The Other Wine Co’s 2015 Grenache was named the most drinkable wine of 2015/2016 at the launch of Hot 100 Wines SA at Queen’s Theatre on Thursday, December 3.
The Other Wine Co. is a new venture from Shaw + Smith and their 2015 Grenache triumphed over more than 1200 local wines submitted for blind-tasting at the annual wine show now in its ninth year. Nearly 500 people attended the launch hosted by Maxwell Mason that counted down the Hot 10 South Australian wines of 2015/16.
Previous winners include Gentle Folk’s Blossoms (2014), Lofty Valley’s Pinot Noir (2013) and Lucy Margaux’s Noir de Florette (2012). The Other Wine Co’s Grenache was lauded as a “complete package” by the judges. The top 100 South Australian wines of the year are listed in the Hot 100 Wines SA publication, which is available for free at cafes, restaurants and bars around Adelaide.
The Other Wine Co. collecting first prize from Singapore Airlines. Photo: Walter Marsh Murdoch Hill’s 2014 Pinot Noir was judged the second hottest wine of 2015. This was one of two Murdoch Hill wines in the top 10 while four Murdoch Hill drops made the top 100. St Hallett’s 2014 Old Vine Grenache won TAFE SA’s Dreamers and Believers Award while Liam Mugavin was announced as JamFactory’s Drink Dine Design winner.
Fino’s co-owner and manager Sharon Romeo won this year’s Howard Twelftree Award for Outstanding Contribution to Food. This is the second year of the award, which last year was won by chef Duncan Welgemoed (Africola). The top 10 wines of 2015/16 and all the winners are listed below. The Hot 100 Wines SA is available for free in Adelaide’s restaurants, cafes, bars, businesses and pubs. hot100wines.com.au
Hot 100 launch. Photo: Walter Marsh
HOT 10 Wines of 2015/16
1. The Other Wine Co. Grenache 2015 McLaren Vale
2. Murdoch Hill Pinot Noir 2014 Adelaide Hills
3. McGuigan Shortlist Riesling 2007 Eden Valley
4. Eden Hall Riesling 2015 Eden Valley
5. Golding Wines The Handcart Shiraz 2013 Adelaide Hills
6. Tscharke Estate Grenache Mataro 2014 Barossa Valley
7. Paul Morris Bush Vine Grenache 2014 Clare Valley
8. Chaffey Bros Wine Co. Dufte Punkt 2015 Eden Valley
9. BK Wines Rose 2015 Adelaide hills
10. Murdoch Hill Sulky Rouge 2015 Adelaide Hills
TAFE SA’s Dreamers and Believers Award winner: St Hallett 2014 Old Vine Grenache
JamFactory’s Drink Dine Design winner: Liam Mugavin
Howard Twelftree Award: Sharon Romeo (Fino)