Timber towns in wine taste focus

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Silkwood Wines winemaker Michael Ng had a busy day on Friday night, when the winery won six awards at the Timber Towns Wine Show.
Camera IconSilkwood Wines winemaker Michael Ng had a busy day on Friday night, when the winery won six awards at the Timber Towns Wine Show. Credit: Tari Jeffers/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The best of the Lower South West’s wineries were in the spotlight on Friday as part of the annual Timber Towns Wine Show.

The event was put on by the Manjimup Rotary Club and featured dozens of wines being judged across different categories.

Best Wine in Show, Best White Wine and Best Chardonnay went to Whimwood Estate Wines.

Whimwood owner Maree Tinker said while they had won an award before in the show, they had never won Best Wine in Show.

“So we’ve exceeded all our previous endeavours,” she said.

“We would like to thank RSM, Yield Accounting and Boxco for sponsoring the awards we won.

“We would also like to thank all the other sponsors and the wine show committee for their hard work.”

Ms Tinker said of the other exhibitors, that it was great to be benchmarked against such high quality wines.

The Whimwood Estate Wines shiraz also won a gold medal.

“We only entered two wines this year and they both did really well,” Ms Tinker said.

Most Successful Exhibitor, Best Red Wine in Show, Best Riesling, Best Pinot Noir, Best Shiraz and Best Other Single Red Varieties went to Silkwood Wines.

Silkwood Wines winemaker Michael Ng said the awards were a wonderful reward for a lot of hard work.

“It’s not just hard work from myself, it’s from my team, for everyone,” he said.

“It’s credit to the owners for supporting us.

“It highlights the potential of this vineyard, that yes, we can make good wines here and hopefully get even better at it.”

Smithbrook Wines won Best Sauvignon Blanc and Best Merlot and Truffle Hill Wines won Best Sweet Wine.

Peos Estate won Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Dry Red Blends and Firetail won Best Sparkling Wine.

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