Local wineries are big winners in National Wine Show of Australia

In a short speech in the Federal Parliament Nola Marino Federal Member for Forrest congratulated wineries from the Forrest Electorate who were once again among the biggest winners in the prestigious National Wine Show of Australia awards, taking out four trophies including the hotly contested prize for best red wine of show.

Devil’s Lair’s 2022 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon claimed the National Wine Show’s Cabernet Trophy before going on to claim the James Halliday Trophy for Red Wine of Show.

Devil’s Lair’s winning cabernet was described by the show’s chair of judges Matt Harrop as “everything you could want in a young cabernet – a lot of flavour, lovely colour, perfect aromatics”.

Devil’s Lair continued the region’s run of success in this class: fellow Margaret River vineyard Xanadu has won the cabernet trophy in the same awards for the past nine years.

Other big local winners in the national awards include Evans & Tate, which won the Cabernet Blends Trophy for its 2021 Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot, and Once & Well whose 2023 Frankie Garden Margaret River took out the Blended White Trophy.

Nola Marino also recognised the contribution of the late Dr John Gladstone AM who, in 1965, first identified the Margaret River region as an area suitable for growing wine grapes due to its similarities with Bordeaux in France.  He was able to pioneer this region which is now home to around 200 wine producers and now world renowned for its quality and prize-winning wines.