Sat 28 Jul 2012
2011 Winners Spotlight: Five Oaks Vineyard
Five Oaks Vineyards first ever entry in 2011 in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition, a 2006 Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, was awarded a Gold Medal and the Trophy for "The Best Red Wine In Hong Kong below HK$200". This exciting result from the prestigious HKIWSC had the immediate result of numerous enquiries about the availability of this wine in Hong Kong and China. Within two weeks of the announcement of the awards, two pallets of this wine were shipped to Hong Kong and Shanghai, respectively. The awards also had the spin off effect of drawing attention to and interest in other vintages of Five Oaks Cabernet Sauvignons. Since December 2011 has led directly to another six pallets of wine being shipped to China and an order for a further three pallets to be shipped in September. In short, the result from the HKIWSC has had an amazing effect on exports to Hong Kong and mainland China.
Five Oaks is a small family owned three hectare vineyard and winery located on the cooler southern side of the Yarra Valley in Victoria. The vineyard was planted in 1978 on 25 metre deep rich red volcanic soils. It is the original home block of Oakridge Estate, which established an enviable reputation for producing top quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet – Merlot wines. Wally and Judy Zuk bought the vineyard at the beginning of 1995 and took it over the beginning of 1998, renaming it Five Oaks, after the five magnificent oak trees that grace the property. The first vintage under the Five Oaks label was a small quantity of Cabernet-Merlot in 1995.
Since January 1998 some 52 wines have been bottled under the Five Oaks label, not all produced in sufficient quantity to qualify for entry in wine shows. Nevertheless, in all, the wines have won over 95 national and international awards. Of note, the 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 Cabernet Sauvignons, respectively, were the top Yarra Valley Cabernet at the prestigious 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competitions in London.
Typically, total production has been about 2000 cases per year, although from 2005 onward production was deliberately reduced to approximately 1000 cases by vigorous pruning of the vines to reduce the yields from around 3 tonnes/acre to less than 1.5 tonnes/acre.
Because of limited production Five Oaks has focussed it's marketing primarily on direct sales to the public through its Cellar Door and select restaurants in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. However, some wines have previously been exported to Switzerland, Canada, China (Beijing and Tienjin), and to private clients in Hong Kong. It was these latter destinations that prompted the entry in the HKIWSC.
More information on Five Oaks and its wines can be found by logging onto the Five Oaks website www.fiveoaks.com.au.
- “Winning a silver medal in the HKIWSC has truly helped my product to achieve international credibility regarding its taste. This has positively affected
decisionmaking of several new merchants who now carry my product.”Kaustav BagchiOwner, Lamai Thai Spirits
- “Louis Royer Cognac has been entering the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition for many years. This competition is regarded as the most respected in Asian countries. Winning an award is a high honour for our brand and a further seal of quality for our multi-award winning Cognac.”Carol FrugierMarketing and Communications Manager, Louis Royer Cognac
- “Adding to our success over the past few years at the HKIWSC, winning a trophy means so much to us as we have just recently entered the Chinese market with our brandies. The Chinese market is unique, which makes it even more exciting to know that Oude Molen VOV Brandy is well accepted.”Kobus GelderblomBrandy Master, Oude Molen Distillery
- “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and we are very thankful about the reputation from wine enthusiasts in China. This award is a testament to the fact that our white wines not only match the traditional Austrian food but also matches perfectly with the Asian cuisine.”Katja PflogschWinemaker, Domäne Wachau
- “Having won three trophies in the last four years in different food & wine matching categories at HKIWSC has showcased Pegeric Pinot Noir and its suitability with Asian cuisines leading to its listing with one of Australia’s top restaurant – Melbourne’s iconic Flower Drum.”Chris CormackCEO, Pegeric Wines
- “To get recognition from such a prestigious panel is
veyrewarding indeed, and proves that our wines are made in a style that is truly food friendly. The HKIWSC has become one of the year’s most well-respected wine competitions globally. For us, the food match component is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how well our wines compliment so many different flavours. Moreover, it is a competition known and valued by our customers so a trophy can be hugely influential.””Susanna MayerWinemaker, Yealings
- “Awards and medals at the HKIWSC have been like a stamp of approval to the quality of our wines. Because it is an Asian-focused competition, I know that my wines are being judged and measured by the same yardstick as all the other wines, given our viticultural conditions are quite unique compared with the rest of the world. These medals give me and, more importantly, my consumers the confidence that my wines stand apart from the competition.”Kalash GurnaniWinemaker, York Winery
- “We are very proud of our results. One of our key focuses is the Asian market, so we really want to make our wines special and desirable for this market. That’s why we want to enter this competition and be evaluated by the expert judging panel.”Sofia Cajewski Winemaker, Cremaschi Furlotti
- “We at Yealands Estate Wines are proud to be
recognizedby the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. The organizationis held in the highest regard and our success in the competitions has become a strong voice for our quality around the globe.”Avram DeitchGlobal Marketing Manager, Yealands Wine Group
- “Winning awards in reputable international wine shows such as the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC is one of the many ways of educating our consumers and giving them confidence in purchasing the Saint Clair brand. This enhances brand perception
increases sales across our entire portfolio of wines.”Maria EastonWinemaker, Saint Clair Family Estate anin turn