Natural and Fortified wines filled the top three places of The Adelaide Review Hot 100 South Australian Wines with Domaine Lucci’s 2012 Noir de Florette judged the best South Australian wine of 2012 by a panel of 15 judges.
The Noir de Florette was one of two natural wines placed in the top three of the annual wine show with Didi’s Giallo coming in at number three. The 2011 Giallo also won the inaugural Le Cordon Bleu Natural Wine Award. Both natural wines are from the Adelaide Hills, a region responsible for five of the top 10 wines.
Almost 1200 wines were submitted for the Hot 100 SA Wines show. Coordinator of Judges James Erskine said Domaine Lucci’s Noir de Florette showcased all the “brightness and freshness of South Australia’s spring and at the end of the day was unarguably the most drinkable wine of the show”.
Domaine Lucci’s Anton Von Klopper said he never imagined winning with his natural drop.
“I believe all winemakers strive to make great wine and that we are blessed in South Australia to have so much diversity,” he said. “I am part of a stubborn group who don’t like additives in my food or wine and thus take the difficult art of wine to its limits. Winning an award will hopefully inspire others to make wines from the heart and not from the head.”
Dandelion Vineyards’ Fortified wine, the Legacy of the Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximenez, was judged the second best South Australian wine of 2012.