Morris of Rutherglen named IWSC Outstanding Wine Producer of the Year

Congratulations to Morris of Rutherglen, who have been awarded Fortified Wine Producer of the Year and the overall title of Outstanding Wine Producer of the Year by the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2020.

Chief winemaker David Morris was presented with the top accolades at the IWSC annual awards ceremony, held online for the first time in its 51-year history, in recognition of the winery’s performance at this year’s competition. Their impressive trophy and medal haul includes Gold (95 points) for both the “lush and hedonistic” Old Premium Rare Liqueur Rutherglen Topaque NV and “utterly luxurious” Classic Liqueur Rutherglen Topaque NV.

For over 155 years, the Morris family have earned their position as one of the most prominent winemaking families in Australia, and their name is now synonymous with ‘Liqueur Muscat’. David Morris, the fifth generation of the family to run the winery, took over the reins from his father in 1993 and, by combining tradition with contemporary techniques, ensures the Morris name remains one of Australia’s most respected. 

The Morris vineyards and winery are situated to the east of Rutherglen, where the climate is warmer and drier. Historically, this resulted in riper grapes, which in turn yielded richer and denser wines. While they are better able to control the style of their wines today, Morris remain in the ‘sweet and rich’ camp of Rutherglen.

The IWSC 2020 virtual awards ceremony can be viewed here, while the IWSC talk with David Morris about his "truly remarkable achievement" here. For more information on the competition, please visit the IWSC website.