Small producers, BIG hearts
Posted on : 24 August 2018
You know that little winery you visited on a quick trip when you were in your 20’s? That small winery run by a gorgeous family that opened your mind to how good a glass of wine could be… The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show celebrates these small wineries and their amazing wines with the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association Perpetual Trophy for Best Small Producer Wine. 2018 saw three red wines up for the coveted trophy. This was a strong category with every eligible wine having won a prestigious Sydney Royal Gold medal. In the end, Windance Estate took home the trophy for their 2016 Shiraz.
Windance Estate Winery is family owned and has been in the wine game for the past 20 years. Now in its third generation, Windance Estate is situated in the northern part of the Margaret River Wine Region and has a focus on incorporating sustainable land management and environmentally friendly practices when it comes to producing their award-winning wines.
Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson own the second finalist, Hahndorf Hill Winery. Jacobs swapped his life as an intensive care doctor for one of grapes to become the founder of Mulderbosch Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. After moving to Australia 20+ years ago, he and Dodson established Hahndorf Hill Winery and have now added a Sydney Royal Gold Medal winning Rosé to their wines.
Stormflower vineyard was the third finalist eligible for the small producer top drop. With a name deriving from the spring storms that hit the property each year, Stormflower is renowned for their great attention to detail, including the soil in which their grapes grow. Because of this, Stormflower achieved full organic certification by NASAA in 2016. Their environmentally friendly winemaking practices have seen their wine flourish at the 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show winning a Gold medal for their 2016 Cabernet Shiraz.
You’ll discover other medal and trophy winning wines on Australia’s Best Producers here.