Boston Bay Wines earns award for 2019 Riesling

CHAMPION: Tony Ford celebrates after the Boston Bay Wines 2019 Riesling won in the Winestate Magazine Awards. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
CHAMPION: Tony Ford celebrates after the Boston Bay Wines 2019 Riesling won in the Winestate Magazine Awards. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Boston Bay Wines has added another trophy to the cabinet with the 2020 Riesling of the Year at the 2020 Winestate Magazine Awards announced recently.

The 2019 riesling won the award for Riesling of the Year, the second time the winery has won in this category to go along with the 2014 award.

Winery owner Tony Ford said the riesling earned the magazine's Top Riesling in February and would be shortlisted for the award following a taste-off of all the top varietal picks.

He said the win came as a big surprise.

"I was completely gobsmacked, we did win it in 2014 so it really says something about our little vineyard in this tiny corner of the big, wide wine world," he said.

The wine beat out other finalists including Reilly's Watervale Clare Valley Riesling, Plantagenet Angevin Great Southern Riesling and Highland Heritage Estate Mt Canobolas Orange Dry Riesling.

Mr Ford said the winery's riesling has earned a reputation for itself.

"The riesling is really close to the sea and James Halliday was over for lunch with dad and he picked up a steely, minerally, flinty character that he hadn't seen before," he said.

"It's an extremely low yielding vineyard and it's a credit to my brothers Bill and Bob and our great team of pickers and grape pruners.

"It remains handpicked and pruned, which you don't see a lot of anymore in this mechanical world."

Mr Ford said thanks also went to David O'Leary and Nick Walker at O'Leary Walker Wines at Oakbank, who had been winemakers for the winery for about the last 20 years.

As for the upcoming crop of varieties, Mr Ford said there was a "bumper crop" and everyone was hoping for a cool, long ripening period without any weather issues.

"Mother Nature has been very, very kind to us this year after two horrendous years," he said.