Avon Brae Eden Valley Shiraz 2016 awarded platinum medal

 Winemaker Julie Montgomery.
Winemaker Julie Montgomery.

Avon Brae Eden Valley Shiraz 2016 vintage has brought success to its creator, winemaker Julie Montgomery.

The wine was presented a platinum medal at the recent Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (DWWA).

It received 97 points out of 100 in a competition where almost 17,000 wines were judged.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled as this award is further proof that Eden Valley is one of the world’s most premium regions producing complex, but elegant wines,” Ms Montgomery said.

This Shiraz was crafted from select parcels of grapes sourced from premium high altitude vineyards, and then matured 18 months in new and seasoned French oak to add complexity and length.

“The result is a warm, soft and full flavoured Shiraz,” she said.

“This elegant wine bristles with powerful blackberry, plum and spice flavours, while the integrated oak and silky soft tannins add to its intricacy.”

Located in the Barossa Ranges, the Eden Valley is one of the most cherished areas in Australia for premium wine production.

With an elevation of 460 metres, this pristine region – first planted to the vine in 1847 – is home to some of the oldest Riesling and Shiraz vines in the world.

The cool climate, ancient soils and later ripening conditions mean that Eden Valley wines are distinctive in their character with wonderful elegance, complexity and finesse – and this winning wine is a fine example of this.

“The Avon Brae Eden Valley Shiraz 2016 is a fruit-driven Shiraz with great depth of flavour and layers of complexity added by the skilful winemaking,” Cellarmasters cellar director Christine Ricketts explained.

Avon Brae Shiraz is exclusive to wine retailer Cellarmasters, and has for 15 years had its own Icon Wine Reservation, which means it has a cult following of customers that have subscribed to receive a case of every vintage of the Shiraz.

In total, Australia had 26 wines with platinum scores.