Goolwa’s Fleurieu distillery have picked up Champion whisky and two gold medals at the inaugural Royal Australian Spirit Awards, part of the Royal Adelaide Show.
The awards covered whisky as well as gin, rum, vodka, brandy and ‘other’ spirits with Tim Gniel, product manager at bulk grape spirit producer Tarac Technologies, the chief judge. 121 entries were received, 56 percent of those in the gin category.
In whisky there were 11 entries. Distilleries represented in were Fleurieu, whose Fountain Of Youth expression was named Champion Whisky, as well as fellow South Australian operations Tin Shed (iniquity) and Adelaide Hills. From around the country, north Queensland’s Mt Uncle and New South Wales’ Newcastle Distilling Co were also represented.
It is the second Champion gong for Fleurieu following Fountain Of Youth’s recognition at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.
The inaugural judges across the spirit categories were Brooke Hayman, Craig Daniels, Dr Graham Jones, Hugh Holds, Lewis Halls, Paul Jackson, Russell Johnson, Sacha La Forgia, Sam Lissner, Scott McCarthy, Scott Taddeo, Sean Baxter and Tim Gniel.
Whisky Results 2019
Fleurieu – Fountain Of Youth (Gold)
Tin Shed – Iniquity Batch 15 (Silver)
Fleurieu – Message In A Bottle (Silver)
Mt Uncle – Watkins Whisky (Bronze)
Newcastle Distilling Co – Victor Hingston (Silver)
Mt Uncle – Watkins Whisky Distillers Reserve (no medal)
Fleurieu – Ecto Gammat (Gold)
Adelaide Hills – Native Grain (Silver)
Fleurieu – Atlantic Crossing (Silver)