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Wignalls wins trophy for 2007 Chardonnay at Japan Wine Challenge

Wignalls Wines in Western Australia has taken out the trophy for the "Best New World White Wine" for its 2007 Chardonnay at the prestigious "Japan International Wine Challenge 2008", Australia's only trophy won at the competition.

This is the second time Wignalls have won this award, the last being in 1998 with our 1996 Chardonnay.

Wignalls manager, Rob Wignall said the award was a truly amazing feat for a small, estate grown and finished Great Southern wine.

“100% of the fruit was hand picked from our old block Chardonnay on site at the winery, was cool fermented and aged in partially new French oak for eight months and bottled early January 2008 thus very little time to bottle age in an open wine class,” Wignall said.

“Full congratulations from Wignalls to our dedicated in house team but special thanks to our new winemaker that year, being Michael Perkins, ex Goundrey winemaker,” he said.

The 11th Japan Wine Challenge was held from 9–11 July 2008 at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel in Tokyo. With more than 1,700 wines from 27 different countries, the Japan Wine Challenge is now firmly established as Asia's most prestigious wine competition. 

Under the continued Chairmanship of Steven Spurrier (Consultant Editor, Decanter Magazine) and with Co-Chair Lynne Sherriff MW (Deputy Vice Chair of the Institute of Masters of Wine), top international wine figures judged outstanding wines and got wonderful results. This year’s judges included, as in past years, top international wine figures such as Michel Bettane from France, Anthony Rose from UK, Rowald Hepp from Germany, Eduardo Chadwick from Chile, Jim Harre from New Zealand, Andrew Caillard MW from Australia, and David Wrigley MW from UK.

The Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday 11th July at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Roppongi. Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado presented the Trophies.

The Madame Bollinger Foundation Award for Best Japanese Judge was also presented. The winner will be given a bursary to attend the Institute of Masters of Wine Seminar held in January 2009 in Melbourne Sydney. ________________________________________ Japan Wine Challenge 2008 Trophy Winners Trophy for Best Champagne/Sparkling Wine — Champagne Philipponnat Cuvee "1522" Grand Cru  2000 Trophy for Best Old World White Wine — Schloss Vollrads Erstes Gewachs 2005 Trophy for Best New World White Wine — Wignalls Chardonnay 2007 Trophy for Best Old World Red Wine — Spiga 2004

Trophy for Best New World Red Wine — Daniel Schuster Omihi Selection Pinot Noir 2006 Trophy for Best Sweet Wine — Schloss Vollrads Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2003 Trophy for Best Biodynamic/Organic Wine — Selezione Fabio Contato Garda D.O.C Classico 2005 Trophy for Best Value Wine — Porta Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2007 Trophy for Best Discovery Wine — Spiga 2004

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