The 2016 Lodge Hill Riesling was awarded the Trophy for Best Young White at last night’s KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.
Situated on the eastern ranges of the township of Clare, Lodge Hill is one of the highest vineyards in the Valley, at an altitude of 480 metres.
Planted to Riesling by Jim Barry in 1979, The Lodge Hill vineyard has produced a stable of medal winners over its 37-year history.
In 1986, The Lodge Hill Riesling won its inaugural trophy for Best Riesling at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. 25 years later, the 2010 vintage won The Douglas Lamb Perpetual Trophy for best Varietal Wine, Riesling, Dry Style at the Sydney Royal Wine Show.
The 2012 vintage received a total of seven trophies, including the prestigious Len Evans Memorial Trophy for the Best Table Wine of Show at the Canberra National Wine Show. This was the first time the Len Evans Memorial Trophy was awarded to a current vintage Riesling and also the first time it was won by a Clare Valley winery.
The 2012 Lodge Hill also received trophies for Best Riesling – Premium Classes and Best Dry White Table Wine in Canberra, as well as Best Current Vintage Riesling, Best Riesling of Show and Best Wine of Show at the Clare Valley Wine Show.
“The success of this wine is due to the unique location of the vineyard” commented Peter Barry.
“It is one of the highest altitude vineyards in the Valley and also one of the windiest. In summer the winds blow the heat out of the soil and bring the grape temperatures down, which creates elegant white wines with excellent acid structure.”
“The vertical sheets of slate under the loamy clay soil provide the wine with an underlying bedrock minerality distinctive to the flavour profile and longevity of Rieslings produced from The Lodge Hill vineyard”, said Peter.
“This trophy is testament to the hard work of our stellar winemaking and viticultural team and their dedication to continuously produce great wines”.