The annual Swan Valley Wine Show Awards Dinner, held at Belvoir Homestead, capped off another successful wine show with guests, sponsors and winemakers enjoying Belvoirs chef’s personally designed menu to complement the finest wines from the Swan Valley region.
Judges at the2013 Swan Valley Wine Shows judged 218 wines from 28 producers with 20 gold, 38 silver and 91 bronze medals awarded highlighting the quality of the region’s wines.
Interstate guest head judge, James Godfrey, renowned chief fortified winemaker from Penfolds in the Barossa Valley, had high praise for the wines exhibited. He was particularly impressed with the high quality of Swan Valley Verdelho and Shiraz and the region’s fortified wines. Special mention was made to a relative new variety and gold medal winning Durif (Pinelli Estate 2012 Reserve Durif) which he said appeared to very well suited to the Swan Valley’s climate and soils.
Standout producers of the evening’s awards were:
- Faber Vineyards who took out 3 trophies with the 2006 Faber Swan Verdelho., Best White Wine, Best Swan Valley Table Wine and the sought after Chairman’s trophy.
- Mandoon Estate also enjoyed great success taking out the Best Dry Red Wine (grown outside of the Swan Valley) with the 2012 Mandoon Estate Reserve Cabernet, Best Dry Red Table Wine and Best Shiraz with 2012 Mandoon Estate Old Vine Shiraz and the prestigious City of Swan Trophy for the highest average score overall.
- Sittella Wines took out the Most Successful Exhibitor trophy with a tally of 31 points from 16 medals.
The evening also featured the latest induction, Vince Yurisich, into the “Icon of the Swan Valley” hall of fame for 2013. To be eligible to be inducted as an Icon of the Swan Valley a person must have exhibited a minimum of twenty five years of significant influence in the history of winemaking in the Swan Valley.
Vince followed in his father’s footsteps by taking over the family wine business, Olive Farm Wines in the early 1960’s. Vince had no formal training in winemaking or viticulture and learnt all of his skills from his father Ivan along with another Swan Valley Icon, Dorham Mann.
After producing predominantly bulk wines at the humble winery in South Guildford, Vince produced his first bottled table wine in 1964. Vince won his first gold medal at the 1966 Perth Royal Show with his Muscat of Alexandria and in 1970’s he won numerous awards and Best Small Producer.
Vince was a longstanding member of the Perth Royal Show Wine Committee where he helped developed classes for small WA producers. Vince was the president of the Swan Valley Regional Winemakers Association for a number of years and was also heavily involved in the Swan Valley Vitner’s Club, in the capacity as Winemaster.
In 1981, Vince handed the family business over to his son Ian, where he continued to enjoy the wine industry and family business up until the day he passed away in early 2000. The Icon Award was proudly accepted posthumously on Vince’s behalf by his wife Jan and son Ian.
Anthony Yurisich, current winemaker at Olive Farm, acknowledged the values and huge inspiration passed on by his grandfather and the pride he has in being part of the family’s fourth-generation winemaking business in the Swan Valley.
Full list of wine show results can be viewed at on their website.