Held annually in June, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) is the largest and most influential wine showcase in America, attracting thousands of entries from around the world.
Several wines made for and sold exclusive by Cellarmasters won top honours at the 2016 San Francisco Wine Competition. Winning a medal is a reliable indication of excellence, with judges universally placing medal winners among the very best.
From the Barossa Valley in South Australia, McLeans Farm Master Barossa Shiraz 2014 won Best Shiraz of the Show along with a Double Gold medal (Double Gold is awarded to wines that earn top marks from all judges). These awards are a testament to the quality and character of wines made by the late Bob McLean.
The Barossa Valley also excelled when Krondorf Symmetry Barossa Shiraz 2013 won a Silver medal.
From the deep south in Tasmania, Riversdale Estate impressed judges with their Crater Chardonnay 2014 winning Gold. Riversdale's rise has been nothing short of meteoric. Their flagship ‘Crater’ has won Gold medals every year since its launch with the 2008 vintage. The delightfully ethereal Riversdale Estate Centaurus Pinot Noir 2014 won a Silver medal – classed as a well-crafted wine that is well above average.
Mum’s Block Barossa Shiraz 2014 – only available through a reservation list (currently fully subscribed) – won Gold. From the Rohrlach family vineyards, this long-lived Shiraz is a classic Barossa style, well worth cellaring.
Shark’s Block McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013 is another wine only available via a reservation list. At the SFIWC it won Silver, in recognition of the premium quality of fruit sourced from the Shark’s Block vineyard.
Dorrien Estate, rated 5 red stars in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2016, secured Gold for the Dorrien Estate Bin 1 Barossa Shiraz 2014 as well as Silver for the Dorrien Estate Bin 1A Chardonnay 2014. The Bin 1 always showcases the best fruit for the Barossa region and it looks like the Judges across the Pacific love this style; the Bin 1A is a style made from several regions, with the 2014 Bin 1A made with fruit grown in Margaret River (Western Australia), Coal River Valley (Tasmania) and Mt Benson (South Australia).
If you can get your hands on any of these wines, they’re well worth adding to your collection.
- Wine Shows