Sheldrake Point’s 2008 Late Harvest Riesling has been named “Best Sweet Riesling In the World” at the 11th Canberra International Riesling Challenge, regarded as one of the world’s premier wine competitions. En route to the honor, it also was named “Best American Riesling” in the competition.
This is an international step up Sheldrake. Its 2004 (January) Riesling Ice Wine was awarded “Best North American Riesling” at the 2005 competition here. Sheldrake also has earned “Winery of the Year” honors at the New York Wine & Food Classic for two consecutive years. It also was named “Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits Magazine.
The other trophies in the Canberra event:
Best Riesling in the World — Paulett’s Aged Release Polish Hill Riesling 2005, Australia
Best Riesling in Australia — Paulett’s Aged Release Polish Hill Riesling 2005
Best Dry Riesling in the World — Paulett’s Aged Release Polish Hill Riesling 2005
Best Current Vintage Australia — Gilbert’s Mt Barker Riesling 2010
Best Australian Museum Class — Paulett’s Aged Release Polish Hill Riesling 2005
Best Riesling from New Zealand — Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2008
Best European Riesling — Peter & Peter Merler Stephansberg Riesling Spatlese 2009
Best South African Riesling — Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest 2009
Best from the Canberra District — Helm Premium Riesling 2009
Canberra District Winemakers Prize — Helm Wines
Best Riesling from Tasmania — Kate Hill Riesling 2010
Sheldrake’s other medals at the New York competition included:
• 2008 Gewürztraminer
• 2008 Late Harvest Riesling
• 2007 Reserve Riesling
• 2009 Dry Riesling
• 2008 Riesling
• 2009 Luckystone White
• 2008 Cabernet Franc
• 2008 Riesling Ice Wine
• 2008 Waterfall Chardonnay
• 2008 Pinot Gris
Sheldrake is located on the Cayuga Lake shore. The site was operated as an orchard and dairy farm from 1850 until the mid 1980s. The current operation was founded in 1997. It is licensed as a New York State Winery and owns and operates a 155-acre farm located at 7448 County Road 153 in Ovid. It has a vineyard of 44 acres planted to Vinifera vines, a winery producing 6,000 cases, and the Simply Red Bistro that serves American cuisine. Chuck Tauck is the principal owner and senior managing partner. Partner Bob Madill is the general manager and winegrower. Sheldrake’s phones are (866) 743-5372 (toll free) and (607) 532-9401.
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