Coolangatta Estate is finishing 2018 with the news that its 2009 Semillon has been named 'Semillon of the Year' at the largest wine awards in Australia.
The Winestate Wine of the Year Awards are presented to the best wines in each variety in the nation after some 10,000 wines are tasted during the year.
Vigneron Greg Bishop said the Shoalhaven Heads vineyard had two wines places in the top five for the Semillon category.
It is the seventh time Coolangatta Estate has taken out the title of Semillon of the Year in Australia.
But this time it was for the 2009 Semillon instead of the 2009 Wollstonecraft Semillon that comes from a different block on the prize winning vineyard.
“Traditionally it has been the Wollstonecraft that has won but the 2009 Semillon outdid the Wollstonecraft this year,” Mr Bishop said.
“This is a big win. We always look forward to these awards. We last won the category two years ago and then two years before that. They described us as perennial winners which was really nice”.
The latest success comes after Coolangatta Estate picked up the Semillon Trophy at the Australian New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards in October.
That trophy was for the 2011 Coolangatta Estate Wollstonecraft Semillon which was also the seventh time the Shoalhaven Heads vineyard has picked up the Semillon trophy in the 23 year history of the annual show.
The Bishop family has now won close to 2000 awards, medals and trophies making the local wine producer one of the most awarded in Australia.
Winemakers at Tyrrells in the Hunter make the wine for Coolangatta Estate which now has more than 180 trophies, close to 300 gold, 410 silver and 1047 bronze medals.
While most the Shoalhaven Heads vineyard’s success has been for the Semillons the Tannat variety is also doing really well.
Riesling is also starting to attract attention after recent planting of that variety and its first full harvest this year.
Ms Bishop said he was now looking forward to the 2019 harvest in February.