Corymbia 2019 Winner

For the first time in The West Australian Good Food Guide Awards we present a new award, The WA Wine Of The Year.

The WOTY award has a more consumer-focused stance than traditional wine reviewing and judging, because most wine consumed in Australia is done so in restaurants and cafes. This makes sense to us. This is why our panel of judges included one of Australia’s finest sommeliers – and the winner of The West Australian Good Food Guide Sommelier Of The Year award in 2017 – Emma Farrelly.

The judging panel was chaired by renowned Australian wine writer and wine judge Mike Bennie, already known for his fearless and fun wine reviewing, his extraordinary palate and his well-considered opinions on the wine sector.

The award celebrates excellence, so while we may take a slightly different, consumer-friendly tack to more traditional awards systems, the winning wine will always be the finest wine on the day. So while the judges considered innovation, modern tastes, adventurous wine making and new approaches to vinification, it was the best tasting wine that won.

Regarding the winner, Judge Mike Bennie wrote in his report that “the pedigree of the winemaker and attention to detail have combined to make the Corymbia Tempranillo Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon a wine of great distinction.

There is no escaping the elegance, detail and interest in this wine. It’s a satiny, bright and vivacious red of easy drinking but good architecture, shape and complexity. There’s long and rolling dark berry, truffle, olive and dried herb characters with beautiful, ripe, spice-laden perfume in tow. It’s a wine that asserts its elegance and drinkability.”