LOGAN Wines’ Weemala Riesling took out the top gold prize at this year’s Canberra International Riesling Challenge.
Winemaker Peter Logan said the winery had entered the challenge for the past few years and was pleased to have continued to perform well.
“We were awarded a gold medal at last year’s show for our 2012 Weemala Riesling so it was wonderful to follow that up this year with top gold for our 2013 Weemala Riesling,” he said.
“This is a prestigious wine show so success from any producer within the region in such a show can only help the region’s reputation with this great variety.”
While Logan Wines is based in Mudgee it uses grapes from both the Orange and Mudgee regions however its Weemala Riesling is made from grapes grown in Orange.
Cargo Road Winery winemaker James Sweetapple said he was pleased his riesling won a gold medal at the challenge.
“This is a great honour not only for my own small winery,” he said.
“It’s also great recognition that the Orange region is home to some of Australia’s best rieslings”.
“The 2013 vintage was dry, basically drought conditions but I had a good feeling that the fruit would be high quality so after we hand-picked the riesling vineyard on March 2, I decided on minimal intervention in the winery.”
Mr Sweetapple said the resulting wine is strong on aromatics with a distinctive floral varietal nose and balanced acid with length and texture.
Local award winners include: Logan Wines’ Weemala Riesling (top gold); Cargo Road Winery’s Cargo Wine Riesling (gold); Pinnacle Liquor Group’s David Lowe Reserve (silver); Horseshoe Vineyard’s Horseshoe Vineyard Riesling (silver) and Highland Heritage Estate’s Highland Heritage Riesling (silver).