New Zealand takes Syrah world title
Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah 2013
Another major international trophy has gone to New Zealand, with a Gimblett Gravels winemaker seeing off the more established Syrah/Shiraz wine regions internationally.
Mills Reef Trust Vineyard Syrah 2013 was awarded Best Shiraz/Syrah Trophy [worldwide], and the Best New World Shiraz/Syrah Trophy (against Australia, the Americas, South Africa and New Zealand) at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition last week.
The Hong Kong awards are the Asian pinnacle for winemakers, aligned with and on par with the UK’s International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Chief winemaker and Mills Reef director Tim Preston was already labeling his 2013 wines as "the vintage of a lifetime” after earlier international successes for the winery’s hand-crafted, Bordeaux-style reds.
"After our recent international successes last month, I joked that it was like winning the World Cup three times in a row. This latest global award outstrips even that and I am struggling to adequately express its immense significance in terms of success for the Gimblett Gravels Wine growing District with the Rhone-varietal Syrah.”
Prophetic testament to the district’s prowess came early on from noted Australia wine writer James Halliday who in 2008 proclaimed the Gimblett Gravels Wine growing District ‘not just a very special parcel, it is a sacred site’.
The Trophy awards were collected at a gala evening in Hong Kong last week, with Tim and Linda Preston’s daughter Adele doing the honours.
"The Best Shiraz/Syrah Trophy recognises the top wine submitted internationally, and we’re delighted the judges loved the powerful yet elegant styling of our Trust Vineyard Syrah,” says Tim.
Posted on 10 Nov 2015 More News