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Leasingham collects awards for red, white and sparkling in Sydney

Leasingham Wines put the spotlight on the Clare Valley at the Macquarie Bank Royal Sydney Wine Show, collecting a trophy and four gold medals.

The 1998 Classic Clare Sparkling Shiraz was crowned king of its class, awarded the Intercontact Perpetual Trophy for the best sparkling red wine of show.

Leasingham collected a further four gold medals for the following wines:

Leasingham Magnus Shiraz 2005 class 07 Leasingham Classic Clare Riesling 2005 class 10 Leasingham Classic Clare Sparkling Shiraz 1998 class 38 Leasingham Provis Individual Vineyard Shiraz 2006 ** class 57

Simon Osicka, Leasingham Winemaker and Manager, said the awards topped off an outstanding Leasingham presence on the 2007 capital city wine show circuit.

‘This is a great result for Leasingham and the Clare Valley’, he said.

‘We took home one of the first trophies on this wine circuit with the 2005 Magnus Shiraz in Brisbane and now one of the last trophies with our 1998 Classic Clare Sparkling Shiraz, ending up with four trophies and 15 gold medals in total.’

’This result is a great credit to our growers, vineyard and winery staff, as well as to Ed Carr and his sparkling winemaking team’, Osicka said.

‘1998 is revered as an outstanding vintage for South Australian Shiraz and this distinctive Australian wine has spent six years on lees prior to its recent disgorgement.

‘This is the wine’s second consecutive trophy win at a capital city wine show.’

’I am particularly pleased that our Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines were all highly awarded, showing that the Clare Valley can produce outstanding examples of all three varieties.’

Leasingham is one of South Australia’s most historic wineries, dating back to 1893, and is renowned for its Classic Clare and Bin range wines.

‘Our Classic Clare wines consists of hand selected parcels from our premium vineyards to showcase the best of the vintage from the three traditional Clare Valley varieties’, Osicka said.

The Leasingham Bin range consists of a Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet/Malbec. The new Magnus range consists of a Sparkling Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, retailing for around $15.00. During the 2007 capital circuit, the Magnus Shiraz collected a trophy and three gold medals.

**The Leasingham Provis Individual Vineyard Shiraz is yet to be released into the market.

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