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Sirromet Wines Chardonnay wins silver medal in France

Sirromet Wines has won a silver medal at this month's 15th annual Chardonnay du Monde competition in France.

The Mount Cotton-based winery claimed silver for its 2006 Seven Scenes Chardonnay from 100-percent fruit from its 150-hectares of cool climate vineyards at Ballandean on the Granite Belt.

Sirromet previously won a silver medal overseas for the same wine, which has a recommended retail price of $25, at the 2007 Austrian Wine Challenge in Vienna.

"This is a Chardonnay that is dry, nicely balanced, and shows regional and flinty granite soil influences," Sirromet chief winemaker Adam Chapman said.

The Chardonnay du Monde competition was held from March 12–15 at Chateau des Ravatys, the wine estate of Pasteur Institute at St Lager in the Burgundy region.

A total of 953 wine samples from 39 countries were submitted, with Australian wines claiming 12 medals — two gold, eight silver, and two bronze.

Gold medal winners from Australia were Wyndham Estate and McGuigan Simeon. Sirromet was joined among the silver medallists from Australia by Jacob's Creek, Casella, Yalumba, Taylors/Wakefield, Wyndham Estate, McGuigan Simeon, and E & J Gallo.

Chapman said it was significant the company's 2006 Seven Scenes Chardonnay had achieved equal silver medal status alongside two acclaimed French wines — a Chateau Genot-Boulanger 2006 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Vergers', and a 2006 Domaine Michel Picard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Clos St Jean'.

"These French wines are usually priced at more than $100 a bottle in Australia, so it's great for Sirromet to see international judges putting our premium Chardonnay on an equal footing for quality," he said.

Chapman said fruit for Sirromet's 2006 Seven Scenes Chardonnay was sourced from three blocks covering 5-hectares at its Seven Scenes vineyard.

"Overall we have about 25-hectares of Chardonnay vines, and we have identified these three blocks for producing the most flavour, and interesting texture and structure," he said.

"We try to keep our Chardonnay wines lean, tight, and flavorsome, picking the fruit when it is just right and not too alcoholic, and adapting to changing growing conditions each vintage."

Sirromet has now won 330 medals and awards since opening in 2000. The winery is owned by Gold Coast businessman Terry Morris. On-site attractions include Restaurant Lurleen's, wine tastings, and tours.

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