A gold finish for a Padthaway label

PADTHAWAY wine label Henry's Drive has achieved greatness, taking out the highest number of accolades for the region at this year's 14th annual Limestone Coast Wine Show.

Brand's Laira's Coonawarra One Seven One Cabernet Sauvignon was named the top wine for the second year running at the awards night on October 30, held at Coonawarra's Katnook Woolshed.

Wrattonbully wine region collected three major trophies and 10 gold medals.

A total of 418 entries were received from 86 exhibitors for the show, and 43 gold medals, 58 silver and 146 bronze medals were awarded.

Henry's Drive won four awards including a gold in the Class 13 Shiraz for its 2012 Henry's Drive Shiraz on 55.5 points.

Following the same class, two 2012s including the Magnus and Pillar Box got bronze with an equal score of 47.

In the Class 14 Cabernet Sauvignon it got silver for the 2012 Pillar Box with a score of 51.

In Class 16's Red Blends containing shiraz it got another silver for its 2012 shiraz/cabernet sauvignon with a score of 51.

Morambro Creek's labels also did well in Class 4 Chardonnay with a bronze for its 2014 Jip Jip Rocks with a score of 49.5 and in Class 13 Shiraz with a bronze for its 2012 with a score of 46.5.

As promised by Padthaway Estate vigneron Stephen Brown, it entered with a focus on sparkling.

It too delivered - in Class 28 Premium Sparkling White, at least 18 months or less, with a bronze for its 2008 Eliza blanc de blanc with a score of 49.

Chairman of judges Andrew Wigan reflected on the competition and said 59 per cent of all wines entered won a medal.

"That's an incredibly high number that speaks volumes for the quality of wines that are coming out of the region," Mr Wigan said.

"And the fact that this year's winners were spread right around the Limestone Coast gives a lot of credibility to the Limestone Coast as a region; the great wines aren't just coming from the traditional areas - they are coming from the newer areas as well, and I think that's really exciting."

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