FRUITY red drops have won Morris Wines four trophies at this year’s Rutherglen Wine Show.
Winemaker David Morris said the wins came as a surprise as he did not know how his wines would compare with other entries.
“You always live in hope that you’ll win,” he said.
“You always feel apprehensive when you go into these shows because you have no idea how you’ll go,” he said.
Mr Morris believed his wines were favoured because of style, fruit structure and flavour.
Even though Mr Morris has been a winemaker for 20 years and won several awards, he said it was always a great feeling to be recognised for his work.
“I guess I must have got the balance right,” he said.
Morris Wines won the trophy for the best topaque from 2013 and 2012, the best young fortified vintage red, the best commercial fortified topaque and the best topaque in the show.
Mr Morris said wine from Rutherglen could not be beaten.
“They say a good wine is made in the vineyard and if you look after your grapes they will reward you,” he said.
Mr Morris said the competition always made the Rutherglen show worth entering.
“The wineries in Rutherglen are a competitive bunch and they keep you on your toes,” he said.
Rutherglen Wine Show judging panel chairman Chris Pfeiffer said 2012 blends showed vitality and freshness while 2013 whites were full of fruity flavours.
“The judging group remain spoiled by the sheer excellence of the fortified wines,” he said.
Brown Brothers Winery in Milawa won the best white wine made in the North East and the best sparkling wine.
Rutherglen Estates took home the trophy for the best white wine made from Rutherglen fruit and the best barrel matured table wine.
Anderson Winery in Rutherglen won the trophy for the best 2010 wine grown in the Rutherglen region and best red wine grown in Rutherglen and North East Victoria.
The trophy for the best muscat and the best fortified wine exhibited went to Campbells Wines.