September 11, 2012
“Winners are Grinners” and since last Thursday David O’Leary and Nick Walker haven’t wiped the smiles off their faces!
Any medal, award or trophy makes always makes the recipient proud, but there is always something extra special about winning an internationally acclaimed Trophy. Last Wednesday night the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards were held at the Royal Opera House in London. Considered by many as the “Olympics of the wine industry” this show saw some 14,120 wines judged. There were only two International Trophies awarded to Australian wines, so we’re delighted of the success of David and Nick’s; 2009 O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling, which is about to hit the in the coming weeks, great value @ €17.95 a bottle.
James Halliday gave this wine 94 points, in his Australian Wine Companion. In June this wine won the Regional Trophy for Australian Riesling and progressed through the judging process to be awarded the International Trophy for Dry Riesling. O’Leary Walkers Rieslings are always tight and restrained when fresh and young but it is amazing to watch these wines open up and develop over each coming year.
The judges’ comments were:-Incredibly fresh and lively with exceptional flavour, some maturity and delicious, tangy fruit. Superb lime, citrus, petrol and mineral notes, lemon aromas and floral lift. Outstanding value.
As David O’Leary and Nick Walker comment, “Trophy wins of this calibre confirm that we made the right decision to create our own brand, utilising our years of experience to make our own wines. The Polish Hill River Riesling is one of those wines that starts out delicately and restrained but opens up with an array of vibrant flavours, whilst retaining its purity and finesse.”
There is a reason why many punters refer to David and Nick as the “Kings of Riesling”.