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Royal Adelaide Wine Show winners announced

Wine industry stalwart Wolf Blass Wines has proven its staying power at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, taking out the best wine in show title and a swag of other awards.

Its 2007 White Label Chardonnay won the Adelaide trophy for most outstanding red or white wine in show, the Seguin Moreau trophy for best Chardonnay in show and the F Miller & Co trophy for best white wine in show.

The Barossa-based company also took out the Montgomery trophy for best red wine under $20, best red wine in show and the Radoux Australia trophy for best dry red blend for its 2008 Yellow Label Shiraz Viognier.

Wolf Blass winemaker Matt O’Leary earned the Macquarie Private Wealth Prize for the winemaker of the most outstanding red or white wine in show.

The competition attracted 2380 entries from more than 370 Australian wineries, and was dominated by bigger names, such as Hardys, McWilliams, Angoves, Brown Brothers, Penfolds and Yalumba, who all picked up awards.

The Gramp, Hardy, Hill Smith Prize for most outstanding wine of provenance – awarded for the first time in 2009 – went to Wynns Coonawarra Estate for its Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sponsored by the South Australian Government through Primary Industries and Resources SA, the category judged three vintages of one wine as a group, including the current vintage.

The prize is named in honour of three well-known South Australian wine industry pioneers – Hugo Gramp, Tom Hardy and Sidney Hill Smith – who perished in October, 1938, in an aircraft accident.

Presenting the award today, Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Paul Caica says the prize provides Australia’s wine industry with a vehicle to demonstrate South Australia’s significant wine heritage.

“High quality wine is one of South Australia's hallmarks and is a long-term performer for the State’s economy,” Mr Caica said.

"The winning Wine of Provenance – the Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon – has shown consistent high quality and regionality of style.”

A total of 22 trophies, 123 gold medals, 189 silver medals and 583 bronze medals across 61 classes were awarded at the show.

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