Usually, when someone puts “international” in a headline, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a worldwide phenomenon. Kind of like when you see those cafes offering “world’s best coffee!”
However, this year’s Melbourne International Wine Competition was a truly global event; with thousands of entries from all over the world (we counted at least ten different countries during the judging).
It’s a lead-in to the massive Asia International Wine Competition in September, and the entire festival is different from other competitions, as the judges are all from within the wine trade.
There were judges from some of Australia’s biggest wine traders, as well as some of the country’s more boutique wine merchants, and even sommeliers from some of our favourite restaurants.
In other words, it was a huge deal for local wine producers like us.
So it was an even bigger deal that the judges placed two of our wines at the top of the competition!
And the winners are:
GOLD: our 2015 Millon Estate “The Impressionist” Riesling
AWARDED: Eden Valley Riesling of the Year
As one of our most approachable and affordable Rieslings, we were ecstatic that the judges voted our 2015 Impressionist Riesling as the best in its category.
Sure, we’re biased, but we’ve always thought that this wine was special, so it’s wonderful to hear that the aficionados in the judging panel all agree.
The beautiful hills of the Eden Valley are the perfect place to craft a cool-climate wine like this Riesling, and its lovely acidic notes and citrus flavours make it the perfect accompaniment to rich, slightly spicy foods – or just catching up with friends after work.
SILVER: Our 2015 “Artiste” Merlot
AWARDED: Eden Valley Merlot of the Year
Our “Artiste” range of wines is an ode to our master winemaker - the artist behind all of our wines.
So it may come as no surprise that our complex and robust (for a Merlot) “Artiste” Merlot placed silver on the podium in the Merlot category.
Our 2015 “Artiste” Merlot is a perfect wine for this time of year, and it pairs wonderfully with an open fire and a few logs of Australian hardwood. Alternatively, it’s also an excellent choice for any dinner party.
While we’re still reeling from a double podium finish, there’s no time to rest on our laurels, as the next big competition on the Australian wine industry calendar is just around the corner, so we’re busy getting ready for the next one.
Sure, winning isn’t everything, and that’s not why we make our wines - but who doesn’t love a bit of bling?
Additional medals from the Melbourne International Wine Competition:
Artiste Chardonnay 2015: Silver
Artiste Riesling 2015: Silver
Artiste South Face Riesling 2015: Silver
Artiste Cabernet Sauvignon 2015: Bronze
Artiste Shiraz 2015: Bronze
Impressionist Chardonnay 2015: Silver
Impressionist Tempranillo 2016:Bronze