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Trophy for top Shiraz at Boutique Wine Awards 2008

Thomas Vineyard Estate has done it again with their Reserve Shiraz. Last year the 2004 Reserve Shiraz was awarded Blue-Gold and listed in the Top 100 at the International Sydney Wine Show. The same wine was awarded 94 points (five stars) in Australian Gourmet Traveller (Feb/March 2007).

This week, Thomas Vineyard Estate has been awarded a gold medal and Trophy for Top Shiraz at the Boutique Wine Awards, held in Sydney. The trophy winning 2005 Reserve Shiraz is only the second commercial vintage for the winery that established in 1998.

To achieve this they beat a strong class of 350 entries in which a number of gold medals were awarded. The Boutique Winemakers Association by definition consider a vineyard that bottles no more that 250 tonnes under their own label each year. For the record, Thomas Vineyard bottle 10 tonnes.

The awards and reviews for the Reserve Shiraz 2005 so far include:

Awards • Silver Medal. 2007 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Reviews • Five stars: Impenetrable purple, verging on black, hyper concentrated regional style swollen with bitter chocolate, blackberry and plum, a heroic Henry VIII style! Rated 94/100 2008 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion • 94 points, Five Stars: This new maker has two ripping Shirazes. The Reserve is concentrated, rich and ripe, but not over the top or alchol-hot; rather it’s chock-full of bold plum and chocolate flavours with a lick of licorice. Fruit-sweet, big and chunky, Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine 2007 • Top Aussie Red: Huon Hooke, Good Living Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, October 2006 The owners of Thomas Vineyard Estate, Dawne and Merv Thomas, are very proud of their award.

“We are very proud of the consistency we have been able to achieve with each vintage. The viticultural practices and winemaking teams have proved an award winning formula.”

Thomas Vineyard Estate is a family owned vineyard, is located in McLaren Vale, situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula 3 kms from the coast of the Gulf of St Vincent. Established in 1998, it has produced wines under the Thomas Vineyard Estate label since 2004. Its wines are entirely estate grown, in which two Shiraz are produced each year.

For more information on Thomas Vineyard Estate, please visit www.thomasvineyard.com.au

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