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Petersons first white to win at Mudgee Wine Show 2008

Petersons Glenesk Estate has entered the record books with its 2007 Semillon scooping the ‘Champion Wine of Show’ at the Mudgee 2008 Wine Show, the first white wine to win the coveted title in over 20 years. Petersons also won Most Outstanding White Wine of Show, Best Semillon and Most Successful Exhibitor.

The 2008 Mudgee Wine Show awards received 341 entries in 11 Trophy Classes. Judges noted the one and two year old white wines, particularly the Semillon classes, as the most impressive.

Petersons is one of some 40 cellar doors in the Mudgee Region of NSW, which is traditionally renowned for its big bold reds, particularly the excellent cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varieties.

“Semillon is a very versatile and underrated wine — our focus for Mudgee Semillon is on being fruit driven and more focused on the characteristics of the grape. We endeavour to create a Semillon with richer fruit characteristics up front to drink now which will also improve over time,” said Jamie Hudson, Petersons Glenesk Estate Manager/Viticulturist.

This success follows outstanding recognition at last year’s Mudgee 2007 Wine Show, also winning four major trophies. Petersons Wines started producing quality wines for wine lovers in the Hunter Valley in 1981 and have been in Mudgee since 1996. Over the year’s Mudgee’s Petersons have been well regarded for producing award winning reds, the 2007 Semillon demonstrates that our whites are now showing their true colours.

Chief Wine Judge Andrew Koerner of Blue Pyrenees Winery in Victoria praised the committee for its selection of judges. As a winemaker, he was able to apply his technical knowledge. Lester Jesberg editor of Winewise Magazine, was able to apply his knowledge of current wine styles. Andrew Stewart, Fosters Fine Wine Manager, is an expert on current trends. Associate judges for the show were Master of Wine student Wendy Williams and winemaker Trent Nankivell of Oatley wines.

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