Sanguine Estate Shiraz achieves Heathcote Wine Show’s highest accolade 3 years running
The Hunter Family of Heathcote’s Sanguine Estate have found themselves holding the Heathcote Wine Show’s Grand Terroir Trophy for the third year in a row. The winery has consistently achieved the show’s highest honour since it began in 2013. A total of 227 wines were submitted for judging at this year’s show and the Heathcote Grand Terroir Trophy recognises the highest quality and style consistency across three Shiraz wines spanning a minimum of six vintages for one singular wine label.
The D’Orsa, Sanguine’s reserve Shiraz (named for Pietro D’Orsa, Tony Hunter’s Great Grandfather and also a winemaker in a neighbouring region during the 1870’s) took out the top honour with its 2007, 2009 and 2013 vintages.
But the winning streak doesn’t end there, with the 2012 “Estate” Shiraz (aka “Inception”) winning the trophy for “Best Older Shiraz” (vintages 2010-2012).
When proud father Tony Hunter was told the news, he “felt total joy and elation, and full of pride with what the family has been able to achieve. We set out to be in the top 5 Heathcote wineries, and we’ve achieved that and then some!”
Sanguine’s 2013 Progeny Shiraz also did well as not only the runner up to the D’Orsa for the “Heathcote Grand Terroir” but also achieved a gold medal along with the 2013 “Estate” Shiraz (aka Inception) in the “Best Young Shiraz” category (featuring 2013 and 2014 vintages).
There were 124 wines competing across 3 Shiraz classes, the “Best Young Shiraz” class awarded 8 gold medals of the 67 wines. The “Best Older Shiraz” saw 4 gold medals achieved from a total of 34 entrants and the “2009 and Older Shiraz” class had 3 gold medals among 23 wines.
Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz was the third finalist in the Heathcote Grand Terroir category, and Ruth Ellis of Hanging Rock graciously congratulated the team via twitter
“Congratulations @sanguinewines, Heathcote Grand Terroir trophy winners again. I’m very happy for you (if not a little jealous ;-p ) #HWS”
Of the 227 wines shown at the awards, a record 23 gold medals were awarded, speaking volumes of the calibre and passion of the Heathcote region’s winemakers and wines. “And the results this year were stronger across an even wider range of varieties,” Tim Kirk, Chairman of the judging panel, confirmed.
Sanguine is the first and only winery to achieve the Heathcote Wine Show’s Grand Terroir Trophy, having won every year since the inaugural show in 2013, with the D’Orsa completing the Sanguine Shiraz set.
Tony Hunter had this to say about the Sanguine sweep “You couldn’t have scripted it better – first year it was our Progeny Shiraz, then the following year it was our Inception Shiraz and now it’s our D’Orsa – so it’s the complete sweep of all our styles!”
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Wines Currently Available (4th August 2015): 2013 D’Orsa Shiraz (extremely limited quantities), 2013 Inception Shiraz &
2013 Progeny Shiraz, 2012 Cabernet Blend.