Nevertheless, sometimes the press finds us; We've conceded that it's better to be featured in James Halliday's Companion than not to, and as our winemaker MarK Warren is very passionate about his job and being top of the field, entering some wines in to wine shows provides a good opportunity to taste them against the competition, and see where his work stands in the field on a vintage by vintage basis. So of course, from entries come medals. Whether it's good taste to show them off is an ongoing debate here at Happs, of which we tend to lean on the modest side.
There are also some other factors that govern our show entries: As a boutique producer with 35+ wine styles on our list, many of these aren't produced in large enough volumes to qualify for show entry. Some styles are in such a class of their own there there would be nowhere to enter them if we desired to. And some varieties are so rare and distinguished in their own right that they simply don't fit in general categories alongside the run-of-the-mill Cabernets, Merlots, Chardonnay's etc.
As a rule of thumb, each year we'll enter into the major national shows: Three Hills Charles Andreas, Three Hills Merlot, Three Hills Shiraz, and maybe a few others...
The most recent awards are below.
2011 Perth Royal Wine Show Results
Trophy for Best WA Dry Red Table Wine - Happs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon - Happs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Three Hills Merlot (2007) Silver
2010 Perth Royal Wine Show Results
Trophy for Most Successfull Western Australian Exhibitor (Processing under 300 tonnes)
Trophy for Most Successfull West Australian Exhibitor (Across all classes)
Happs Very Special Old Muscat Gold
James Halliday has awarded Happs 5 stars in his latest Wine Companion awarding the 08 Three Hills Chardonnay, 08 Three Hills Nebbiolo, 08 Three Hills Malbec and 08 Happs Fortis all 5 stars. Additionally he has awarded 5 other wines 4 1/2 stars. See 'awards and reviews for current releases' for details.
The Happs 08 Fortis just won the trophy for Best Fortified at the Sheraton WA Wine Awards.
In the 2006 at the Perth Royal Wine Show, Happs won the Trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor (Processing under 300 tonnes). The Perth Royal Wine Show is a national competition. Three of the 2006 released reds were awarded Top of Class Gold Medals. These wines were our Three Hills Shiraz 2003, Merlot 2003 and Charles Andreas 2002. This gave us the trifecta in the mature classes, a feat that we think has never been seen before and may never be seen again.
The 1999 Three Hills Shiraz still shares the title of WA's Best Ever Wine alongside the Heyetsbury Cab 2003.
According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and www.erobertparker.com only two of all the wines ever reviewed from Western Australia have ever scored 95pts. The Three Hills Shiraz 1999 and the Vasse Felix Heyestbury Cabernet 2003 are the winners as the highest pointed WA wines in the Parker system.It is interesting to note the next level, 94 point wines, is another small and select group with just two qualifiers, the Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet 1999 and the Gralyn Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
The question is just how good is the Three Hills 1999 Shiraz?
Mr Parker's opinion is very clear
Sadly, there are only 300 cases of what may be the finest Shiraz I have ever tasted from Western Australia
James Halliday has awarded Happs 5 stars in his latest Wine Companion awarding the 08 Three Hills Chardonnay, 08 Three Hills Nebbiolo, 08 Three Hills Malbec and 08 Happs Fortis all 5 stars. Additionally he has awarded 5 other wines 4 1/2 stars.The Happs 08 Fortis also won the trophy for best fortified at the Sheraton WA Wine Awards. The 2010 SSB, 2009 Viognier and 2007 Three Hills Merlot were also finalists in their category at the same show but unfortunately did not win best of category.