Blue Pyrenees top drop wins at state awards

Blue Pyrenees Estate winemaker Chris Smales accepted the wineryʼs Best Sparkling award from a member of the awards sponsor, Ozpak, at the 2018 Victorian Wine Show last month.

Avoca’s Blue Pyrenees Estate has once again proved it is at the top of the grape vine when it comes to producing some of Victoria’s best wines.

The winery’s most recent achievement came this month at the 2018 Victorian Wine Show where it took out the Best Sparkling category for its 2015 Midnight Cuvee Chardonnay.

Blue Pyrenees Estate CEO and chief winemaker Andrew Koerner said he wasn’t expecting to receive the award for the chardonnay, which went on the market the same week the awards were announced.

“We’re particularly pleased with this one, we weren’t expecting it all,” he said.

“It’s particularly prestigious to be awarded best sparkling in Victoria because there’s some pretty hot competition here.”

Mr Koerner said Blue Pyrenees enters wines in the Victorian Wine Show every year and while they’ve done well in the past, this the first time they’ve taken out the sparkling category.

“It’s quite a well run show and we really like it, there’s some great competition,” he said.

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