Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Winemaker of the Year Awards are now in their 19th year. For the past four years, Perpetual has been proud to sponsor the awards, recognising the unique wine talent we have in our country. In late September the winners were announced at an exclusive event held in Sydney. In attendance were Australia’s most respected winemakers and a table of Perpetual clients.
The winner of the sought-after Winemaker of the Year Award was Steve Flamsteed of Giant Steps. Recognised by Gourmet Traveller WINE as a modest revolutionary for Victorian wine, Steve is a trained chef and former cheesemaker – and he once auditioned for circus school. His primary label Giant Steps has gone from a part-time venture to a premium producer of fine Yarra Valley pinot noir and chardonnay.
Brian Croser is perhaps best known as a winemaker but his most profound contribution to the betterment of Australian wine is viticulture, and he was awarded the Perpetual Viticulturist of the Year 2016 award. He has pioneered two outstanding wine regions. He was the first to plant vines in Piccadilly Valley, SA for Petaluma sparkling wines. Nearly a quarter-century later he chose a site on the Fleurieu Peninsula, far from any existing vineyard, to plant his Foggy Hill pinot noir vineyard for Tapanappa.
Other winners on the night were Nic Peterkin as the Young Winemaker Medal winner, and Brian Walsh for the Len Evans Award for Leadership.
As one Perpetual client commented “What a wonderful evening last Thursday! It was a delightful evening with the opportunity to meet some of our best winemakers…”.