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Big result for small vignerons

Margaret River winemakers were amply rewarded at the 2008 Small Vignerons Awards held recently in Canberra.

The best of the local producers was Wine By Brad who took out the top Gold and Trophy for Best Dry White Blend for their 2007 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. Further success for this producer came by way of a Gold Medal for their 2005 Cabernet Merlot, and finishing runner-up in the Trophy taste-off for red blends.

Label owner, Brad Wehr, was “pretty chuffed” with the accolades. “We picked up one Trophy, two Golds, a Silver and a couple of Bronze so you have to be excited about that.”

Other Margaret River Gold Medal winners were Juniper Estate and Higher Plane with two each, while Cape Naturaliste Vineyard and Lenton Brae picked up one apiece.

The Small Vignerons Awards caters to winemakers who produce less than 250 tonnes per year and is now in its nineteenth year. This year’s show attracted 1,331 entries of which only 6% received Gold Medals.

Wehr believes the awards are an important opportunity for small producers to make a name for themselves without the domination of classes by the larger makers as in many other wine shows.

“This show has top-level judges like James Halliday, Iain Riggs and Nick Stock. You really have a chance to shine and the results are very important if you want to get your name out there.”



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