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Three-in-a-row for Yering Station at Victorian Wines Show

Yering Station has celebrated its third consecutive Victorian Wines Show Trophy for Best Shiraz, after the 2004 vintage Shiraz Viognier took out the award on Friday 21 October 2005.

The wine, which was also awarded gold at the 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show and silver at the 2005 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, differs from its award-winning predecessors as a main label Yering Station Shiraz Viognier rather than a ‘Reserve’ (past winners were the 2003 and 2002 Reserves).

‘We’re really pleased with the consistency, style and quality of the Shiraz Viognier we’ve been able to produce over the past six vintages (2000–05) and to achieve this recognition in a ‘non-Reserve’ vintage is a really exciting result,’ chief winemaker Tom Carson said.

‘Only when a variety has performed outstandingly well throughout a season do we produce a Reserve wine. We felt that the 2004 vintage Shiraz and Viognier did not quite meet the highest standard set for our ‘Reserve’ label — with the 2001, 2002 and 2003 vintages of Reserve Shiraz Viognier having set an excellent benchmark for us,’ he explains.

‘Yet the 2004 example is a great expression of our commitment to quality — it’s full of classic cool climate spice, floral notes and has a luscious palate,’ Tom adds.

In recent history, Yering Station Shiraz Viognier has achieved great success at the Victorian Wines Show including a remarkable circumstance in 2003 – when the top three wines in the Shiraz trophy taste-off were all produced by the winery.

Amongst the first group of new-generation Australian winemakers producing Shiraz Viognier, Yering Station has established itself as a leading producer of the blend. In four vintages, the style has been awarded 16 trophies and 30 gold medals at such competitions as the International Wine and Spirit Competition, Tri Nations Wine Challenge and Royal Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide wine shows.

The 2004 Yering Station Shiraz Viognier (RRP$23) is set for release early next year

Further information: Tiffyn Smillie on (03) 9730 0114 or 0407 958 014 email:

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