By Amy Looker
Margaret River winemakers scooped the prize pool at the 2009 Small Vignerons Awards held in Canberra, with wines from the 2007 vintage taking home more than a few Gold and Silver medals.
Small family winemakers, Lenton Brae, performed exceptionally well, taking out four Gold medals for their 2007 Chardonnay, 2007 and 2008 Shiraz, and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Another Margaret River producer, Wine by Brad, also won their fair share of awards, receiving a Gold medal for their 2008 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and 2007 Mantra Cabernet Sauvignon, and Silver Medals for the 2007 Cabernet Merlot and two 2007 Chardonnays.
Other Margaret River winemakers to receive Gold medals included the Redgate 2007 Chardonnay, Windance 2007 Shiraz, and Celestial Bay 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Now in its 20th year, entry to the Small Vignerons Awards is limited to winemakers who produce less than 250 tonnes per year. This year’s show attracted almost 1500 entries, with only six per cent receiving the coveted Gold medals.
For a full list of results, click here.