Sunday, October 18, 2015

NYS entry 'best in show' in Aussie Riesling test

Canberra judge: Jim Trezise of the NYS Wine & Grape Foundation
A Finger Lakes entry earned top honors out of nearly 500 entries this week in the prestigious Canberra International Riesling Competition in Australia.

Besides taking the "Best In Show" title, Sheldrake Point Winery's 2014 Wild Ferment Finger Lakes Riesling Ice Wine also was named "Best American Riesling" and "Best Sweet Riesling," scoring an "Elite" 98 of a possible 100 points from an international judging panel. Another Sheldrake Point entry, its 2014 Riesling Ice Wine -- not the Wild Ferment despite the similar name, also scored an "Elite" rating of 97 points.

Those results add to the successful the track record Sheldrake Point has run up over the years in this competition. Its 2004 Riesling Ice Wine won a Gold medal and "Best American Riesling" title in 2005, and Golds went to its 2009 Late Harvest Riesling in 2010, its 2010 Riesling Ice Wine in 2011, and its 2013 Late Harvest Riesling in 2013. 

Sheldrake Point is located on the west shore of Cayuga Lake, north of Ithaca. It was founded in 1997 by Chuck Tauck and Bob Madill. The company is licensed as a New York State Winery and owns and operates a 155-acre farm, a vineyard of 44 acres planted to Vinifera vines, and its winery produces 11,000 cases annually. Sheldrake Point was named "New York State Winery of the Year" in 2009 and 2010, and has been on Wine & Spirits magazine's list of "Top 100 Wineries" for two consecutive years.

Entries in the Canberra competition came from wineries in Australia, the U.S., Germany, France, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Czech Republic. Of the 494 entries, only 31 came from the U.S., eight of them from New York State. Among the latter, Wagner Vineyards' (Seneca Lake) 2012 Dry Riesling Caywood East Vineyard won a Silver medal, along with Bronze medals for its 2013 Dry Riesling and 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling. Bronze medals awarded to other Finger Lakes wines, including Anthony Road's 2014 Dry Riesling and 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Three Brothers Winery's Riesling 2014 First Degree Riesling (Dry) and 2014 Second Degree Riesling (Medium Dry).

Other top U.S. winners included Chateau Ste. Michelle's (Washington State) 2013 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills (Elite, 96) and 2014 Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling (Gold, 95), and Black Star Farms' (Michigan) 2013 Arcturos Dry Riesling (Elite, 96) and 2013 Arcturos Riesling (Gold, 95).

Complete results in all categories were supposed to be posted online on Friday, but as of  today (Sunday) were not. You can check the website later in the week.

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