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23/09/2008

Windowrie gains entry into the 'Champion’s List'

Cowra’s Windowrie Estates is thrilled to have been awarded a gold medal, and gained entry into the prestigious ‘Champion’s List’, for its 2008 Windowrie ‘The Mill’ Verdelho at the 2008 New Zealand International Wine Show.

The show attracted 2273 entries, making it the country’s largest wine competition ever staged, as well as one of the largest wine competitions in the southern hemisphere.

The show was judged by a team of respected wine judges and overseen by Joint Chair of Judges Peter Cowley and Larry McKenna.

“This is a fantastic result and one that we are extremely proud of,” commented Windowrie owner Jason O’Dea. “To have been awarded a gold medal at any show is special. However, with New Zealand’s strength in white varieties, it makes a win with a white wine that bit more exciting.”

The competition is unique in that ‘The Champions List’, which comprises the gold medal winning wines, is available for public tasting. The ‘Challenge’ is for the public to try and pick at least four of the Trophies, which the judges have already chosen. Everyone who selects four or more of the trophies will be in the draw to win a five day trip to Adelaide and the surrounding wine regions.

“It’s a great concept, getting the public involved,” said Jason. “It gives the consumers a better understanding of the judging process and generates more involvement and hopefully more excitement and interest in the wines,” concluded Jason.

This year’s competition awarded 166 gold medals (The Champions List), 350 silver and 927 bronze over the three days of judging. The 2008 Trophies, as well as the recipient of the George Fistonich Medal (as a legend of New Zealand wine), will be awarded at the awards dinner on Saturday 27th September.

More information on the 2008 New Zealand International Wine Show can be found at www.nziws.co.nz

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