Galafrey Wines’ Kim Tyrer was recently crowned the next in line to the Royalty of Riesling title at a special presentation.
The second generation winemaker and Galafrey Wines chief executive said Royalty for Riesling aims to promote and celebrate the Great Southern as a premium Riesling wine growing area.
“We have been working hard at Galafrey this year and so it is a great feeling that a small producer like us can do so well,” Ms Tyrer said.
As Mt Barker Wine Producers Association (MBWPA) president, Ms Tyrer said it felt a bit strange receiving the award as president but Galafrey had a very successful year which included receiving a gold medal at the 37th Qantas Wine Show, as well as having success at other shows through the year.
West Cape Howe Wines took out the 2013 Royalty of Riesling title which was the first event of its kind created MBWPA. Following its inaugural success last year, Royalty of Riesling was extended in 2014 to include vineyards across the Great Southern.
Points received by Great Southern wineries for their Riesling during the year entered in the Qantas Wine Show of WA, Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, Perth Royal Wine Show, and International Riesling Challenge are tallied up to determine who has the most awarded Riesling.
The victor’s presentation was made at a special ‘wine-downer’ in late November where each producer submits a magnum of their Riesling for all to taste and discuss as the scores are calculated.
Ms Tyrer said Royalty of Riesling was a friendly way of competing against each other and the presentation night enabled industry members to learn more about what they were doing in the vineyard.
The loot! As winner we receive a magnum of each of the Rieslings entered.
The rieslings we tried on the night.
And of course Jack loved it the most!!