Gartelmann gold medal whites; perfect for Summer

The awards have continued for Gartelmann Wines with their summer releases, the 2018 Gartelmann ‘Sarah Elizabeth’ Chardonnay and partner Gartelmann ‘Benjamin’ Semillon having an impressive four golds and two trophies between them.

The 2018 Gartelmann ‘Sarah Elizabeth’ Chardonnay was awarded the Best White Wine of the Show and Best Young Chardonnay at the 2019 Orange Wine Show, under the guidance of Wine Show Chairman Nick Bulleid MW. The 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,” said owner and vigneron Jorg Gartelmann.

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.

The 2018 Gartelmann ‘Benjamin’ Semillon was made from grapes grown on the Glenesk Vineyard in the Upper Hunter sub region. Harvested on the 17thJanuary, the wine was fermented and bottled soon after in order to capture the regional character.  

“We are extremely happy with our Semillon,” continued Jorg. “Over the years we have continued to produce award winning wines year on year. The consistency is fantastic, with many vintages awarded gold medals.”

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 (97 pts), Orange Wine Show 2019

2018 Gartelmann ‘Benjamin’ Semillon (Hunter Valley, NSW) $27.00

  • Top Gold Medal (96 pts), NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show 2018
  • Top Gold Medal (55.5 pts), Australian Small Winemakers Show 2018
  • Gold Medal (95 pts), Cowra Wine Show 2019