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27/10/2008

McLaren Vale reds lead the way

The results of this year’s Winegrapes Australia McLaren Vale Wine Show announced on Friday confirm the region’s strength lies with red wines.

Twenty-two gold medals were awarded by the judges to red wines and the highest honour for wine wines was silver.

Chair of the Winegrapes Australia McLaren Vale Wine Show Corrina Wright said the number of overall gold and silver medals was affected by the 2007 vintage conditions.

“It was a drought vintage and this impacted the quantity of the wine that was produced,” said Corrina. “But despite this, the results show the region continues to produce some great quality wines, particularly reds.”

Winners this year represent some of the bigger wineries and some of the smallest in the region.

“It’s fantastic to see some of the smaller wineries such as Minnow Creak, Old Faithful and Vincognita being acknowledged for the great wines they’re making,” she said.

“The judges were particularly impressed with the Grenache and Grenache blends. The region is well known for our Shiraz, but the international judges are often surprised by McLaren Vale Grenache because it has a lower profile.”

2008 McLaren Vale Wine Show Trophy Winners: Dry Red Still Wine Varietal Grenache – 2005 Tintara Grenache

Dry Red Still Wine Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry Red Still Wine 2007 Varietal Shiraz (RRP --_-$25.00) – 2007 Fox Creek Red Baron Shiraz

Dry Red Still Wine 2007 Varietal Shiraz (RRP --_-=$25.00) – 2007 Minnow Creek Shiraz

Dry Red Still Wine 2006 and older Varietal Shiraz (RRP --_-$25.00) – 2006 Vincognita McLaren Vale Shiraz

Dry Red Still Wine 2006 and older Varietal Shiraz (RRP --_-=$25.00) – 2006 The Old Faithful 'Top of the Hill' Shiraz

Dry Red Still Wine Other Varieties and Blended Wines – 2006 The Old Faithful 'Almond Grove' Mourvedre

Dry Red Still Wine Blended Wine Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 'The Great Australian Blend' – 2006 Ulithorne Paternus Cabernet Shiraz

Dry Red Still Wine Blended Wine Grenache/Shiraz 'Rhone blends' — 'Eric Lacey

Memorial Trophy' – 2006 Rosemount Show Reserve McLaren Vale GSM

Fortified Wine Any Style – NV Woodstock Very Old Fortified

Fleurieu Peninsula Dry Red Wine – 2006 Vincognita Nangkita Shiraz

Fleurieu Peninsula Pre-Release Wine Red or White Any Style – 2006 Chateau Reynella Cabernet Sauvignon

Small Producer Dry Red Wine Any Style – 2006 Vincognita Nangkita Shiraz

Most Successful Exhibitor Award – Tintara

Single Vineyard Wine Any Style – 2006 Vincognita Nangkita Shiraz

Single Vineyard Viticulturalist Trophy Any Style –Peter Beleg – Vincognita

International Judge's Choice (Cabernet Sauvignon) – 2006 Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon

International Judge's Choice (Shiraz) – 2006 Vincognita Nangkita Shiraz

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