Hollydene Estate dominates Australian Sparkling Wine Show in Melbourne, winning prestigious Best Wine of Show award

TRIPLE TREAT: Hollydene Estate business manager Emma Williams at the Australian Sparkling Wine Show in Melbourne.

TRIPLE TREAT: Hollydene Estate business manager Emma Williams at the Australian Sparkling Wine Show in Melbourne.

HOLLYDENE Estate is toasting major success again after dominating the Australian Sparkling Wine Show (ASWS) in Melbourne this week.

For the second consecutive year, the Jerrys Plains vineyard has secured the top prize at the prestigious event.

The 2019 judges - Jane Faulkner, Teresa Hezenroeder, Peta Baverstock and chief steward Glenn Thompson - deemed the Upper Hunter team's 2008 Juul Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay as Best Wine of Show on Thursday.

That honour alone means Hollydene will now attend VITeff, the Sparkling Wine Technology Exhibition, in France.

The prize - sponsored by Grapeworks - includes one return economy flight, transfers to and from Reims/Epernay, accommodation from October 14 to 19, and site visits.

To cap off a triumphant presentation ceremony, the 2008 Juul Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay was also awarded Best Mature Wine of Show and Best Extended Yeast Age (bottle fermented, 60 months tirage age).

Hollydene Estate business manager Emma Williams, who is undertaking a viticulture course with TAFE, admitted she was "shocked" by the result.

"It's not often you take out Best Wine of Show back-to-back," she said.

"A lot of people were in awe that we'd won it two years in a row, especially with a different panel of judges.

"But, we're extremely proud of our 2008 Juul Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay.

"I think what makes it such a successful wine is its base, good winemakers and the fact it ages well.

"To win three categories at the ASWS is amazing.

"It's great news for my mum [Karen Williams] and the rest of the team at Hollydene."

2019 major trophies

Best Wine of Show

Hollydene Estate 2008 Juul Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay

Best Mature Wine of Show

Hollydene Estate 2008 Juul Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay

Best Young Wine of Show

Chateau Yaldara 2015 Vintage Sparkling Chardonnay

Class trophies

Class 1: Best Extended Yeast Age, bottle fermented, 60 months tirage age

Hollydene Estate 2008 Juul Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay

Class 2: Best sparkling White, bottle fermented 24-60 months tirage age

Josef Chromy 2015 Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Class 3: Best Sparkling White, bottle fermented, 24 months tirage age

Chateau Yaldara 2015 Vintage Sparkling Chardonnay

Class 4: Best Sparkling Rose, Classic Varieties

Taltarni 2013 Tache Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier

Class 5: Best Sparkling Prosecco

Yarra Burn 2019 King Valley Prosecco

Class 6: Best Open Sparkling Class

No trophy awarded

Class 7: Best Sparkling Red

Peter Lehmann 2013 Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz