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Brown Brothers’ young gun wins national award from Wine Society

A young winemaker who has been part of three North-East vintages has beaten a tough field to take out the prize of the Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year.

Joel Tilbrook from Brown Brothers, Milawa, was awarded the Sommeliers’ Choice for the vineyard’s limited release 2005 Riesling and 2005 Patricia Shiraz.

It was the first year the award has been added to proceedings and was chosen by 40 of the country’s top sommeliers.

Wine Society chief executive officer John Winstanley said the Society was amazed by the high calibre of entrants.

“Due to a tie in tenth position, 11 winemakers, rather than the usual 10, were chosen to go through to the finals,” Winstanley said.

“Therefore it is an even greater achievement for Joel that he has been named the Wine Society’s Sommeliers Choice this year.

Tilbrook graduated in 2000 from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Agriculture Science (Oenology). He worked at Norman’s Wines in the Adelaide Hills as a winemaker for four vintages. In October 2004 he joined Brown Brothers.

Tilbrook described the art of winemaking as having both scientific fundamentals and creative aspects, adding Brown Brothers was very innovative in its approach to wine.

He said his Sommeliers’ Choice award was a very exciting achievement among a strong field of winemakers and good recognition for both himself and Brown Brothers.

The Chronicle, November 2007

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