The 2016 Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show Gala Awards Dinner was held at Mandoon Estate, which provided a sensational backdrop for the occasion, attended by guests including winemakers from throughout the region, Swan Valley business owners and members of the community.
The judges were impressed with the exceptional standard of wines in the Chenin Blanc categories and also noted "Shiraz is what the Swan Valley does so well."
John Hanley, Chairman of Judges at this year's show said that "The fortified wines were some of the best, not just in Western Australia but in Australia."
International guest judge, Mr Lim Hwee Peng from Winecraft Singapore expressed the opinion that the Swan Valley region should not be considered a hot climate winemaking region, saying "For me, there was a real taste of Europe in the wines made in the Swan Valley. Perhaps Mediterranean rather than hot should be used in the climate description, and by not emphasising hot there is a better chance for Swan Valley wines to be appreciated in the right context."
The Swan Valley Wine Show 2016 saw Talijancich Wines take out the award for Most Successful Producer. Their Julian James White Liqueur NV was awarded the Singapore Airlines Premium Trophy for the Best Wine of Show.
Pinelli Estate Wines was awarded four trophies for their Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2007 including the Best Swan Valley Table Wine, Best Dry White Table Wine and the Chairman's Trophy.
Mandoon Estate was awarded the Best Dry Red Table Wine for their The Pact Shiraz 2014 and Sittella Wines took out the Best White Blend award with their 2009 Museum Silk.
The Spirit of the Swan Award, recognising outstanding achievement or contribution to the promotion of Swan Valley wine, winemaking, viticulture, tourism, sales or marketing, was presented to the Dinneen family in honour of the late Alan Dinneen, a highly respected Swan Valley wine ambassador and wine judge.
See details of the winning wines in the Swan Valley Wine Show 2016 Trophy List.