The 2018 Gartelmann ‘Sarah Elizabeth’ Chardonnay has been named the Best White Wine of the Show at the 2019 Orange Wine Show.
The young Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal with 97 points, followed by the Trophy for the Best Young Chardonnay prior to progressing under the guidance of Wine Show Chairman Nick Bulleid MW to winning the Best White Wine.
“We are particularly pleased to have been awarded this trophy as the Chardonnay class at the Orange Wine Show is always very strong,” said vigneron and owner Jorg Gartelmann.
This year’s show received 50 entrants in this Chardonnay class, with 68% receiving a medal. The Chardonnay was judged by the full judging team, comprising Sarah Andrew, Stuart Knox, Jeff Byrne, Deb Lauritz, James Manners, Will Wilson, Monica Gray and Steve Mobbs.
“The Wine Show Committee have done a fantastic job pulling together a diverse judging team, with winemakers from within and outside of the region, as well as sommeliers. We believe that this ensures a rigorous judging of the wines, especially when it is overseen by a Master of Wine with the extensive experience of Nick Bulleid.
“We really enjoy working closely with our grape-growing partners and winemaking team to make the best possible example of the region’s Chardonnay. Winemaker Rauri Donkin is continuing to create lovely wines, with fruit purity, intensity and balance.”
The 2018 Gartelmann ‘Sarah Elizabeth’ Chardonnay was harvested on the 6thMarch and barrel fermented in new and one year old 500 litre puncheons and 300 litre hogsheads with the objective of achieving subtle oak characters. The wine was then matured in oak for ten months with monthly lees stirring, freshness and vitality preserved by inhibiting malolactic fermentation.
2018 Gartelmann ‘Sarah Elizabeth’ Chardonnay (Orange, NSW) $30.00
- Trophy, Best White Wine of the Show, , Orange Wine Show 2019
- Trophy, Best Young Chardonnay of the Show, , Orange Wine Show 2019
Top Gold Medal (97pts), Orange Wine Show 2019