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Regions shine true for Winestate Awards finalists
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Cool climate wines from Tasmania, New Zealand, the Clare Valley, Margaret River and the Hunter Valley excelled in the biggest annual wine tasting held in Australasia. Similarly, South Australia’s reputation for Shiraz and Riesling in particular, and Cabernet Sauvignon, was enhanced by the results. The finalists have been selected from a tasting of more than 8000 wines – the largest and most comprehensive tasting of Australian and New Zealand wines in the world. South Australia has also produced three of the five Australian finalists for winemaker of the year, based on the scores of each winery’s individual wines. They are (in no particular order) Chester Osborn from d’Arenberg, Richard Langford from Elderton and Bruce Gregory from Majella, while the other two finalists are from Western Australia: Clive Otto from Vasse Felix and Robert Bowen from Houghton. In the list of Wine Company of the Year finalists, middle-ranking wine producers who form the backbone of the industry dominated — DeBortoli Wines, the Yalumba Wine Company, Tyrrell’s Vineyards, the Houghton Wine Company and Saddler’s Creek Wines. The winners of the prestigious ninth annual Winestate magazine wine awards will be announced at a gala presentation dinner at the Melbourne Grand Hyatt on 26 November. The evening will be a tribute to the winemakers of Australia and New Zealand, who are producing some of the world’s finest wines. More than 8000 glasses of wine will be poured for more than 400 leading figures involved in the Australasian wine industry at the grand gala evening. A who’s who of the Australian and New Zealand wine industry will be attending, with executives and leading winemakers flying in from all states and New Zealand. They will be presented with a five course dinner with matched food and great entertainment including the Three Tenors, the Southern Cross Orchestra and comedian/compere Keith Scott.