The wines here are listed in order of votes received, so the first wine is also the prize category wine. You could call it the most popular super-premium priced wine in this year's People’s Voice Wine Awards. I’ve added a few Editor’s Choice wines to complete this winners list. Congratulations to all the winners!
Snooth’s top super-premium wines, with winemaker’s notes attached.
Pinot Noir - Super Premium
Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
The 2009 Estate Pinot Noir is an elegant wine that truly expresses the terroir of the three unique vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley that contribute to this bottling. Aromas of baked red apples, cherry, pie spice and brown sugar are complemented by a hint of cinnamon on the nose. A smooth and sweet entry with flavors of brandied cherry, dark chocolate and leather dominate the palate. A classic Pinot noir with delicate, round tannins and nicely balanced acidity that lingers into a spicy finish. Appealing now but will further reward those who cellar this wine. Peak drinkability 2012 - 2016.
Cabernet Sauvignon - Super Premium
Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
2008 showcases both the delicacy of the vintage and Jordan’s smooth, approachable style. Elegant aromas of cherries and plums open to a soft, silky mouthfeel boasting a spectrum of red and black fruit flavors. A hint of spicy oak is drawn from the American oak, while the French oak builds a seductive mid-palate with soft fruit tannins. Enjoy now or cellar through 2020.
Chardonnay - Super Premium
Chalk Hill Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay
The 2008 Estate Chardonnay has aromas that are concentrated and compex featuring caramel, toasted hazelnut, apricot, pear and elmon oil. The rich palate of tropical fruit is balanced by a distinct minerality typical of Chardonnay wines from the Estate. This wine can be enjoyed alone or alongside a wide variety of dishes including crab, scallops, fish and roasted chicken. It is the perfect accompaniment to rich butter or cream sauces.
Dessert White - Super Premium
Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat
Made from the red and pink clones of the Muscat, a petite grains grape variety, this luscious dessert wine displays all the characteristics of this classic Australian wine style. Deep tawny red. Full, luscious middle. Richly flavoured, reminiscent of raisined fruits, nuts and spices. Sweet and soft yet unclaying finish. Incredible persistence of flavours.
Dessert Red - Super Premium
Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny Port
Samuel Smith, founder of Yalumba, first began making wines at his Angaston winery almost 150 years ago and the production of fortified wines has long been part of that history. Today, Yalumba maintains its reputation for premium quality fortified wines by occasionally releasing very small parcels of show reserve stocks. This outstanding old dessert wine is deep tawny in colour, with an aroma of wood aged rancio, elegant brandy spirit and hints of dried fruits and spices. The palate has a firm rich texture, with chocolate and caramel flavours and a persistent aftertaste of nuts and rancio characters.
Zinfandel - Super Premium
Turley Zinfandel Old Vines
Turley was one of the first wineries to put significant resource behind the oft ignored Zinfandel, Charbono and Petite Sirah grapes. They produce rich, powerful examples of these wines that people adore. This is one of Turley’s most broadly distributed wines giving a wide audience a chance to experience the Turley style which offers up rich, jammy fruit is a sweet, opulent style.
Sparkling Wine - Super Premium
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut
White flowers, white fruit, pineapple and grapefruit. The light delicate Grand Brut offers a wide range of flavors. A fresh, lively, dynamic and perfectly balanced wine to be enjoyed as an aperitif or any time of the day.
Burgundy - Super Premium
Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges
Generous red berry and dark stone fruit flavors and aromas mark this robust, masculine Pinot Noir, and are offset by earth and spice notes in a vigorous, direct tannic structure.