Accepting the award on behalf of the winery, Richard Porter acknowledged the significance of taking out an award in SA, the largest grape-growing state in the nation and, he said, the “spiritual home” of the wine industry in Australia.
Deep Woods Estate in Margaret River, WA, was bought by the Fogarty Wine Group in 2005. The group also owns vineyards in the Perth Hills and Pemberton in WA and in the NSW Hunter Valley.
The 32ha Deep Woods Estate is situated in the northern corner of the Margaret River wine-growing region and credits its success to a combination of terroir, the cooling breezes of the Indian Ocean and Geographe Bay.
The winning wine was produced from grapes grown in the Estate’s Block 3, one of the original blocks planted on the property, by winemaker Julian Langworthy who joined the team in 2011.
Porter described the trophy as a reward for the rigours and long hours put into making the wine which he described as a “team effort”.
The wine was selected from a field of more than 2600 assessed over four days at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
Chairman of judges Michael Brajkovich MW said the Max Schubert Trophy was one of the country’s top wine awards.
“We were (also) really impressed by the Cabernet Sauvignon classes – in particular the Bordeaux blends with varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Franc.”
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