Stefano Radici, from Nuova Scuola Wines at Moffatdale, said he was “blown away” to have the winery’s NV Fortified Verdelho selected as Champion Wine Of The Show at this year’s Queensland Wine Awards (Photo: NS)

September 27, 2023

South Burnett winemakers walked away with a swag of medals at this year’s Queensland Wine Awards.

The winners were announced at a special dinner held at The Star Hotel in Brisbane last week.

Nuova Scuola took out the Champion Of Show award for its NV Fortified Verdelho, and Clovely Estate won a top gold medal for its 2014 Terroir Semillion.

The annual awards, now in their 39th year, are run by the Queensland Wine Industry Association and judged by a panel of interstate and overseas winemakers.

They are limited to wines produced in Queensland to discover the best wines the State has to offer each year.

However, the event now allows winemakers to submit wines produced in Queensland from grapes grown outside the State on the proviso these wines will only be eligible for medals, not trophies.

Most of the State’s leading wineries submitted wines for the competition.

In all, judges evaluated 218 entries across 21 classes, with Clovely Estate, Moffatdale Ridge, Nuova Scuola and Hillsdale Estate all receiving medals.

In addition to its top Gold medal, Clovely Estate won two silver medals and four bronzes.

Moffatdale Ridge secured three silver medals, and Nuova Scuola a gold, two silvers and a bronze, while Hillsdale Estate received two bronzes.

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39th Queensland Wine Awards Results

Class 01 – Verdelho – Single Variety
Clovely Estate 2023 Terroir Verdelho – Silver
Moffatdale Ridge 2023 Verdelho – Silver
Nuova Scuola 2023 Verdelho – Silver

Class 02 – Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc – Single Variety
Clovely Estate 2023 Terroir Semillon – Silver
Moffatdale Ridge 2023 Semillon – Silver

Class 04 – Italian White – Single Variety
Hillsdale Estate 2023 Vermentino – Bronze

Class 05 – Dry White Varietal
Nuova Scuola 2023 Viognier – Silver

Class 07 – Mer5lot, Cabernet Sauvignon – Single Variety
Hillsdale Estate 2021 Merlot – Bronze

Class 10 – Dry Red Varietal Wines
Nuova Scuola 2022 Tempranillo – Bronze
Clovely Estate 2021 Terroir Saperavi – Bronze

Class 11 – Dry Red Blends
Moffatdale Ridge 2020 Tre Sante Caberenet Shiraz Merlot – Silver
Clovely Estate 2019 Terroir Shiraz and Saperavi – Bronze

Class 17 – Fortified Wines – All Styles
Nuova Scuola NV Fortified Verdelho – Gold + Champion Wine Of Show

Class 18 – Sparkling Wines (Red or White)
Clovely Estate NV Table Brut Reserve – Bronze

Class 20 – Museum Class
Clovely Estate 2014 Terroir Semillon – Top Gold
Clovely Estate 2017 Terroir Semillon – Bronze


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