During Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 a Shiraz Day on May 26 featured the multi-facetted grape variety with numerous tastings, food and wine pairings, as well as a conference, masterclass and ‘Best in Show’ contest. Producers from all around the world including Australia, South Africa, and France participated in the event and lectures provided updates on the variety and where the modern-day boom in popularity of the grape began. “Shiraz Day, was the first-ever tribute to a single grape variety at Vinexpo and aimed at further increasing business opportunities around a varietal that offers a lot of potential. Shiraz Day should proved especially enriching to industry professionals,” said Vinexpo CEO, Mr. Guillaume Deglise. A silent tasting challenge co-organized by the French wine contest “Citadelles du Vin” Invited visitors to blind taste Shiraz/ Syrah wines from around the world and elect their favourite. The winner of the contest was Jackson Family wines collection (Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia) with their BROOKS ROAD 2013.
All in all 62 different wines were blind tasted by a great number of visitors and exhibitors present for the tasting contest which was co-organized by the Citadelles du Vin wine contest coordinators. The objective was to elect the best Shiraz wine present at Vinexpo Hong Kong and the vote for the BROOKS ROAD 2013 was unanimous.
All wines presented at the show by a Vinexpo exhibitor and which contained at least 85% of Shiraz in their blend could participate.
The wines were presented in a blind tasting sorted by region. Competition was quite intense for this very first edition, with more than 60 different references, 35 wineries and more than 10 participating countries.
The winning wine, BROOKS ROAD 2013 comes from the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard. This vineyards covers a steep cut of country from the ridgetops above the village of Clarendon to the Onkaparinga River in the gorge below. Since its establishment in 1971, the Hickinbotham vineyard has become a part of Australia’s wine heritage, supplying fruit to produce many of Australia’s greatest wines. Breathing new life into this historic vineyard, Winemakers Charlie Seppelt and Chris Carpenter have commenced a new era of Hickinbotham’s prestigious legacy; building upon and honoring the vineyard’s acclaimed record.
Brooks Road reflects its cooler source in its elegance and finesse. It’s immediately harmonious and smooth, despite its wide scope of aromas and flavours, which range from Morello cherries, through faint bergamot, to creamy orange chocolate with soft velvet tannins. While it’s assured to offer profound delight as it mellows and matures, it’s a silky treat already. To craft this wine, hand-picked Shiraz clusters were delivered from high country (210-230 metres), destemmed and sorted into open fermenters. The cold soak was four days, the skins plunged three times daily, and the minimum time on skins was eighteen days. The wine was then basket pressed; its free run and pressings kept separate. To minimise filtration at bottling, four rack-and-returns were conducted over eighteen months as the wine seasoned in a mixture of Burgundy-coopered barrels.