Nerriga winery, Corang Estate, has been awarded the trophy for Best Shiraz in this year’s Australian Highlands Wine Show, held at the Bradman Museum in Bowral on 28 September.
The trophy, presented on the night by celebrity chef, Adam Liaw was a huge honour for this newly-established wine business in Nerriga. Their 2017 Hilltops Shiraz was up against tough competition from renowned producers across the Australian high country. These were the judges comments on the Shiraz class: “Many highlights among a broad range of styles. Great fruit clarity in the top wines.”
Owner of Corang Estate, Michael Bynon is absolutely delighted with the result, saying, “we only launched our range of wines this year and we’re very proud and excited to pick up a trophy with our first release Shiraz. Delivering quality wines is central to everything we do, and this trophy clearly puts us on the map as a top producer.”
We only launched our range of wines this year and we’re very proud and excited to pick up a trophy with our first release Shiraz.Michael Bynon
Corang Estate is a wine producer firmly focused on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. Their vineyard in Nerriga is planted with Shiraz and Tempranillo vines, which should start producing fruit in 2020.
While their estate-grown vines are developing, they sourced small parcels of top-quality fruit from growers in the Hilltops and Tumbarumba regions, releasing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Tempranillo and Shiraz wines this year, all of which have picked up medals in recent wine shows.
They have also just released a small quantity of Reserve Selection Shiraz that was made from fruit from one of Murrumbateman’s oldest and finest vineyards.
Michael Bynon explained, “In common with many producers, our range going forward is likely to include both estate-grown and bought-in fruit.”
Billed as “Wines with Altitude”, the Australian Highlands Wine Show features wines made from grapes sourced from altitudes of 500 metres and above.
Over 140 entries were received this year in the Highlands Wine Show, with particular comments from judges highlighting the exceptional standard of wines entered in 2018. Scoring 96 points from the possible 100, Corang Estate’s Hilltops Shiraz was up against 15 entries from across the range of cool climate regions.
Corang Estate wines are available online, at several farmers’ markets, including Braidwood, across the Tablelands and Shoalhaven, and selected on and off-premise outlets in the local region.