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Helm Wines Top 10 Rieslings, 25 November 2012


The recently released Australian Wine Annual 2013 by Jeremy Oliver – Australia’s most influential wine guide, has listed Helm Wines among his best in Australia.

Helm Wines Premium Riesling 2012 is listed in his top 100 wines and in his top ten Rieslings. He also lists the Helm Premium Riesling as a Future Classic wine of Australia.

"This 7th vintage of a single vineyard release from Al Lustenberger’s vineyard is rated at 96 points and “Remarkably fresh and finely balanced, it’s perhaps the best Helm release to date” says Jeremy.

This wine will be released at the Cellar Door at Helm Wines of Murrumbateman on 1 December 2012. Website will give details Nov 29 .

The Helm single vineyard Premium Riesling was first released in 2004 and the 5 next releases have consistently received top ratings by wine writers’ e.g. Halliday, and Oliver. Nineteen trophies at Wine show supports these wine reviews; making it one of the Classic Rieslings in Australia.

Helm Cabernet sauvignons 2008 and 2009 also rated well with 91 points each. Jeremy describes Helm cabernets as "wines that have developed steadily over the years into a style and structure that has a definite Old World stamp about it. They're cool climate wines of charm and depth, with the balance to cellar for longer than I initially recognised."  




Helm Wines given top rating by Halliday

James Halliday’s recently released Australian Wine Companion 2012 has given Helm Wines a red 5 star rating. With this rating Helm Wines joins the top 4% of wineries in Australia. This rating is reserved for outstanding wineries which regularly produce wines of exemplary quality and typicity. They must have at least two wines rated at 94 or above and have had a five-star rating for the previous two years.

The Helm Premium Riesling 2010 received 96 points and was listed in the top 3 Best of the Best Rieslings. The 2010 Classic Dry and 2009 Premium Riesling were also highly rated with both receiving 95 points. The Helm Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 also scored highly with 89 points and was described as 'deep purple-crimson; a strongly earthy, briary, cedary bouquet and palate, the wine not bottled until Nov ’10, and then needing time to unwind. Should have a bright future.'.


Double Gold at National Wine Show for Helm Rieslings

Helm Wines has taken gold for two of its 2010 Rieslings, with one in the judge off for a trophy, at the 2010 National Wine Show of Australia.

This crowns a year of show success for Helm Wines, and confirms that Helm Rieslings are, as one wine writer recently put it, “among Australia’s Best.”

The National Wine Show is Australia’s premium wine show, and wines must have won awards at Capital City and certain Regional shows to enter. Changes to the 2010 entry regulations on quantity of wine and qualifying show awards has allowed small production premium wineries like Helm Wines more opportunities to enter.


Helm Wines' entries were:

The Premium Riesling 2010 (top gold in class 31), the sixth production of the single vineyard wine which to date has won two trophies, gold and two silver.

The Riesling Classic Dry 2010 (gold class 1), in its 34th vintage the Classic Dry has won two gold, silver and four bronze awards.

Helm Wines has being making Rieslings for 34 years and in the last five years has won 23 trophies and 28 gold awards, plus outstanding reviews.


Helm Riesling wins trophies again at Canberra Wine Show

Helm Wines’ Premium Riesling 2009 was awarded trophies for both Best Riesling and White Wine of the Show and was the top wine in its class at this year’s Canberra Regional Wine Show. The Helm Classic Dry 2010 also won the top gold medal in its class. This is the third year in a row that Rieslings from Helm Wines have been named Best Dry White at the Show.

Recent accolades for Helm Rieslings include the Doug Lamb Trophy for Best Riesling at Royal Sydney 2009, two trophies at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2009, a top gold medal at Royal Melbourne 2009, a gold at Royal Sydney 2010 and five trophies at the Canberra Regional Wine Shows in 2009 and 2010.

The Canberra Regional Wine Show attracts entries from the Canberra District, Hill Tops, the Southern Highlands and the South Coast.


Riesling in Australia

Ken Helm AM and Trish Burgess are delighted to announce that Riesling in Australia was published in June 2010, by WinetitlesPty Ltd in Adelaide.

In 1788 the First Fleet carried the first vines to Australia, and Riesling could well have been among them. Riesling in Australia explores the history of the Riesling variety in Australia, from its arrival to the present day. Twenty “Legend Riesling Makers” give their personal insights into wine making, growing the variety and their favourite wines.

The book, introduced by Wolf Blass, includes an exploration of viticulture and the science of flavours by Louisa Rose, Senior Winemaker at Yalumba Wines and Dr Leigh Francis from the Australian Wine Research Institute. All 550+ current Riesling producers are listed for easy reference, together with regional maps, an explanation of the Geographical Regions and an outline of Riesling events around the world.


RRP $45.00 + GST + Postage (152 pages - soft cover publication)

Copies are available from Winetitles on-line book shop: www.winetitles.com.au/bookstoreor ask your local bookshop to get it in for you.

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2010 Australia Day honour

Winemaker Ken Helm (AM) was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2010 honours. The award recognises Ken's service to the Australian wine industry as a winemaker, through the promotion of the Riesling white grape variety and as a supporter of cool climate wine producers and to the community of the Canberra/Yass region.


February 12 2010

Helm Riesling strikes gold again in Sydney.

The Royal Sydney Wine Show results announced last night has awarded Gold and Silver to the Helm Rieslings from Murrumbateman in the Canberra District. The show attracted over 2300 entries from some of the best wineries in Australia.

It’s the second year running that Helm Rieslings have been awarded gold at the prestigious Show.

The latest award adds to an impressive tally of 17 trophies and 19 gold medals for Helm Rieslings at Capital City, International and Regional Wine shows in the last five years – including the Royal Sydney Wine Doug Lamb Trophy for Best Riesling, awarded to the Helm Riesling Classic Dry 2008 last year (see photo to left). This was the first time the trophy was won by a winery outside South Australia or Western Australia.

This year the Helm Classic Dry 2009 won gold and was again judged off for the trophy - a rare event for any winery. The Helm Premium Riesling 2009 was awarded Silver.

The 2009 Helm Classic Dry Riesling celebrates the 33rd Riesling vintage for Helm Wines – in fact, the wine contains juice from some of the oldest plantings of the Riesling grape in the Canberra District



Photo: Ken Helm with the Doug Lamb Trophy for Best Riesling at the Royal Sydney Wine Show