Margaret River Winery Wins ‘Wine of the Year’ at Prestigious London Wine Show | Augusta-Margaret River Courier

Scott and Annette Baxter and the team at Gralyn Estate are celebrating a huge win this week, scooping the coveted ‘Wine of the Year’ award at the 2022 London Wine Competition. Image: Supplied

“Everything about this wine is exquisite – from the flavor to the label.”

So say the judges of the 2022 London Wine Competition, who awarded Margaret River region’s Gralyn Estate winery the highest prize of the event, the coveted ‘Wine of the Year’. .

Judging for the 2022 competition took place this week at St Mary’s Church, Marylebone in London, with a record 1,300 wines submitted from 36 countries.

To be awarded a medal, the wines must obtain high marks in the three criteria, with a weighting on the quality marks.

Most of the wines entered by a country – with more than 400 – came from Australia, followed closely by Italy, Spain, Portugal and France.

Moss Brothers, another Wilyabrup winery, scooped the award for Best Cabernet Sauvignon for their 2019 Moses Rock Cabernet Sauvignon.

Gralyn Estate was founded in Wilyabrup in 1975 and was the first to open a commercial winery in Margaret River in 1978.

The judges praised the wine label, saying that wine label, saying that “cette exquisité se reflète également dans l’étiquette complexe qui est une œuvre d’art originale de Merilyn Hutton”. Image : Fourni” width=”734″ height=”456″ itemprop=”image”/>

The judges praised the wine’s label, saying that “this exquisiteness is also reflected in the intricate label which is an original work of art by Merilyn Hutton”. Image: Provided

Owners and winemakers Scott and Annette Baxter took over Gralyn Estate two years ago from Annette’s parents, founders Graham and Merilyn Hutton.

Scott Baxter said the secret to the success of fortified wine comes down to the quality of the fruit, the age of the cask, the blending and the cooling.

“Very old brandy barrels are used to store the Artizan, so as not to give it too much of an oaky character, allowing it to develop a rancio-like complexity,” Baxter said.

“These wines are valuable because there are considerable losses every year due to evaporation, what is called the angel’s share, and this gives the wine its power.

“The vineyard is mature, low yielding and produces beautiful juicy fruit, very fragrant when young – think Turkish delight and rose petals.

“And as this material matures, we start to see more intense raisin and caramel flavors.”

Artizan Rare Muscat NV is produced using the Solera system, a winemaking practice in which younger wines are blended in barrels storing older wines and are therefore referred to as non-vintage or NV.

The Artizan Rare Muscat NV solera dates back 40 years.

“We’re earning accolades now because Annette’s parents had the foresight 40 years ago to age this beautiful wine in barrels,” Mr. Baxter said.

“They knew it was special, they knew it belonged and they thought they were onto something that we’re very grateful for, because now we’re reaping the rewards of their vision and hard work.”

Gralyn Estate also received Gold for its 2017 and 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in the London Wine Competition, and its Chardonnay was awarded Bronze.

Other Australian wine regions also performed well in judging, with the 2019 Gibson Reserve Shiraz from the Barossa Valley winning best shiraz, NSW winery Ross Hill Wines winning best chardonnay and Levantine Hill Estate from the Yarra Valley. receiving the best pinot noir.

Gralyn Estate was founded in Wilyabrup in 1975 and was the first to open a commercial cellar door in Margaret River in 1978. Photo: Supplied

Gralyn Estate was founded in Wilyabrup in 1975 and was the first to open a commercial cellar door in Margaret River in 1978. Photo: Supplied

Salvatore Castano, winner of the Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa ASI in 2021, said he was impressed by the quality of the wines in the competition.

“Judging the packaging is something unusual in a blind tasting but very important because a lot of people buy wines by just looking at the bottle/label,” he said.

“The most important criteria to consider when buying a wine are quality, price and the appearance of the bottle and the label.”

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