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Barking Owl wins gold at Royal Sydney Wine Show

Millbrook Winery is very pleased to announce that its 2005 Barking Owl Shiraz Viognier was awarded gold in Class 35, Dry Red Wine, medium bodied at the Royal Sydney Wine Show.

Damian Hutton, senior winemaker at Millbrook, said: "The team at Millbrook has worked very hard to continually improve the quality of the Barking Owl range. This result proves that the premium vineyards used for the Barking Owl wines have developed well since the inception of the range in 2000. The 2005 vintage was an excellent follow up to the 2004 vintage, particularly in the Geographe region with warm conditions which helped to produce ripe, fleshy tannins in the wine.

“The retail market under $20 is fiercely competitive so a result such as this is extremely encouraging.”

The fruit is sourced from premium contract growers in the Geographe (65%), Great Southern (15%) and Perth Hills (10%) regions of Western Australia.

The Shiraz and Viognier (5%) were co-fermented and hand-plunged for two weeks in open fermenters to extract good colour and flavour. The wine has been aged in new (5%) and one- and two-year-old oak for 18 months.

The Shiraz Viognier will be released on 1 March 2008 and available through cellar door, Dan Murphy’s nationally and the distributors below. The Shiraz Viognier is $16.95 RRP.

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