The Cairns Show Wine Awards is an excellent event because of the 1000 or so wines entered, all must be available for sale to consumers; and the wines are entered in food matching categories.

Hence creating an excellent guide presented by the Cairns Wine Show

Senior judge Adam Clay (red wine maker at Penfolds, Barossa Valley) said “a trawl through the results is fascinating and represents a great list for investigation by a consumer.”

The 2013 Cairns Wine Show Awards rewarded many wines that sell for affordable prices. There were also winning wines with big price tags but the inexpensive winners were very noticeable.The top red was Zeppelin Big Bertha Shiraz 2012, available for RRP$16. It is a Barossa Valley wine but with higher altitude Eden Valley grapes in the blend – the higher altitude colder region adding spicy pepper complexity. The top Riesling was Jacobs Creek Riesling 2012, available for RRP$17. The runner up red was Anvers “Brabo” Shiraz 2012, RRP$18.

The top white was Tyrrells Vat 47 Chardonnay 2012, a wine famous for being understated and subtle in style. It is more expensive (RRP$68) but represents a great Australian classic. The runner up whites were McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2007 (RRP$18), Coolangatta Estate “Wollstonecraft” Semillon 2009 (RRP$25) and Jacobs Creek Riesling 2012 (RRP$17) – all lighter bodied subtle styles.

The runner up reds were Home Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2011 from Tasmania (RRP$40), Anvers “Brabo” Shiraz 2012 (RRP$18), Claymore “Nirvana” Shiraz 2010 (RRP$45), Haselgrove “Switch” GSM 2012 (RRP$35) and Brands Laira “Blockers” Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (RRP$20).

Results at: www.cairnswineawards.com.au.

Wines available from www.wineexperience.com.au.