The Results are in!
2021 Wangolina A-Series Mencía takes out trophy!
Wangolina are proud to announce that their 2021 A-Series Mencía has been awarded gold and the trophy for Best Alternative Variety at the 2021 Limestone Coast Wine Show. This is the first time that Mencía has been an entrant in the Limestone Coast Wine Show and the first trophy awarded to a Limestone Coast Mencía. A variety new, not only to the Limestone Coast, but to Australia, with the first examples of this variety being made in Australia a mere seven years ago, in 2014.
Mencía originally hails from the north western Spanish region of Bierzo. Traditionally it produces wines that are aromatic and fruity and can be used to make dry table reds as well as Rosé. Wangolina has chosen to make a dry red wine that is light and bright, a "joven" style. Released early in October as a spring wine with minimal oak influence, this allows the aromatics to burst with bright red fruits, think cranberry and goji berry with a dusting of cinnamon spice and fresh chinese dates. The lightness of the style allows this cheeky little number to be playful and lithe.\n\nAfter experimenting with 400 kilograms of Mencía in 2020, Anita our winemaker has refined her style and increased the quantity made. Making 3.3 tonnes of Mencía in 2021 felt like a gamble but one we are certain will pay off. Use of whole berries, hand plunging, and picking early has allowed her to showcase the delicacy and prettiness of the fruit sourced from the Old Mundulla Vineyard, in Mundulla-Limestone Coast. Planted in 2017 this is only the second crop for this fruit and with results like this the future looks as bright as the aromatics.
Other results from the Limestone Coast Wine Show include a silver medal for our 2020 A-Series Lagrein and bronze medals for our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, 2021 Pinot Gris, 2020 Tempranillo and 2021 Grüner Veltliner
2021 Wangolina Limestone Coast Moscato wins rare gold!
Gold medals and Moscato don’t often go in the same sentence. In fact, the last gold medal to be awarded to a Moscato at a capital city wine show was at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards back in 2018, and it’s been even longer at some shows. At last week’s Royal Adelaide Wine Show, a 6-year drought on Moscato Gold Medals was ended by Wangolina's 2021 Moscato. The judges described it as a “…particularly bright, grapey example with a lovely balance of sugar and zippy acidity…” and they rewarded this cracking wine with a rare GOLD!
Wangolina makes their Moscato proudly. Selecting only the highest quality cooler-climate Muscat a PetitGrains (Frontignac) from the Limestone Coast, they allow the simplicity and brightness of the fruit charactersto speak for themselves. Aiming for a balance of acid, sweetness and spritz to give the drinker lightness on the palate and a truly refreshing feel to the wine, Winemaker and Owner Anita Goode, stops the fermentation early to maintain natural sweetness achieving a beautifully balanced wine.
This year’s GOLD medal comes off the back of a Top of Class Silver in the 2020 show, receiving feedback that the 2020 Moscato was an “excellent example of style”. It is encouraging to see that Wangolina has pushed through the barrier to attaining gold for Moscato. Hopefully, this is the start of a long line of success for this underrated style.