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Bushing King and Queen announced

Winemaker, Scott Rawlinson has been named the 35th McLaren Vale Bushing King, with Maria Maglieri receiving her second Bushing Queen title at the 2007 McLaren Vale Wine Show.

This was a great day for legendary company founder Serafino (Steve) Maglieri who since arriving in McLaren Vale from Italy in the late sixties from humble beginnings, has achieved so much success in the wine industry, this the third Bushing King awarded to one of his wines. Steve was first crowned Bushing King and Letizia crowned Bushing Queen in 1979, again winning “ Best of Show” in 1992 both with Shiraz.

Rawlinson made wines dominated the 2007 McLaren Vale Wine Show, with the recently released 2006 Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon being named Best Wine of the Show, once again highlighting his affinity with the Cabernet grape. Since Scott’s initial vintage at Serafino in 1999, every Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded a Gold Medal or Trophy, with the 2002 winning Winestate Cabernet of the Year and the stunning 2004 judged Australia’s Best Cabernet in the Advertiser Top 100.

The 2006 Serafino Sharktooth Shiraz was awarded the Trophy for Best Shiraz of Show, the company’s flagship wine is made in limited quantities and only if vintage conditions are ideal, already a Gold Medal winner at the 2007 Royal Melbourne Show in the Jimmy Watson class. The inaugural release the 2004 Sharktooth Shiraz is a finalist in the Winestate “Wine of the Year” to be announced 22 November.

Rawlinson’s 2007 Goose Island Unwooded Chardonnay was the highest scored white wine in the Fleurieu Peninsula classes 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 and received a certificate of commendation.

The 35-year-old Rawlinson commenced his journey in the wine industry in 1990 with Trentham Estate, next step was to the neighbouring Mildara, then off to the Barossa with Wolf Blass (which included a stint in California) then the Coonawarra followed by the ultimate move to McLaren Vale with Serafino in 2000. He was also a finalist in the 2006 Winestate “Winemaker of the Year” award.

In the recently released 2008 James Halliday Wine Companion, 11 wines in the Serafino stable received between 90 and 96 points, with the winery rated 5 stars.

“It is a great honor to win the Bushing King title, it’s like the Jimmy Watson Trophy, it is an aspirational wine industry prize keenly sought after,” Rawlinson said.

“Individually the personal recognition makes all the years of hard work worthwhile, but that said, the awards and accolades would not be possible without a fabulous team of winemakers, cellar staff and lab personal whose dedication, work ethic and attention to detail ensures success. Most importantly I am extremely happy for the Maglieri family who had faith in me by building a state of the art winery for us to make hand crafted quality wines. This is a just reward for their continued investment in the wine industry and absolute passion for the McLaren Vale region”.

Serafino (Steve) Maglieri is proud that his new winery, products, winemakers and brand portfolio are getting the acknowledgement they deserve, he would like to thank Managing Director daughter Maria, Scott Rawlinson and his winemaking team, vineyard manager Andrew Godfrey, the marketing and administration staff for their continued efforts. Steve is delighted that the family tradition continues with the recent addition of second daughter Diana to the Serafino team.

Serafino wines produce the limited Sharktooth Shiraz and Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Sorrento, Goose Island and McLarens on the Lake range of products as well as the excellent Serafino black label wines.

For further information phone 8323 0157.

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