For the second time in two years our gorgeous Fiano has been honoured with a Champion White Wine award. Last year it was the 2015 that won Champion Queensland White Wine at the Australian Small Winemakers’ Show, this time the Fiano 2016 won gold at the Queensland Wine Awards, as well as Champion Alternative Variety White Wine. Brad has struggled to rehabilitate this vineyard and we are both rejoicing in the beautiful wines resulting from our hard work to produce premium wine grapes. You might say all our hard work is now bearing fruit!
Once again the coveted Dick de Luca Memorial Trophy for Best Queensland Shiraz is taking pride of place in our cellar door – the second time in three years. Our 2012 Old Vine Shiraz won the Trophy in 2014 and in now we have won again in 2016 for the 2014 Millenium Shiraz (to be released around April 2017).
No sooner had Brad taken his seat at the Awards Presentation, than he was called out again to receive the Trophy for Champion Queensland White Wine for our 2015 Fiano Classico (also to be released around April 2015). What a wonderful surprise, especially when both our other entries also won Bronze medals. This means that every wine we make has medalled. It’s quite an honour and gratifying as we put so much effort into producing superb fruit that has all the flavours and qualities necessary to make outstanding wines. A big thanks to Mike Hayes, our winemaker, and his team.
Savina Lane Wines has added yet another gold medal to its tally. This makes four golds and two trophies shared between our five varieties. The only one that hasn’t won gold (yet) is our Tempranillo, which has had to be content with two Bronzes. To our absolute delight, the 2014 Barrel Ferment Wild Yeast Viognier was awarded Gold at the 2015 Australian Small Winemakers’ Show. This prestigious event attracts entries from all around Australia and New Zealand. Our lovely wine is due for release mid 2014 but as we made only around 980 bottles our Inner Circle will receive first option on this wine and may reserve stock which will be set aside and stored in our underground wine cellar until ready for release, at no charge to members.