Scotchmans Shiraz: Victoria’s Toast

The Bellarine Peninsula’s oldest winery, Scotchmans Hill, loads up its glasses after winning Best Victorian Shiraz and Best Show Shiraz at the 2022 Melbourne Royal Wine Awards.

Drysdale was delighted to win both major awards and to be named a finalist for the Jimmy Watson Trophy, which crowns the best wine in the country.

Scotchmans Hill chief winemaker Robin Brockett said the recognition of the award was the winery’s greatest achievement to date.

Head Winemaker at Scotchmans Hill, Robin Brockett with both awards.

“The Melbourne Wine Show is probably Australia’s most prestigious wine show, it has always been the biggest and most prestigious,” Brockett said.

“Winning the best shiraz is amazing, we knew we were making a good wine but there were 600-700 wines against which it was competing for the crown.

“We’re even thrilled to win Best Victorian Shiraz, let alone win Best Shiraz in Show.

“We typically feature three of the four wines and generally use the competition as a benchmarking exercise to see how our wines stack up against others.

“Only about four or five percent of the wines get a gold medal at these shows and [chances] to get a trophy is about one percent.

“I think this is the first time a Geelong wine has won an award in Melbourne.”

Brockett said the key to making great Shiraz is the work done in the vineyard and attributes the success to the investment the company has made in bringing its vineyards to the next level of quality.

As the oldest winery on the Bellarine Peninsula, Brockett said their time in the winery and the constant evolution and refinement of their skills have helped them develop some of Australia’s finest wines.

“I think we make some of Australia’s best cool climate shiraz,” Brockett said.

“Our 2018 and 2019 shiraz were rated in the top 100 by James Halliday (Australian wine critic), and he scored both of those 98 points out of 100.

“There are only two James Halliday shirazzes that got a 98 from the Geelong area and we did both in 2018 and 2019.

“These latest awards for 2021 Shiraz only reinforce the great wine region we have for Shiraz.”

Scotchmans Hill will turn 40 later this month and will host a series of celebrations to toast the occasion in the near future.

The Scotchmans Hill cellar door is at 190 Scotchmans Road, Drysdale, VIC, 3222.

Cellar Door is open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Elisha A. Tilghman