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23/10/2007

McLaren Vale Wine Show – toughest competition

Following a stellar year for McLaren Vale wines on the national and international wine show circuit, the annual Winegrapes Australia McLaren Vale Wine Show judging has seen the toughest competition in years.

With a 2006 Jimmy Watson Trophy winner (Scarpantoni), a 2006 London International Wine Challenge Trophy winner (Wirra Wirra), a 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition Trophy winner (Chapel Hill), a 2006 Hyatt Advertiser Wine of the Year Trophy winner (Gemtree) and a 2007 Japan Wine Challenge Best Red Winemaker trophy (d’Arenberg) the field was stacked with stars.

The 16 trophy winners announced to the media today (list attached) represent the cross section of McLaren Vale’s wine styles, winery sizes and regional perennial favourites with trophy winners including the 2006 Chalk Hill Barbera, 2007 Possum’s Viognier and the 2005 Eileen Hardy Shiraz.

From more than 600 wine entries these 16 trophy winners will compete for the coveted title of McLaren Vale Bushing King/Queen at the 2007 Winegrapes Australia McLaren Vale Wine Show Luncheon.

Wine journalist and special guest judge at the wine show, Nick Stock commentated on the quality of the field.

“Having judged at this show over the past couple of years it’s become pretty evident that the general quality of McLaren Vale wines is on the up. The varietal Shiraz and Cabernet as well as the Grenache blends coming out of this region are truly world class.”

Chairman of McLaren Vale, Grape Wine and Tourism Association, Jock Harvey, also commented on the region’s success at wine shows this year.

“As a collective group we have been winning gongs at just about every major show around the world. It says a lot for the local viticulturists and winemakers are seriously dedicated to producing the best possible wine from our region.

“We have worked really hard over the past five years and it’s exciting to think that some of the top judges and wine media are starting to sit up and take notice of McLaren Vale.”

2007 Winegrapes Australia McLaren Vale Wine Show trophy results

Class 1 & 2 — Dry Still White Wine-Chardonnay Awarded to: 2006 Oomoo Unwooded Chardonnay

Class 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 — Dry Still White Wine — Other Varieties & Blends & Rose Awarded to: 2007 Possum’s Viognier

Class 8 & 17 — Dry Still Red Wine -Grenache Certificate of Commendation awarded to: 2005 Dog Ridge Cadenzia Grenache

Class 9 & 18 — Dry Still Red Wine — Cabernet Awarded to: 2006 Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon

Class 10 — Dry Still Red Wine — 2006 Shiraz --_-$20</b--_- Awarded to: 2006 J&JVineyards Shiraz

Class 10 — Dry Still Red Wine — 2006 Shiraz >$20 Awarded to: 2006 Serafino Sharktooth Shiraz

Class 19 — Dry Still Red Wine — 2005 &Older Shiraz --_-$20</b--_- Awarded to: 2005 Zimmermann Shiraz

Class 11, 12, 20, 16, 21, 25 — Dry Still Red Wine — Other Varieties & Blended Wines Awarded to: 2006 Chalk Hill Barbera

Class 13 & 22 — Dry Still Red Wine — Cabernet Shiraz Blends Awarded to: 2006 Scarpantoni Estate Reserve

Class 14 & 23 — Dry Still Red Wine — Bordeaux Blends Certificate of Commendation awarded to: 2004 Tapestry Cabernet Merlot

Class 15 & 24 — Dry Still Red Wine — Rhone Blends Awarded to: 2005 Chapel Hill Shiraz Grenache

Class 26 — Fortified Wines — Any Style Awarded to: Woodstock Very Old Fortified

Classes 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 — Fleurieu Peninsula White Wine & Rose Certificate of Commendation awarded to: 2007 Goose Island Chardonnay

Classes 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 — Fleurieu Peninsula Red Wine Awarded to: 2006 Angas Plains Wines PJ’s Cabernet Sauvignon

Classes 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47 — Fleurieu Peninsula Pre-release Red or White Wine Awarded to: 2005 Eileen Hardy Shiraz

All Classes-Small Producer — Red Wine Awarded to: 2006 Chalk Hill Barbera

Sections A&B — Single Vineyard Wine Awarded to: 2006 Chalk Hill Barbera

Sections A&B — Single Vineyard Viticulturalist Awarded to: Jock Harvey-Chalk Hill Wines

All Classes — Most Successful Exhibitor Awarded to: Tintara

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