Boutique Wines Awards 2015

The Boutique Wine Awards for 2015 were announced on Friday at a trophy lunch held at Doltone House in Pyrmont. New Zealand’s winemaker Frank Manifold of Mount Brown Estates in Waipara took out Wine of Show and Red Wine of Show Estate Grown and Produced for his Mount Brown Estates Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2013.

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White Wine of Show, the Max Lake Memorial Trophy was won for the second consecutive year by Western Australian Geograph Region winemaker Darryn Rigg for his 52stones Barrel Select Chardonnay 2014.

Since 1996, the Boutique Wine Awards give Australia and New Zealand’s very small wine companies the opportunity to gain recognition for the quality of their wines. The event also marked the 20th anniversary of the Boutique Wine Awards.

To be eligible to enter, wWine companies must produce less than 250 tonnes annually and be independently owned. Of the 1000 boutique entries, 90% were Australian and 10% came from New Zealand. The judges awarded 15 trophies, 43 Gold medals, 106 silver medals and 336 bronze medals.

Master of Ceremonies, Paul Meyer welcomed guests then a four course meal was served with all trophy wines to taste. Awards Chairman Huon Hooke announced and presented the trophies with CEO Judith Kennedy announcing the Wine of Show.

The winners are:

Wine of Show: Mount Brown Estates Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2013
Red Wine of Show: Mount Brown Estates Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 20134
White Wine of Show: 52stones barrel Select Chardonnay 2014

Best Sparkling White Wine : Box Grove Vineyard Roussanne 2011
Best Semillon: Coolangatta Estate, Estate Grown Semillon 2009
Best Riesling: Tertini Wines PPC Riesling 2013
Best Sauvignon Blanc: Preveli Wines Wild Thing Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Best Chardonnay: 52Stones Barrel Select Chardonnay 2014
Best White Wine Blends: Knee Deep Wines Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014
Best White Wine Varieties: Symphony Hills Wines Viognier 2014
Best Merlot: Hickinbotham Coffee Rock Merlot 2010
Best Pinot Noir: Mount Brown Estates Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2013
Best Shiraz: Mandoon Estate Frankland Estate Reserve Shiraz 2013
Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Woody Nook Wines Gallagher’s Choice 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Red Blends: Rockcliffe Quarram Rocks Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Best Other Reds: Gipsie Jack Malbec 2013
Best Dessert Wines: Allandale Botrytis 2013
Best Fortified Wines: Stanton & Killeen Wines Rare Rutherglen Muscat NV

The Boutique Wines Awards 2015 were held on Friday 17 July 2015.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.