Australia’s NASAA Organic Wine of the Year 2017 is Temple Bruer Preservative Free TB621 Mataro Shiraz Grenache 2016.

This fourth annual NASAA & Winestate organic wine judging was open only to wines grown and produced in Australia that are organically certified.

The overall winner, Temple Bruer Wines is based at Angas Plains, South Australia, in the Langhorne Creek Wine Region.

The winning wine, TB621 Mataro Shiraz Grenache 2016, is made with grapes sourced from Temple Bruer’s own properties in the Riverland at Loxton, Eden Valley and Langhorne Creek. The Mataro from Loxton; Shiraz from Eden Valley; Grenache from Langhorne Creek.

Judges’ description: “Chocolaty aromas laced with liquorice and has hints of plums. The powerful varietal fruit flavours are ripe and intense. Has good tannin structure and nice level of acidity”.

Winery Chief David Bruer said: “We’re very pleased indeed. We work really hard to make preservative free wines that keep. It’s particularly good that the Mataro came from our oldest vines at Loxton planted shortly after World War II by the soldier settlers”.

The judging process of reviewing 134 wines from four States and the ACT took place at Winestate magazine’s office in Adelaide where all entries were judged blind by a panel of five independent wine industry judges. 

Overall Runner up and winner of the White Category was Horner Wines Family Reserve, Hunter Valley, Viognier 2016.

Congratulations David and Verity!