The winners of the 2012 Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase were revealed on Friday with Vok Beverages premium wine brand Step Road taking home two awards. The 2007 Step Road Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon won the ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon’ in class; in addition to this the wine took home the prestigious and highly sought after trophy for ‘Best Wine’ in Show. These awards come on the back of last year’s silver medal for the same wine at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
The Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase sees the top wines from the region judged by an independent panel of judges. This year the judging panel included; Kym Milne who set up Global Wine Solutions and has worked in the industry for 35 years, Mike Familo managing partner and senior wine maker at Boar’s Rock Winery, Jane Faulkner wine writer and columnist for the Age, Phil Reedman a regular judge at capital city, regional and international wines shows and Richard Matter who was this year’s associate judge and Winemaker at Wolf Blass.
Step Road has been a consistent performer at the Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase, but this is the first time the winery has won the ‘best wine’ award. Step Road Winery Manager Vicki Greaves said she was delighted with the results.
“It was an absolute honour to pick up the award for Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Wine of Show particularly, considering the quality of wines in the taste off ; Lake Breeze, John’s Blend, Wolf Blass, Bleasdale, and Bremerton just to name a few! Langhorne Creek is definitely establishing itself as one of the best regions in Australia for Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine reinforces Step Road’s commitment to producing contemporary varietal wines with a regional edge.”
The 2007 Step Road Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is deep plum in colour with notes of cassis, blackberry and hints of mocha. The palate is velvety, supported with firm yet slightly grainy tannins. An elegant wine with good palate weight and length.