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Tasmania triumphs at Hobart International Wine Show

Tasmanian winemakers triumphed against some of the best wine producers in Australia and New Zealand last night winning three international trophies at the Royal Hobart International Wine Show.

Dr John Shepherd’s Coal Valley vineyard, Clemens Hill, won the coveted Qantas Trophy for Best Pinot Noir with his 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve – the first time in 10 years that a Tasmanian wine has secured this award.

Next door neighbour, Barry and Cathy Edward’s Craigow Vineyard, picked up Best Riesling with their 2005 vintage. Josef Chromy, of Josef Chromy Wines, in Relbia won the Best Sparkling trophy for his 2004 Vintage Sparkling.

Two of the award-winning wines, Clemens Hill and Craigow, were made by Julian Alcorso and the team at contract winemaker Winemaking Tasmania Pty Ltd. The Josef Chromy Vintage Sparkling was made by winemaker Jeremy Dineen of Josef Chromy Wines.

The Chairman of Judges Tony Jordan said the standard of the local wines was exceptional.

"Tasmania did particularly well this year," he said.

"It won the top pinot trophy against all comers and similarly it won the trophy for riesling against all comers which really is a big statement.

"There's the best in this show, the best riesling in Australia is a Tasmanian and the best pinot in Australia or New Zealand for that matter is a Tasmanian."

A 2005 Shiraz from Wolf Blass scooped the Chairman's trophy, with judges singling out its depth and balance.

Executive Officer of Wine Industry Tasmania, Allison Williams, said the results were a testament to the outstanding quality and growing reputation of Tasmania’s premium cool-climate wines.

“We are delighted that three of our member vineyards have taken out national trophies at such a prestigious wine show on the national circuit,” she said.

“With more than 2700 wines judged in 82 classes, it is confirmation and recognition of the outstanding quality of our premium wines and importantly, the trophies were awarded to the three varieties that Tasmania is becoming well known for internationally – Sparkling, Riesling and Pinot Noir.”

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