2022 Estate Riesling takes Gold at Royal Queensland Awards

As one of the most prestigious food, wine and beer awards in Australia, the RQA is dedicated to unearthing the nation’s top food, beer and wine products year after year. Our Mount Barker Riesling has held its ground against counterparts around Australia to win Gold at this year’s award ceremony. The wine received a score of 96 points. Equal top Gold at this year’s awards.

The Wine

The Estate Riesling 2022 appears in the glass as very pale straw wine with green tinges. The nose is classic Great Southern Riesling with lime, talc and a perfumed floral lift. Powerful lemon and lime intensity with racy acidity and a quenching slatey finish. 

The fruit was harvested in the cool of night to preserve fruit intensity and minimal delay in processing time. Some pre-pressing cold maceration occurred to maximise mid palate texture. Early separation of free run and pressings (~470L/T) allowed for the delicacy of the variety to be preserved and minimise phenolics. Only free run juice was used for this wine. Fermentation was carried out under temperature-controlled conditions (12-14°C) using R-HST yeast to dryness.

More about the accolade

Over the past 143 years, thousands of Australian winemakers have entered the nationally esteemed awards – the first capital city wine show held in Australia each year and the first to judge the new season’s vintage. Built upon long-standing traditions celebrating excellence in winemaking and viticulture, these prestigious wine awards continue to garner success by paying close attention to consumer interest and current industry trends. 

Chief Judge and industry heavyweight Tom Carson has led a team of expert wine judges from across the country to benchmark entries in the 2023 awards using the internationally-recognized 100 point scoring system.

We are overjoyed to have received the news that our 2022 Estate Riesling was awarded joint top Gold at the awards this year (2023). With an aging potential of 10-15 years, we cannot wait to see what else this wine will do. Buy now whilst stocks last.