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Taylors nominated for International Red Winemaker of the Year

Family owned winery Taylors, from the Clare Valley, has been nominated as one of just three finalists for International Red Winemaker of the Year at the 2008 International Wine Challenge.

The Taylors winemaking team, led by Adam Eggins, is up against fellow South Australian Wolf Blass and Craggy Range from New Zealand.

After receiving more than 9,000 entries in 2008, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) has cemented its place as the biggest and best blind tasting in the world. More than 370 winemakers, merchants and writers from around the world took part and spent two weeks tasting wines from 40 different countries.

Of the thousands of wines entered, less than three percent (267 wines) were awarded a gold medal. Taylors Wines was awarded 24 medals in total, including two gold medals for the 2003 St Andrews Shiraz and the 2005 Jaraman Shiraz.

In an impressive tally that surpasses even that of the Aussie swim team, this nomination adds to a collection of two trophies and eight gold medals from four separate wine shows around the world in the past three months.

In May, at the Syrah du Monde in France – the biggest shiraz-specific competition in the world – 2002 St Andrews Shiraz and the 2003 St Andrews Shiraz were each awarded gold medals. The 2002 St Andrews Shiraz was further honoured by featuring in the list of the top 10 wines overall.

In June, the Taylors family collected another three gold medals at the San Francisco International Wine Challenge. One for the 2006 Eighty Acres Shiraz Viognier – a wine which is proving a clear winner with the American judges having last year picked up a double gold at this show for its inaugural vintage release. The other two medals went to the 2006 Taylors Shiraz and the 2007 Taylors Chardonnay– both of which are widely available and under $20 in the Australian market.

In July, as the world was beginning to warm up for the Olympics, Taylors won their own fistful of Chinese gold at the Shanghai International Wine Challenge with their 2005 Taylors Jaraman Shiraz winning the Trophy for The Best Red Wine of the Show. A further two gold medals were awarded to the 2005 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2004 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon.

“When my grandfather first planted vines on our estate in the Clare Valley 40 years ago, he was passionate about producing best quality Australian wine. It’s that passion, passed from generation to generation, that is the secret to our success," Third generation CEO of the family winery, Mitchell Taylor said.

"I am so proud to be a part of the amazing team we have at Taylors. It is quite something to know that four separate groups of wine experts in four different countries are judging our wines and our winemaker to be amongst the most outstanding in the world.

"We are excited to celebrate our wine show triumphs; however we always remember that ultimately our wines are crafted for the enjoyment of the public, not show judges. It’s the loyalty of our customers that is the true measure of our success.”



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