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Brokenwood wins NSW wine of the year

It started 40 years ago with a group of blokes with a passion for wine.

They built an Australian icon brand, then a benchmark wine with Hunter Shiraz.

Now they have won the 2009 NSW Wine of the Year with the 2007 Brokenwood ‘Forest Edge’ Orange Chardonnay.

One of NSW’s most celebrated producers, Brokenwood has seen the transformation of wine lovers into wine industry icons.

Founded in 1970 by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors – among them a bloke by the name of James Halliday – the first vintage in 1973 was a labour of love for the partners and the friends they conscripted to help.

The grapes were carried to the winery in buckets in the back seat of Len Evans’ Bentley, and while none of the original partners claimed to know anything about viticulture, the inaugural vintage of 75 dozen Shiraz-Cabernet received praise and attracted a loyal following.

Other winners included:

Best Sparkling ~ Charles Sturt University 2005 Limited Release Pinot Noir Chardonnay (Tumbarumba)

Best Young Riesling ~ Yass Valley 2009 Riesling (Canberra)

Best Young Sauvignon Blanc ~ Printhie 2009 ‘Mountain Range’ Sauvignon Blanc (Orange)

Best Young Semillon ~ Hungerford Hill 2007 Semillon (Hunter Valley)

Best Young White Other Varieties ~ Westend Estate 2008 ‘Richland’ Viognier (Riverina)

Best Mature Dry White ~ Allandale 2003 Semillon (Hunter Valley)

Best Young Shiraz ~ Ridgeview 2006 ‘Generations’ Reserve Shiraz (Hunter Valley)

Best Young Red Other Varieties ~ Grove Estate 2007 ‘Sommita’ Nebbiolo (Hilltops)

Best Young Red Blend ~ Westend Estate 2008 Cabernet Shiraz (Riverina)

Best Mature Dry Red ~ Freeman Vineyards 2004 Rondinella Corvina (Hilltops)

Best Sweet White ~ Lerida Estate 2008 Botrytis Pinot Gris (Canberra)

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