The 2017 Kangaroo Island Wine of the Year Finalists rounds out an impeccable field of entrants. In its second year, judging this year aligned with a feature article and tasting to appear in Winestate Magazine in their June/July edition. Big steps for a small region that continues to emerge.
Chair of the Judges, Marc Allgrove, along with other judges Dan Traucki and Michael Schreurs, Head Winemaker from The Lane Vineyard, said ” This year’s wine awards reinforced the growing quality and confidence of the Island’s offering. Sixty five wines were entered representing several styles, thirteen producers and thirteen varieties, with 70% of them achieving a bronze medal standard or higher. The unique qualities of the region were reflected across the board, as was the opportunity with which the local industry is faced. Greater understanding will develop as to what truly defines and characterises Kangaroo Island wine, but there can be no doubt based on this year’s entrants that the Island’s wines have a significant role to play in the future of Kangaroo Island’s economy, identity and experience.”
Given the regions infancy in the Wine Industry, these results are exciting. If you have not yet found yourself a Kangaroo Island Wine, then you best ask yourself why? There are bold and brilliant wines in this years finalist wines. Congratulations to the finalists.
The winner will be announced at the 2017 KI Food, Wine and Tourism Presentation Dinner at Dudley Wines Function Centre on June 16th
The finalists are:
Hazyblur L’Eclat Vintage Blanc de Noir 2013
Dudley Bubbly Sparkling Chardonnay NV
False Cape The Captain Chardonnay 2015
Bay of Shoals Savagnin 2016
Kangaroo Island Trading Co Shiraz 2015
The Islander Estate Vineyards Majestic Plough Malbec 2013