03/12/2021 - 11:00

3drops red wins international prize

03/12/2021 - 11:00

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3drops' 2018 cabernet franc has beat wines from around the world to be named the Best Red in Show at the Global Fine Wine Challenge.

3drops red wins international prize
Joanne Bradbury says being able to benchmark their products against other new world wine producers' was extremely valuable.

3drops' 2018 cabernet franc has beat wines from around the world to be named the Best Red in Show at the Global Fine Wine Challenge.

The competition features ‘new world’ wines and is restricted to include the top 120 drops from countries including Canada, New Zealand, North America and South Africa.

It’s the first time an Australian red has won the title.

The wine, made in Mount Barker, also won the cabernet franc category.

3drops owner Joanne Bradbury said being able to benchmark their products against other new world wine producers' was extremely valuable.

“As a boutique producer, in a relatively isolated and distant wine-producing region, winning the cabernet franc trophy and the best red of a global sow is an opportunity to showcase the 3drops brand and the Great Southern region on the world stage,” Ms Bradbury said.

She said despite making the 2drops cabernet blend since 2001, the 2018 vintage was the first time they produced a varietal cabernet franc.

“As our cabernet franc vines have matured- they were planted in 1999- we have seen the quality of the fruit become quite exceptional,” Ms Bradbury said.

“Cabernet franc as a variety appears particularly well suited to the cool climate wine growing of our Great Southern vineyard.

“The wines grow on a gentle south-facing protected slope in ancient gravelly loam soil.”

Global Fine Wine Challenge director Ross Anderson said the quality of wines was among the best of the past ten years.

Meanwhile, yesterday it was announced four WA wineries had been named as being part of Young Guns of Wine’s Top 50 Vineyard list for 2021.

The winners included Deep Woods Estate, McHenry Hohnen, Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate.  

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