Cherubino Chardonnay takes Wine of Show at the 2021 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show

VIEW PDF  This year the Margaret River Wine Association and Wine Show Sub-Committee celebrated the 20th Margaret River Wine Show. Continuing its recent winning streak, the 2020 Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay took home three trophies, including Best Chardonnay, Best White Wine and Best Wine of Show. This adds the five trophies it had already picked up at two other wine shows earlier this year.

Larry Cherubino said, “it was great to be there and celebrate with our amazing winemaking and viticultural team.”
From the 762 Margaret River wines, submitted by 105 exhibitors, 80 wines, or 10.5% of all entries, received a gold medal, which equates to 95 points or above.

Chair of Judges Nick Ryan said at the Gala lunch, “It’s been a pleasure and privilege to lead a brilliant group of judges at this year’s Show. You can’t help but come away from a few intense days debating the region’s best confident that Margaret River is performing at an exceptionally high level and assured that it’s only going to get higher in years to come.”

Margaret River Wine Association CEO, Amanda Whiteland said, “We believe Margaret River was the only regional wine show in Australia that has interstate judges this year, which confirms our team’s tenacity and also the desirability of an invitation to judge here.”

The Xanadu team triumphed again this year taking home five trophies, including Most Successful Exhibitor. Xanadu Head Winemaker Glenn Goodall said, “The Margaret River Wine Show has been one of the highlights of the year for Xanadu. Performing well at our local show, amongst so many other great Margaret River producers, is always an incredible achievement for the team and our growers.

It was great to see interstate judges back at the show this year, we are obviously wrapped with the results! The icing on the cake was again being awarded the Langton’s Trophy for Wines of Provenance, especially given the pride we take in our Cabernets. It is testament to the efforts of so many people over the years at Xanadu. I’m very proud of the whole team.”

The Margaret River Wine Association was thrilled to announce the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to lifetime wine zealot, importer and retailer John Jens, and the winners of the Viticultural and Wine Tourism Excellence Awards also.

Langton’s 2021 Margaret River Wine Show Trophy and Awards: Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Show
Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay 2020

Margaret River Wagyu Trophy for Red Wine of Show
Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Labelmakers Group Trophy for White Wine of Show
Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay 2020

Vinline Mobile Bottling Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor
Xanadu Wines

Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Provenance
Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 2014, 2020

City of Busselton Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Multi-Color Trophy for Best Chardonnay
Cherubino Margaret River Chardonnay 2020

Tonnellerie de Mercurey Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Red
McHenry Hohnen Hazel's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Portavin Trophy for Best Single Vineyard White
Deep Woods Estate Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

Cospak / Saverglass Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot 2018

Winequip / Lallemand Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc
Wills Domain Mystic Spring Sauvignon Blanc 2021

MR Refund Trophy for Best Blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
Xanadu DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2020

My Vintner Trophy for Best Other White Blend or Varietal
tripe.Iscariot Kroos Chenin Blanc 2020

Fusion Electrical Trophy for Best Shiraz
Stella Bella Shiraz 2020

Chr. Hansen Trophy for Best Rosé
Marq Serious Rosé 2021

Hahn Corporation Trophy for Best Other Red Blend or Varietal
Evans & Tate Single Vineyard "Carter Road Vineyard" Malbec 2020

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
John Jens

Viticultural Excellence Award – sponsored by Happs Wines
Chris Gilmore, Clairault Streicker

Wine Tourism Excellence Award – sponsored by Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
Grace Pigram, Vasse Felix

This year, the awards were presented at a Gala luncheon rather than a dinner and the new format under a spiry tent at Swings & Roundabouts in Yallingup was well received by the 190 attendees at the sold-out celebration.

The Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show was judged at the Margaret River HEART from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October 2021.

Judges were (in alphabetic order by surname):

• Nick Ryan (Chair of Judges) – Writer, Presenter, Communicator
• Anna Pooley – Winemaker, Pooley Wines, Tasmania
• Daniel Swincer – Chief Winemaker, Pernod Ricard, South Australia
• Emma Farrelly – Director of Wine, State Buildings, Western Australia
• Erin Larkin – Wine Writer, Halliday Wine Companion, Western Australia
• Kate Laurie – Winemaker & Owner, Deviation Road, South Australia
• Kim Horton – Senior Winemaker, Willow Bridge Estate, Western Australia
• Liam McElhinney – General Manager & Chief Winemaker, Tasmanian Vintners, Tasmania
• Tim Lovett – Senior Winemaker, Leeuwin Estate, Western Australia
• Tom Wallace – Winemaker / Winery Manager, Brown Family Wine Group, Tasmania

Associate Judges were Andrew Bretheton - Deep Woods Estate, Matt Buchan - Cherubino Wines, Japo Dalli Cani - McHenry Hohnen Vintners, Matt Godfrey - Devil’s Lair, Foni Pollitt - Mayfair Lane and Feleasha Prendergast - Margaret River Vintners.

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