Shoalhaven vineyard nabs top wine honours

Coolangatta Estate has continued its winning form at the South Coast Wine Show, picking up the trophy for Best Wine of Show for its 2006 Estate Grown Semillon.

Cellar door manager Ben Wallis said the wine had now won 30 trophies and 39 gold medals and collected a total of 102 awards, making it one of the most awarded wines in Australia.

Coolangatta Estate won a total of 19 awards at the 2013 South Coast Wine Show in Mollymook.

It picked up three trophies as well as three gold, six silver and seven bronze medals in Mollymook at the weekend.

The show is held annually for wine producers in the South Coast Zone including the Shoalhaven Coast and Southern Highlands. This year 50 medals were awarded including four gold, 19 silver and 27 bronze.

Chairman of judges, David Morris of Morris Wines, noted how strong the semillon classes were in the Shoalhaven Coast region.

Other judges were Nicole Esdaile, of Coombe Farm Estate Yarra Valley, and Jacob Stein, of Stein's Winery Mudgee who was recently named Gourmet Traveller Wine Young Winemaker of the Year.

Mr Wallis said the other good news for Coolangatta Estate was that this week's downpour was not as severe as it could have been and things were still on track for the February harvest.

"We have had 116 millimetres since it started on Saturday night, a lot better than other locations north.

"But some of our semillon has been affected with rain and also the heat the week before. Still a few weeks away for that so fingers crossed until then," he said.

The other gold was presented to Tertini Wines which also picked up the trophy for best wine made from grapes grown in the Southern Highlands for its 2012 riesling.

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