Nov 01, 2010
Sheldrake’s Late Harvest Riesling 2008 wins “Best Sweet Riesling Wine in the World” and “Best American Riesling” at Canberra
On October 15, Sheldrake Point Winery won the award for “Best Sweet Riesling Wine in the World” for their 2008 Late Harvest Riesling. The wine also won the distinction of the perpetual American Ambassador’s trophy for Best U.S. Wine in the Canberra International Riesling Challenge2010 (CIRC).
This is the winery’s second Canberra trophy. The 2004 Riesling Ice Wine was awarded the “Best North American Riesling” in the 2005 competition.
Show organizers stated that 500 wines were entered in the 2010 competition and that the CIRC is the largest competition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The wines were judged by a panel of Australian and International exporters.
The Sheldrake Point win is recognition of the increasing excellence of U.S. wines on the world stage and not just from large companies, but also from relatively small wineries such as Sheldrake Point. In addition, the Sheldrake Point win points to the high quality and excellence of U.S. wines produced throughout the country, not just from regions that Australians are typically familiar with. With 44 U.S. winery entrants to the competition, the U.S. was the largest country participating in the event outside of Australia . Exports of U.S. wine are likely to reach record levels in 2010 at $1.0 billion.
Founder principal and partner, Bob Madill, exclaimed “This is wonderful news for us specifically and terrific recognition of the Finger Lakes on the world stage for all Finger Lakes Wineries to celebrate. The Finger Lakes is moving ahead and we can be very pleased and proud of our contributions.”