Blood Brothers Republic secures its second wine show award

Top-spot: Mark Jamieson with his Platinum award winning 2017 Grenache.

Top-spot: Mark Jamieson with his Platinum award winning 2017 Grenache.

Blood Brothers Republic have gone two for two after one of their wines was awarded Platinum at an international show and a Gold award in Perth.

The Blood Brothers Republic Blewitt Springs 2017 Grenache came away with a platinum award from the 21st Japan Wine Show, held in Tokyo on Friday, August 31.

With over 1,400 other wines to compete with and only 12 being awarded with platinum, this was quite an achievement for winemaker Mark Jamieson who said he was proud and humbled with the achievement and that it showed the pedigree of the wine .

“This is proof that Grenache is making a big comeback.

“Grenache has always been there in the background for winemakers, but was long considered the poor cousin to Shiraz in the marketplace.

Grenache has always been there in the background for winemakers, but was long considered the poor cousin to Shiraz in the marketplace.

Mark Jamieson

“This gave some of the younger winemakers the freedom to play and experiment with the variety and create new and exciting takes on it, which has helped Grenache to shine on its own.”

Scoring in the competition uses a 20-point system and for a wine to take Platinum it must score between 19 – 20.

Wines with 18.0 or 18.5 get a Gold award those with 17.0 or 17.5 get a Silver award and finally those with 15.5, 16.0 or 16.5 get a Bronze award.

The Grenache was then entered in the 2018 Perth Royal Wine Awards over the September 1st weekend where it grabbed a Gold award.

With the wine show season only in early stages this will likely be a wine to watch over the many shows still to come.

Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer, Andreas Clark said wine shows played an important role in allowing winemakers to benchmark their wines against other wines from their region or around the world.

“They can be an important learning opportunity for winemakers. Over the years Australia’s wine show system has contributed to developing not only the skills but the palates of many fine winemakers.

“International wine shows can provide a good opportunity to highlight the quality of Australian wine and bring the world’s attention to lesser known brands.”