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Penny’s Hill: Back-to-back Mundus Vini awards
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For the second year running, McLaren Vale estate producer Penny’s Hill won ‘best of show – Australian red’ at the 2017 Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Awards in Neustadt, Germany.
The Penny’s Hill 2015 Malpas Road Merlot was awarded the same trophy won last year by the 2014 Footprint Shiraz.
In an international field of more than 6000 entries from more than 150 wine growing regions, Penny’s Hill wines were awarded four gold medals.
A passionate ambassador for the McLaren Vale region and no stranger to international awards and accolades, Alexia Roberts, Penny’s Hill group winemaker, rated the Mundus Vini wins as exceptional. “To be awarded the ‘best of show – Australian red’ two years running in such a strong international competition is truly rewarding,” Roberts said. “McLaren Vale’s climate is well suited to producing premium Merlot. The Malpas Road Merlot is grown on a single vineyard and shows great fruit weight and generosity. Balanced by fine savoury tannins, this wine has great drinkability.”
For Tony Parkinson, Penny’s Hill founder, the win marked another chapter in the success of the brand’s estate-produced McLaren Vale wines.
“This is an outstanding result,” Parkinson said. “I’m proud and excited by the success Alexia and her team are enjoying. Her passion, talent and dedication have raised the international standing of Penny’s Hill to the highest level.”
Now considered one of the most significant wine competitions in the world, Mundus Vini was founded in 2001. Members of the judging panel include leading international oenologists, top sommeliers, wine merchants, wine journalists and scientists from all over the world.