Taking out the top prize with four wines from Austria and France, the 2017 St Hugo Riesling has helped to put Australian Riesling on the world stage against its “old world” wine country competitors.
There were 15 other Australian producers awarded medals from bronze to gold in the competition, showing the excellence of the Rieslings being produced. This quality is being seen in global export markets, with recent Wine Australia data shows that Australian Riesling exports have risen 22 per cent from 2016 to 2017*.
A panel of six Masters of Wines and one sommelier blind tasted the wines, highlighting the quality of the fruit and skill of the winemaker rather than focusing on country of origin. A Master is awarded to the exceptional examples of Riesling only, with other medals from bronze to gold also awarded.
The 2017 St Hugo Riesling is the inaugural release of this wine, and the first Riesling to be produced under the St Hugo winery, which until September 2017 had been focused on reds.
St Hugo Chief Winemaker Dan Swincer said it was an honour to have the St Hugo Riesling recognised among such esteemed company.
“We are proud to have our first Riesling release be named a Master. We hope that competitions like the Global Riesling Masters continue to raise the profile of Riesling and increase wine drinkers’ passion for what I think is one of the world’s exceptional wine styles,” Dan said.
“With the St Hugo Riesling, we have really aspired to create a wine that is a true reflection of its Eden Valley origins in the Barossa, South Australia,” Dan said.
Riesling is a variety that has a rich heritage with the founders of the St Hugo winery, the Gramp family. Riesling was the first grape variety planted by Johann Gramp in 1847, and was favoured by both Hugo Gramp and his son Colin. Colin was instrumental in developing high-quality Riesling production techniques starting in the 1950s. The 2017 St Hugo Riesling recognises this valuable contribution by the Gramp family.
The 2017 St Hugo Riesling is a dry-style wine with citrus blossom aromas and a delicate, refined palate that exhibits slate and mineral characteristics complemented by its acidity. The fruit has been selected from three outstanding blocks in the Eden Valley, which benefited from soaking winter and spring rains and a cooler than usual ripening period during the 2017 vintage. The good soil moisture and cool nights created the perfect environment for the development of natural acidity.
Global Riesling Masters judge and The Drinks Business Editor-in-Chief Patrick Schmitt MW said:
“If there was a stand-out nation in the Riesling Masters this year, it was Australia, which has managed to create wines that are for the most part bone dry, but deliver a fruity refreshment with Riesling that is rarely matched elsewhere.
“A lime cordial, flint and citrus zest intensity with remarkable consistency were the hallmarks of the great Rieslings from Eden and Clare Valleys, ensuring that these places took home the highest proportion of Golds. And, standing tall among such giants was the St Hugo Riesling from Eden Valley, a wine that shows why this nation (and producer) should be just as famous for its Rieslings as its Chardonnays.”
The Master accolade joins a recent string of awards for the 2017 St Hugo Riesling, which won two trophies and a Gold medal at the 2017 Barossa Wine Show, and Gold medals at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards and 2017 National Wine Show of Australia.
The St Hugo Riesling 2017 is available at the home of St Hugo, online at www.sthugo.com, and from leading liquor retailers for $39.99.
The Global Riesling Masters is a competition by The Drinks Business, a leading international drinks trade publication. For more information on the competition and results visit: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/the-worlds-best-rieslings-from-the-masters-2017/
*Source: Wine Australia Export Approval data
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About ‘St Hugo’
St Hugo is one of Australia’s most sought after and premium wine labels^. It was named as a tribute to Hugo Gramp, former Managing Director of G. Gramp & Sons in the 1920s and 1930s. St Hugo wines have accumulated in excess of 1000 wine show awards including over 30 trophies, which testify to its unwavering high quality and impeccably stylish red wines led by Cabernet Sauvignon.
^ St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is featured in Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine IV in 2005, V in 2010 and VI in 2014.
^Leading Cabernet Sauvignon producer: Aztec retail sales data, Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon >$30 by volume, MAT to 14 August 2016.
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