The 2020 NSW Wine Awards have just been announced and Chair of Judges Dave Brookes has given the nod to the top quality of Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon. The Riedel Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded to Ballinaclash Tom Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, which also stood stall in the 2020 Hilltops Wine Awards where it won the Best Cabernet Trophy.

Consistent gold medals and trophies for Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon highlight the realisation that this region’s cool climate elevated terroir is finally winning deserved acclaim for the traditional Australian red varieties – cabernet and shiraz. Expect to see ‘Hilltops Region’ on more wine labels in the future!


The 2020 NSW Wine Awards have tallied the scores and just announced the Gold Medal winners. From the HILLTOPS the bling goes to…

Ballinaclash 2019 Tom Cabernet Sauvignon

Ballinaclash 2018 John Shiraz

Hungerford Hill 2018 Corvina

McWilliam’s 2018 1877 Shiraz

McWilliam’s 2019 480 Shiraz

Trophy winner announcement yet to come… 23 October.