“For me it has been a fascinating to see the depth of creativity and vision across labels and packaging and how design brings a bottle to life in wine bars, restaurants and at wine cellars. We look forward to offering some of these wines across our venue to further showcase excellence” shared Keystone Group Sommelier Sarah Limacher.
Last night, I had a ball with Sarah and others at the Australian Wine Design Competition Awards 2012. The awards were hosted by Keystone Group at The Winery in Crown Street, Surry Hills. Spotted in the crowd was Keystone Group Director Paul Schulte (who chatted with me about his plans to revamp the Newtown Hotel), Lisa McGuigan and a number of Australia’s top wine makers, graphic designers, media and industry,
Lisa McGuigan, who chaired the national judging panel, presented the winners with her usual flair in the eclectic surrounds of The Winery’s upstairs space. As I stood next to Troy Kalleske, waiting for the announcements, I joked with him, that he would win as I’m a lucky charm. Somehow I always seem to be in the right place at the right time.
“Chatting w Troy Kalleske at Australian Wine Design Awards – Sydney Owner/winemaker visiting from Barossa Valley.” I typed onto twitter.
“He won! Troy Kalleske – wine label design open class fortified. Designer himself! Impressive!! (+ congratulations Troy)” also went onto the iPhone.
Then I spread the news in real time; “Taylors Clare Valley SA scooped the Australian Wine Design Awards winning 3 awards.” @frombecca
Australia’s Best Wine Bottle
Taylor Wines Winemaker’s Project Clare Valley GSM 2010
Boutique Sparkling Wine Trophy
Niccolo Sparkling Prosecco Adelaide Hills 2011
Boutique White Wine Trophy
Single Vineyard Chardonnay McClaren Vale 2010
Boutique Red Wine Trophy
Smith and Hooper Merlot Wrattonbully 2009
Open Class Sparkling Wine Trophy
Grant Burge NV Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Barossa and Eden Valleys
Open Class White Wine Trophy
Yalumba Cristobel’s Barossa Classic Dry White
Open Class Red Wine Trophy
Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Shiraz Eden Valley 2010
Open Class Dessert Wine Trophy
Kallesek JMK VP Shiraz Barossa Valley 2009
Over 500 Ton White Wine Trophy
Taylors Crooked Horse Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Clare Valley 2010
Professional Designer’s Original Concept Trophy
Virgin Wines Australia Wandering Frenchman Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula
“The more crowded and competitive the market becomes the more pressure there is on getting the packaging right… each brand has to give out a quality message or be lost in the hurdy-gurdy of hyper activity.”
Judith Kennedy, CEO Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc.