Published on 13 October 2021
The 33rd annual Swan Valley Wine Show took place on October 6-8, 2021, officially marking the event one of the longest continually operating wine shows in Australia. Presented by the Swan Valley Winemakers, the show is designed to ensure and encourage the striving for excellence in winemaking practices. This year, 244 wines were entered into the show; it was the ultimate opportunity for Swan Valley winemakers to benchmark their wines against others in the region.
The award presentations on Friday, October 8, took place in the beautiful surrounds of Sandalford Wines and was attended by local winemakers, Swan Valley business owners and members of the community.
The big winner of the night was Sittella, taking home the trophy for Best Swan Valley Table Wine of Show with their 2021 Avant Garde Golden Mile Grenache, this wine also won the trophy for Best Single Red Varietal (other than Shiraz, GPZ only). In addition, they were also awarded Best Varietal White or Blend with their 2015 Museum Silk, Best Non GPZ Wine (red or white) with their 2018 Margaret River Reserve Cabernet Malbec, Best Red Wine Blend (less than 75% Shiraz, GPZ only) with their 2019 Tinta Rouge.
Oakover Wines were another winner, bringing home the City of Swan Trophy which is awarded to the exhibitor whose five or more entries gained the highest average score. Oakover also won the Best 2021 Dry White Wine of Show (GPZ only) for their 2021 Chenin Blanc.
Faber Vineyard was awarded the Best Shiraz or Shiraz Dominant Blend (GPZ only) for their 2019 Millard Vineyard Shiraz, the Best Fortified Wine of Show (GPZ only) for the Swan Valley Liqueur Muscat NV and certificate for Best Sparkling with their 2018 Blanc de Blanc.
A new trophy introduced in 2021 was the Liquor Barons Best Regional Wine of Show. This was awarded to Torrent Wines for their 2015 Swan Valley Chenin Blanc. This wine also won Best Chenin Blanc (GPZ only).
Olive Farm Wines won Best Verdelho with their 2021 Verdelho, and Pinelli Estate Wines won a certificate for the Best Rosé with their 2021 Breanna Rosé.
The Alan Dinneen Memorial Trophy was awarded to a wine selected by the Chief Judge who believed showcased imagination, innovation and ingenuity. The 2021 trophy was awarded to Yagmich Estate for the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon.
View the full trophy list