More international success for Pegeric Wines

Chris Cormack with his winning wine. Picture Shawn Smits.

One of Australia’s smallest wine producers, located in Macedon Ranges, has had more than just a taste of success in an international wine competition.

Tylden’s Pegeric Wines took out two trophies in this year’s Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition – just as the boutique micro producer did in 2015.

Up against small and large wine companies from 33 countries, Pegeric Wines’ 2009 pinot noir won the trophy for Best Wine with Vegetable Tempura. The winery won the same award in 2015. The 2008 pinot noir was awarded Best Wine with Prawn Vindaloo.

The Tylden winery has won seven trophies, 10 gold medals, 29 silver and 39 bronze medals in this competition in the past seven years.

Pegeric Wines’ Chris Cormack said he liked entering the Asian contest because it was one of the only wine competitions in the world that matched wine with food.

“It’s also entered by some of the biggest wine companies in the world, so I find that it sets a high benchmark to measure the wine against,” Mr Cormack said.

The Tylden resident established his winery in 1987 after studying viticulture and touring some of the best wine regions overseas.

Producing wine is Mr Cormack’s second job and he usually makes less than 100 cases each year. He grows the grapes at his vineyard, then bottles and makes the product at Baynton’s Granite Hills winery, with the help of his friend Granite Hills owner Llew Knight.

Pegeric Wines does not have a cellar door, but is sold in places such as the Flower Drum restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD and Rathdowne Cellars in Carlton North.

The winning wine can be tried locally at The Parkland Kyneton.