National Cool Climate Wine Show, 2018: Ballinaclash Wines scores a medal

TOP DROP: Ballinaclash Wines owners Peter and Cath Mullany with their medal winning Thomas 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo: SUPPLIED 102318wine2

TOP DROP: Ballinaclash Wines owners Peter and Cath Mullany with their medal winning Thomas 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo: SUPPLIED 102318wine2

YOUNG can boast to having one of the top tasting wines in Australia with Ballinaclash Wines receiving a silver medal at the National Cool Climate Wine Show (NCCWS).

The annual show, now in its 20th year, attracted more than 800 cool climate wine entries from 157 winemakers across the country.

Ballinaclash owners Cath and Peter Mullany are no stranger to entering the Bathurst based show and say their entry has already performed very well at a number of other shows this year.

“The Thomas 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has won four trophies and 15 awards just this year so we’re pretty happy,” Mrs Mullany said.

“Our red wines, and the red wines of the Hilltops, are beautiful.”

Mrs Mullany praised their winemakers Chris Derrez and Lucy Maddox for helping them and their wines score so highly.

“They were just fabulous … with beautiful grapes from Ballinaclash and their wine making, we’re onto a good thing,” she said.

Just two silver medals were awarded in the Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 vintage class at the show, the other went to Grape Expectations Vintners from Western Australia.

During last year’s NCCWS, Ballinaclash’s 2016 Edward Shiraz scored a gold medal in the 2016 Vintage Shiraz Class at the national show.

NCCWS spokeswoman Michelle Kerr said the event provided entrants the opportunity to benchmark wines and gain valuable feedback from well-respected industry leaders.

“The show incorporated noble varieties to upcoming grape varieties, inclusive of both boutique and larger wine making companies,” she said.

“The calibre of wines on display at the show has far exceeded this year’s expectations.”

During this year’s NCCWS, exhibitors were awarded with total of 389 medals, including 36 gold, 86 silver and 257 bronze.