On Friday, October 16th the results for the 16th annual Canberra International Riesling Challenge were announced. The Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) is a wine competition created in Canberra, Australia, “to highlight the grape that defines white wine, Riesling”. The Riesling Challenge attracts wines from Riesling producing countries around the world and is the most significant event of its type in the southern hemisphere. Riesling producers competed not only with producers from their region, but with nearly 500 other Rieslings from across the world.
Black Star Farms entered two wines into the challenge, the 2013 Arcturos Dry Riesling and the 2013 Arcturos Riesling (medium-dry). The 2013 Arcturos Dry Riesling was one of only 13 wines awarded an Elite Gold with a score of 96, and the 2013 Arcturos Riesling was awarded a Gold with a score of 95. To see the full list of results go to: Canberra International Riesling Challenge/Results. The 2013 vintages are not currently available through retail, however there will be an announcement when they are released.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized for the quality of our region. 2013 was certainly an exemplary vintage showcasing many of the best attributes of Riesling growing in this climate. These medals will further raise the standards by which we continue to create our wines.” – Lee Lutes, Head Winemaker
For the past 2 years Traverse City has hosted its own celebration of this revered varietal with the “City of Riesling”. This 2 day event features a global Riesling-specific public wine tasting and educational seminars led by some of the most renowned Riesling experts in the industry. Watch for this event in Summer 2016.