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Two trophies and two golds to Helm Rieslings
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Helm Wines of Murrumbateman, in the Canberra Wine District, won trophies for the Best Riesling and Best White Wine of Show at the Canberra Regional Wine Show. They were the only trophies awarded to a Canberra District winery.
In addition to the gold and two trophies awarded to the Classic Dry Riesling 2008, the Helm Premium Riesling 2008 also won gold.
Brian Croser, Chairman of Judges, said the Rieslings were in a "wonderful class (of wines) demonstrating why Canberra is one of Australia's great Riesling terroirs".
The Canberra Regional Wine Show is open to wines from the Southern Zone of NSW as defined by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation. It includes Canberra, Gundagai, Shoalhaven Coast, Tumbarumba, Southern Highlands, and Hilltops wine Districts. This year 255 entries were received in dry white, dry red, sparkling and sweet white wine categories.
Winemaker at Helm Wines, Ken Helm said "It is a great thrill to gain recognition for these wines. 2008 was a wonderful vintage and the awards reflect both the quality of the vintage and the hard work put in to their production in the vineyard and winery."
Helm Wines has been producing Riesling since 1977, and has gained world recognition for its wines. Since 2001, the Helm Rieslings have been awarded eight Trophies, 9 gold, 16 Silver and 32 bronze awards at National, International and Regional wine shows.