A Clare valley winery has claimed a top prize at the United Nations of Fine Wines in Belgium.
Taylors Wines 2016 Masterstroke Cabernet Shiraz blend, was one of 10 thousand wines judged from 46 wine producing countries and brought home the Sylvain Trophy for Oaked Wine.
300 expert judges from across Europe judged the 10,000 wines and Taylors was the only Australian winery to claim the honour of winning one of 100 Grand Gold medals at the show.
Despite a challenging year for the wine industry, with bushfires, drought, a pandemic and an ongoing international trade dispute, winemaker Mitchell Taylor believes international awards prove Australia is still one of the world’s premium wine-producing countries.
The Sylvain Trophy for Oaked Wine is only in its second year after being introduced last year, recognising a wine that demonstrates world-class integration of oak in winemaking.
The inaugural award in 2020 was awarded to the 2008 Don Jacobo Gran Reserva by Bodegas Corral in Rioja.
Taylors 2016 Masterstroke Clare Valley Cabernet Shiraz was unveiled in June this year.
It is a classic blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz fruit from the family’s Clare Valley estate and is a full-bodied wine showcasing flavours of rich dark plum, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, and mint.