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Double BLUE-GOLD at Sydney International Wine Competition 2018

22 November 2017 by Alyce Thompson

The Sydney International Wine Show has its origins in 1982 and grew out of the International Wine & Food Society, it is a unique wine-judging forum because other wine judgings assess wines alone, but this show involves food in its second-phase judging.

This is the only major, international wine show that judges wines not only in technical terms, but also as a complement to food and the dining experience. The Competition distinguishes its main award with a special term – Blue Gold – to distinguish it from the awards granted by other wine competitions that judge wine purely as an alcoholic beverage.

This year our Estate Shiraz 2015 AND Il Liris Chardonnay 2016 were awarded ‘Blue-Gold’ medals – meaning they were in the top 10% of total wines entered.

2018 Sydney International winners bottleshot

James Halliday’s Top 100 2017

6 November 2017 by Alyce Thompson

We are humbled to have not one but THREE wines featured in James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines of 2017.

The-Sum Sauvignon Blanc 2017 | 95 Points
‘While this is fresh & vibrant, it has nothing in common with Marlborough sauvignon blanc other than its varietal makeup. Its intricate structure and texture flows purely from the fruit, minerally acidity providing its backbone. Tropical nuances endeavour to keep grassy notes out of the picture, but fail to do so.’

The-Sum Riesling 2017 | 95 Points
‘Best of the rest.’

The-Sum Shiraz 2016 | 94 Points
‘Bright crimson-purple; the complex yet fresh bouquet draws you into the wine, where dark cherry fruit is riddled with cool-climate spice and black and white pepper. While no more than medium-bodied, it has vibrancy and freshness. Very hard to resist at this price.’


Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2017 – Gold!

15 October 2017 by Alyce Thompson

The 18th Canberra International Riesling Challenge was held on 9-14th October 2017. This is the biggest Riesling event in the southern hemisphere, with over 500 wines entered in 2017. The Riesling Challenge attracts wines from Riesling producing countries around the world and is the most significant event of its type in the southern hemisphere.

We were lucky enough to enter our Estate Riesling 2017, which had only been in bottle for a few weeks! This gamble paid off with the Riesling awarded 95 points and a gold medal. A fantastic result – we are expecting big things for this wine over the coming year!

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