By James Atkinson
Tyrrell's Wines took out the Hunter Valley Wine Show's new accolade for 'Wines of Provenance' two times over, and boss Bruce Tyrrell couldn't be happier with the achievement.
At Friday's awards lunch, the inaugural 'Wines of Provenance' prize – which recognises and celebrates wines reflecting consistency of style and quality over time – was named in honour of former chair of judges, Iain Riggs.
There was only supposed to be one award in the category, but the judges couldn't split Tyrrell's entries for white wine (Vat 1 Semillon) and red (Vat 8 Shiraz), so awards were given for both.
"I really wanted to win it, but to win it like that was something else," managing director Bruce Tyrrell told TheShout.
"Being able to show that sense of place is what it's all about, and the line and the style through the wines," he said.
Tyrrell said that with the Hunter's next generation of winemakers picking up numerous awards, the provenance class will be hotly contested in years to come.
"In about two years' time, there's going to be a whole heap more entries in those classes," he said.
Tyrrell's Wines picked up an additional four trophies and 13 gold medals at the show.
Along with trophies for Premium Vintage Dry Red, Current Vintage Semillon and Current Vintage Dry White, Tyrrell's was awarded The Ryan Family Trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor of Young Wines, courtesy of the recently released 2012 Semillons.