Avon Brae Moculta Eden Valley Shiraz 2017 receives 95 points

A trophy win for the Avon Brae Moculta Eden Valley Shiraz 2017 has left its winemaker Richard Quodling immensely proud of the team who help to produce it. Photo: Supplied
A trophy win for the Avon Brae Moculta Eden Valley Shiraz 2017 has left its winemaker Richard Quodling immensely proud of the team who help to produce it. Photo: Supplied

The Avon Brae Moculta Eden Valley Shiraz 2017 has been awarded a Trophy and 95 points at the prestigious International Wine Challenge 2019 (IWC 2019) in England this month.

"It was an honour to be recognised at such a prestigious international competition," winemaker Richard Quodling shared.

He says the trophy is a testament to the fantastic work of the growers, winemaking and cellar teams, with the wine made exclusively for Cellarmasters.

Only 19 Australian wines were awarded trophies in the wine IWC, and the announcement followed two weeks of rigorous blind-tasting of wines from over 40 countries, performed by a panel of 400 international wine experts.

Now in its 36th year, the challenge is regarded as the world's finest and most meticulously judged competition.

It views every wine 'blind' and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.

Each medal-winning wine is tasted on at least three separate occasions by a minimum of 12 different judges, including 'Masters of Wine'.

The Eden Valley Shiraz awarded 95 points. Photo: Supplied

The Eden Valley Shiraz awarded 95 points. Photo: Supplied

"This award shows that although Eden Valley is a relatively small region, it makes some of the world's most beautiful, complex wines," Mr Quodling said.

This particular wine was crafted from fine parcels of Shiraz, and then matured 12 months in new and seasoned French oak to add complexity and length.

The judges described the wine as "classy and poised", and "voluptuous", giving it the score of 95 points out of 100.

Tasting notes from judges highlight: 'Black fruit, Pomfret cake and baking spice on the nose. Lifted raspberry flavours and subtle herbaceous nuances. Classy and poised, with a pepper and spice finish. Voluptuous and food friendly'.

With an elevation of 460 metres, the pristine region of Eden Valley was first planted to the vine in 1847, and like the Barossa Valley floor and western region is home to some of the oldest Riesling and Shiraz vines in the world.

Mr Quodling said the cool climate, ancient soils and later ripening conditions mean that Eden Valley are distinctive in their character with wonderful elegance, complexity and finesse.

However, he believes that the best may yet be to come.

"We're about to blend the 2018 wine, and the 2019 has just gone to oak, and both are showing great promise."