Media Release June 16, 2016
Dudley takes the double
Almost 100 people enjoyed a four-course fine dining experience, curated by Head Chef Andy Waterhouse, and medal-winning wines to witness the re-birth of the awards, first held in 2009.
Dudley Wines took the gongs for Culinary Experience and for Business Development. Dudley patriarch Jeff Howard paid tribute to this three children and staff for the continued growth and success of the business. Judges commented that the Dudley Wines cellar door provided an immersive tourism experience and excellent customer service.
Kangaroo Island Wine of the Year went to newly released The Islander Estate Majestic Plough 2013, from an impressive field of 26 entries which earned a total of 19 medals from the mainland judges. Eight finalists wines were selected and featured on the menu throughout the evening. Judges were impressed by the standard across the range, with particular emphasis on Cabernet, many of which received medals.
Farmgate or Cellar Door Experience went to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus. Judges said staff attention and knowledge was a highlight in this category. Trudy-Ann Johnson collected the award and said it was great recognition of 25 years of hard work by her brother Larry Turner and his wife Bev.
Best Kangaroo Island Dining was taken out by Hannaford and Sachs. In collecting the award, Rachel Hannaford and Sasha Sachs said their two offerings on the North Coast (the Fig Tree and the Mexican Cantina) had been a bold venture which was embraced by the local community and they were looking forward to the coming season. The judges were particularly impressed by the great venues, adding positively to the Kangaroo Island experience, good service and good pairing of local produce.
The awards were hosted by the Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association, supported by the Government of South Australia (PIRSA), and sponsored by Tourism Kangaroo Island, Tourism Optimisation Management Model (TOMM), Sealink, Kangaroo Island Industry and Brand Alliance, the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, and the Department of State Development.