The Moffatdale team.

The Moffatdale team.

South Burnett’s Moffatdale Ridge winery was awarded an impressive 5 medals at the Wine Luxe International Awards held last week in Hong Kong.

The family-run Murgon winery brought home 2 silver and 3 bronze medals from the awards, mixing it with big Australian players like Wolf Blass and Wynns Coonawarra Estate.

The Wine Luxe International Awards are run by Wine Luxe Magazine and judged by a panel of international wine professionals, who assess each wine’s quality and suitability for the Chinese palate and cuisine.

The 2017 awards received more than 500 wine and spirit entries from around the world.

Moffatdale Ridge owners Jason and Sue Kinsella said they were ecstatic with the results after entering the awards for the first time.

‘To have won so many medals in arguably Asia’s most prestigious wine awards is fantastic,’ Mr Kinsella said.

‘We see the export market into Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southern China as incredibly important to the future sustainability of our business and the wider South Burnett wine industry.

‘The credibility that comes with this win is exactly the shot in the arm we need to gain momentum in the Hong Kong market.’

Chairman of the awards Nelson Siu said he was impressed by South Burnett wines when he visited the region for a Wine Luxe feature story in January 2017.

He said he was not surprised that Moffatdale’s wines performed strongly, with South Burnett wines a good match for Asia’s tropical foods and climate.

Mr Kinsella said both nature and nurture played a role in the winery’s success at the awards.

‘I believe that the South Burnett’s temperate climate and soil structure are cementing a reputation for producing excellent wines, and the results in Hong Kong stand testament to this,’ he said.

‘We’ve also had tireless support from the staff at the Bundaberg and Hong Kong offices of Trade and Investment Queensland.

‘They were instrumental in facilitating a trade mission to Hong Kong in May 2017 and organising the visit by Mr Siu, and they’ve been invaluable in helping the region’s wine producers become export ready.’

The latest Wine Australia export report notes that China remains Australia’s most valuable wine export market, worth $853 million and growing 42% in the past 12 months.

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Moffatdale’s medals

New world red – silver

  • Moffatdale Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Spirits – silver

  • Moffatdale Ridge Cognac & Walnut Liqueur NV

Sweet wine – bronze

  • Moffatdale Ridge Late Harvest Red 2014
  • Moffatdale Ridge Late Harvest White 2014
  • Moffatdale Ridge Roasted Macadamia Liqueur NV