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4/11/2014

2014 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge winners announced

Moppity Vineyards has taken out the 2014 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy with its 2013 Reserve Shiraz.

As one of Australia’s most prestigious wine awards, this year’s event attracted 392 entries from more than 60 regions across the nation.

Moppity's winning wine, produced in the cool climate NSW Hilltops wine region, triumphed over strong competition particularly from South Australia's McLaren Vale and the Barossa.

Rosemount Estate was also acknowledged, receiving the Graphix Labels & Packaging trophy for the Best Shiraz under $25.00 with its 2013 District Shiraz, produced from McLaren Vale fruit.

The winners were announced by well-known wine industry identity Rob Hicks on Friday night at a gala awards presentation dinner held at Mitchelton Winery.

In its 20th year, the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge received 268 entries from South Australia, 66 from Victoria, 29 from NSW, 8 from the ACT and 1 from Queensland, with a total of 213 medals awarded including 2 trophies, 14 gold, 51 silver and 219 bronze medals; further highlighting the extremely high quality of entries with over 70 per cent receiving an award.

The 2014 judging panel consisted of Gary Baldwin (chairman), Simon Osicka, Jeni Port, Victor Nash, Jen Pfeiffer and Darren Rathbone.

This was Baldwin's fourth year as chairman of judges and said "contrary to popular belief it doesn’t get easier to choose the best wines when you are faced with such an impressive array of entries from all over Australia".

"I would also like offer a very sincere vote of thanks to my five fellow judges. Their task was formidable, with over 390 wines to taste in two days and with a brief to select the best Australian Shiraz out of the pack.

“The best Shiraz wines should exhibit good primary fruit, as well as balance and suppleness but ultimately, must be eminently drinkable."


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