Our hearts broke a little each time news arrived that another 2020 wine show had been cancelled due to COVID restrictions.
Handpicked enters select shows to benchmark our wines with Australia’s best wineries. We also support our regional wine shows and enjoy catching up with friends and colleagues at the tastings. Happily, one of the biggest and best Australian wine shows did go ahead and we could not be more delighted with the results released today.
Handpicked has won three gold medals at the 2020 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
GOLD – 2017 Single Vineyard Wombat Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
This wine from our vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley also won gold in 2019 at Royal Perth Wine Show and Australia’s National Wine Show and received 96 points in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion.
Planted on steep slopes of volcanic loam at 430m, Wombat Creek is the highest vineyard in the Yarra Valley and a truly exceptional cool climate site.
From the fantastic 2017 vintage, this wine is two Chardonnay clones, handpicked, barrel fermented and aged in the same barrels for 11 months. With pristine fruit, mineral line, and bright natural acidity, it is drinking superbly now and will mature beautifully over the next 10 years.
2017 Wombat Creek Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay
GOLD – 2018 Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Pete Dillon, our chief winemaker, came to Handpicked after many years in ‘Margs’ and it holds a special place in his heart, so it’s especially satisfying to win with this wine.It comes as no surprise either, given Pete’s experience with Cabernet in WA.The growers in Handpicked’s Margaret River family, every one of whom Pete knows and trusts, are in Wilyabrup, the ‘golden triangle’ of this gorgeous region.
Vintage 2018 was a ripper, which is saying something in Australia’s most reliable wine region. This wine delivers on all the promises of Margs – great depth and complexity of flavour, black fruits and chocolate with a refreshing herbal note, great texture, classy fine tannins and thrilling Cabernet drive. Excellent drinking now and will cellar well until 2030+.
Shop Handpicked 2013 Collection Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon here.
GOLD – 2018 Single Vineyard Capella Vineyard Pinot Noir
This wine from a challenging vintage shows the work Handpicked has put in since acquiring Capella Vineyard in 2013, with consecutive vintages winning gold medals and trophies from Australia’s best shows and reviewers.
Karl, Pete, and the team know Capella Vineyard so well now and have made it healthier and more vibrant with every season. This wine gets the royal treatment from go to whoa – handpicked, destemmed, berries sorted by hand, hand plunged, matured in best Burgundian oak; a few parcels even foot stomped by Pete and the team! It won gold at the 2019 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge and was awarded 97 points and ‘Best of the Best’ in 2021 Halliday Wine Companion.
Its hallmarks are a haunting perfume, vibrant fruit and the silkiest of silky tannins. Drinking now and will mature dreamily over the medium term.
Shop Handpicked 96pt 2017 Single Vineyard Capella Pinot Noir here.