It’s normal in a show judging environment for around 5% of wines entered to leave with a gold medal. This year at Margaret River Wine Show, just over 10% of wines entered left with golds, due to the high quality of wines being produced in the region. Of the 242 wines judged at my table, these were some standouts on my scorecard:
2014 Amato Vino Mantra Cabernet Sauvignon SILVER MEDAL
“Deep, dark, intense nose. Gorgeous fruit, quite tannic at this stage but they will integrate. Well put together, silky.” 95 pts, $35
Amato Vino are small batch artisan winemakers located at Stevens Road in Margaret River, led by owner Brad Wehr. There are three distinct labels within the Amato Vino range: Amato Vino, Mantra and Brad. Not shy of unusual grape varieties, natural winemaking methods and banging out the classics (chard + cab).
2014 Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon (WINE OF SHOW)
“Pure cassis on the palate, chewy tannins, fine structure and great length. YES.” 94 pts, $60
The 2014 is not yet released, current vintage is 2013, so join Stella Bella’s online wine club for news of release dates.
2014 Snake & Herring Corduroy Chardonnay GOLD MEDAL
“This has length, line and concentration. On the palate there is white spice, ripe fruit, with minerality and plushness at once. Yes please. Poised. Flinty. Delicious.” 96 points, $42
What can I say here: epic value for money, charming the pants off the national show circuit, and gathering more medals and trophies than they can reasonably store in the pool room.
2014 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay GOLD MEDAL
“Characterised by fine mineral spice and layered complexity, lovely clarity of yellow peach, curry leaf and incredible length. Awesome.” 96 pts, $85
These guys are kicking goals left right and centre. Tallying a total of 12 GOLD medals at this year’s wine show prove just how well they’re tracking. Don’t miss these wines.