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21/10/2009

Victorian winemaker wins National Cool Climate Wine Show top award for third time

Victoria’s Paringa Estate has been named the National Cool Climate Wine Show champion this year, winning with their 2007 Reserve Shiraz.

It is the third time Paringa Estate has won the award.

The Reserve Shiraz also won the champion dry red table wine and champion Shiraz trophies.

Victorian vineyards went on to win two more champion awards, followed by NSW (four champion trophies), Western Australia (two champion trophies) and Tasmania, South Australian and Australian Capital Territory vineyards who each won a champion trophy.

The judging panel, led by Tim Knappstein, assessed 1004 entries awarding more medals then any other year.

The highest scoring NSW wine was Tertini Wines 2005 Riesling which won trophies for champion dry white table wine and champion Riesling, whilst Ray Fitzgerald (WA) 2008 Nannup Ridge Estate Merlot won champion Merlot.

Jansz Tasmania won the trophy for champion bottle fermented sparkling wine with their 2005 Jansz Vintage Rose, and Vingognita Wines (SA) won the champion dry white varieties trophy with their 2008 Madeleines Nangkita Viogner.

Lerida Estate from the ACT took out champion sweet white table wine with their 2008 Botrytis Pinot Gris.

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