant blend category.
Watershed Premium Wines snaffled the Best Blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion with its 2010 Shades sauvignon blanc semillon, the 2012 Amberly Secret Lane sauvignon blanc won the Best Sauvignon Blend category and Credaro Wines got in the action again by taking out the Best Shiraz trophy with its 2010 vintage.
Vasse Felix’s 2011 Classic Dry Red won the Best Other Blend or Varietal gong and Howling Wolves 2009 small batch chardonnay took out the Best Exhibition award.
Of the 725 entries into the show, 406 wines won medals with a “strike rate of 56 per cent – with 42 gold, 99 silver and 265 bronze,” Margaret River Wine Industry Association chief executive Nick Power said.
Woodlands Wines’ Jaden McLean received the Viticulture Excellence Award, which “represents the commitment to underlying philosophy that good wine can only be made from good vines,” Mr Power said.
Results will be available at www.margaretriverwine.org.au.