Chris Cormack’s Pegeric Wines of Macedon has won the Trophy for Best Wine in the World with Braised Abalone, his 3rd Trophy in 4 years at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Challenge (HKIWSC).
His victory this year came courtesy of his 2007 Pegeric Pinot Noir, grown on his Estate vineyard at Tylden, just outside Kyneton in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges region. To complete the picture, Pegeric entered just 6 wines, for a return of 6 medals and a trophy.
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wines & Spirit Challenge has two characteristics that set it above other shows in the world of wine.
Firstly, it allows entry from any producer, regardless of size. This levels the playing field and sees a greater representation of smaller producers amongst the awards – not just the larger ones.
Secondly, judging takes place with food – giving the most authentic representation of the real world wine drinker’s experience at home or in a restaurant.
According to Chris:
"... Pegeric is one of the smallest wineries in Australia – in most years we make just 100-200 cases. This makes us too small for entry into the more commercial classes at most Australian shows.
Wine shows such as the Cathay Pacific International in Hong Kong give us a rare opportunity to benchmark ourselves against the best in the world, not just Macedon, Victoria and Australia.
It’s great to win a medal in international competition, but a Trophy for Best in the World is something else again ..."
Previous trophies at HKIWSC have included Best Wine in the World with Braised Abalone and Best Wine in the World with Peking Duck, which Chris won in 2012, before coming runner-up for the Peking Duck trophy in 2013 & again in 2014.
Pegeric’s results at the HKIWSC alone since 2010 have now netted 3 trophies (and 3 runners-up for trophies), 6 gold medals, 19 silver and 24 bronze.
This represents a level of acclaim entirely out of proportion to Pegeric’s small production.
Visit: Pegeric Wines
The Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition dinner held on 3rd October, 2014 at The Royal George in Kyneton was attended by 100 guests. The Master of Ceremonies MC was John Ellis of Hanging Rock Winery.
The Laurie Williams Trophy for
Best Wine of the Exhibition
was awarded to Cope Williams NV Pinot Chardonnay.
This Macedon was also awarded the Bendigo Bank Trophy for
“Best Sparkling Wine.”
The Macedon Ranges Freight Trophy for
“Best White variety or Blend other than Chardonnay”
was won by Hesket Estate 2014 Riesling.
The Kyneton Toyota Trophy for “Best Chardonnay” was won by Shadowfax - Midhill 2013 Chardonnay.
The Seguin Moreau Trophy for “Best Pinot Noir” was won by
Curly Flat’s Williams Crossing 2012 Pinot Noir.
For “Best Red Variety or Blend other than Pinot noir or Shiraz”,
the Longfellows Insurance Brokers Trophy was not awarded.
A Bronze medal was awarded to the
Rowanston on The Track Merlot 2012.
For the “Best Shiraz” the Vinvicta Products Trophy was not awarded. A Silver medal was awarded to the
Rowanston on The Track Barrel Select 2009 Shiraz
For “people’s Choice” The Banks Wine Store Trophy was won by Shadowfax-Midhill Chardonnay 2013
120 wine entries were judged this year, a similar number to last year.
Taste these wines at BUDBURST Wine & Food Festival on 15 & 16 November 2014
A new and unique cellar door, Cloud 9 Farm, will officially open on Saturday, September 6, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience artisan wine and cheese in a relaxed atmosphere.
The family-owned farm at Pipers Creek is situated beneath the picturesque Cobaw State Forest, with the tasting room offering spectacular views over the valleys of the Macedon Ranges.
At Curly Flat we are ultimately very pleased with both the quantity and even more so with its quality. This year’s growing season seemingly ran through the full gamut of weather outside of snow!
Our yield of 76 tonnes meant we were down by around 16% from our average tonnage of around 90 tonnes. There are several reasons why our relatively limited crop reduction wasn’t as severe as the majority of producers (Victoria wide). The following synopsis relates to our experience of the 2014 harvest and may of course differ to the experiences of other producers in our region.
Twenty-four amazing and diverse businesses were nominated in this category this year and we were thrilled to be in such talented company but to emerge as one of three finalists is such an honour.
This wonderful news comes in the same year we receive the coveted 5 Star Rating for a Boutique Winery from Australia’s leading wine judge James Halliday.
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