Independently-owned Australian alcohol company, Vok Beverages, is celebrating a massive result at the 2021 New Zealand International Wine Show, taking home a much sought-after Double Gold result and three Gold Medals.
The prestigious Double Gold medal was won by the Galway Pipe 25-year-old Rare Tawny. Galway Pipe is a brand that pays homage to the legacy of Sir Henry Galway, ex-Governor of South Australia who was renowned for personally selecting the best fortified wines from the 500L barrels, or “pipes,” at the winery to be served exclusively at Governor House.
Fermented and aged in oak for 25 years, the new addition to the Galway Rare line follows a long history of success with the Galway 12-year-old Tawny and lives up to Galway’s standards of delivering the epitome of Australian fortified wine.
The 2021 New Zealand International Wine Show saw the Galway Pipe 12-year-old Tawny add another feather to its cap, taking out the Gold Medal.
Galway head winemaker, Chris Dix, said the 25-year-old Tawny has been a labour of love and that the team behind the fortified were delighted to achieve international recognition after years of work.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to personally nurture our oldest Galway fortified barrels for the past ten years and bring this amazing blend to life,” Dix said.
“With our comprehensive portfolio of tawny batches, I have had the ability to barrel select the finest old components from 25- to 30-year-old batches for our 25-year-old blend. The team is overjoyed to be recognised internationally with this fantastic award.”
Vok Beverages-owned Beresford brand took out a further two Gold Medals. The Beresford winery has operated in the heart of McLaren Vale since 1985, is family-owned and passionately South Australian.
Beresford was awarded the Gold Medal for its 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which features fruit 100 per cent sourced from the Estate vineyards in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. Planted in 1965 in the picturesque hillside vineyards sit Beresford’s Cabernet vines, which still provide the fruit behind these wines to this day.
The wine has been praised for its fruit intensity and herbal complexity, with mint, violet and crushed rock.
Beresford also took home the Gold Medal for the 2019 Classic Cabernet Sauvignon which offers a classic example of McLaren Vale wines. This was the first showing for the 2019 Classic Cabernet Sauvignon, which was only released this week, but it follows similar accolades for the 2018 vintage.
The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand. Entry is open for wines from any country and made from any grape variety.