The awards dinner for the 36th Barossa Wine Show was much like many that had gone before – full of good humour, expectation and ebullient celebration, all washed down with a general sense of community well-being and fortified with a healthy amount of competitive zeal.

In simple, top-line terms: Yalumba killed-the-pig (hey, it’s not Barossa if there isn’t a porcine analogy…); Lehmann showed that Andrew Wigan and his team can nail pretty much anything they turn their hand to, including making an Eden Valley Chardonnay present like the very best of the Melbourne dress circle; Seppeltsfield continued to deliver on last year’s promise (possibly the most important story in the Australian wine community); and Peter Scholz bowed-out of the wine show committee with a Trophy-winning performance. So far, so gemütlich…

And yet the most important result was not the one competitively judged on points. After the challenges of 2011 – in fact, perhaps a vintage ‘more sinned against than sinning’ – the Barossa now has a pigeon pair of releases in 2010 reds and 2012 whites that are not only ‘world class’ in respective terms, but ‘world-beating’ when considered in tandem.

Pinch yourself: Barossa red and white is the new black…

2012 Barossa Wine Show Results Catalogue

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