Symphony Hill Wines on the Granite Belt has been awarded a national trophy for its 2014 Gewurztraminer at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.

The 2014 Gewurztraminer was awarded Best Single Varietal White Wine. This is the fourth time Symphony Hill has been a finalist for a trophy at Royal Melbourne. Their 2013 Gewurztraminer was finalist there last year. The 2013 vintage was rated five stars by James Halliday and awarded trophy at Royal Brisbane Wine Show in July with chief judge PJ Charteris remarking that Symphony Hill Wines has set a new benchmark for Gewurztraminer in Australia.

Accepting the trophy, winemaker Mike Hayes said, “This is a career highlight that lifts Symphony Hill to yet another level. Trophies at national wine shows for successive vintages are rarely achieved by any winery. We have a great team, lead by our exceptionally talented assistant winemaker, Tom Battle. They invest so much into the winemaking at Symphony Hill and this is wonderful recognition of their efforts. You never stop learning in this game and it is great to see success for not only our mainstream varieties like our signature Reserve Shiraz, but also critical acclaim for our alternative varieties. It has been quite an exciting 6 months where we have achieved trophies at two national wine shows and 6 new release wines rated 5 stars by James Halliday. After releasing our wines 10 years ago I think we can safely say we are off our L Plates.”

Mike Hayes was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research alternative grape varieties in Europe late last year and also gained valuable insights into how to add more texture to white wines. “We have other exciting wines being released shortly to our wine club members including lagrein, nebbiolo and petit manseng. It is exciting to see the wine landscape of Australia changing as people discover new exciting grape varieties.”