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Great success for the Grampians in the inaugural Western Victorian Wine Challenge
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The Western Victorian Wine Challenge was established by The Grampians Winemakers Association as an annual event to promote and celebrate the quality and variety of Western District Wines. It is open to wines sourced and sold from wineries in the Ballarat, Pyrenees, Grampians and Henty Wine Regions. The Western Victorian Wine Challenge used an innovative judging system. Three independent judges from the wine industry selected up to five wines from each of the six categories: Best Riesling, Best Chardonnay, Best Other White, Best Shiraz, Best Pinot and Best Other Red. A panel of 30 consumers then blind tasted the wines to select a winner from each category. A further 3 trophies were awarded; Consumers Overall Choice, Judges Overall Choice and a Trophy for the Most Successful Region. The consumer panel was selected from local sommeliers, wine society members and interested public. The trophy for Most Successful Region was awarded to the Grampians Region and this was borne out by the number of trophies awarded to wineries from the district. Grampians Estate’s 2003 Streeton Reserve Shiraz was the clear winner of the event with three trophies for Best Shiraz, the Judges Trophy for Best Wine as well as the Consumers Trophy for Best Wine. The latter two trophies carried major prizes from Grampians Event Hire and Dunkeld’s famous Royal Mail Hotel. Other winners were Garden Gully Winery from the Grampians with its 2005 Riesling, Best Chardonnay went to the Ballarats 2003 Tomboy Hill, Best Pinot was awarded to Henty’s Hochkirck Winery and their 2004 Pinot Noir, while Kimbarra Estate from the Grampians was awarded the Trophy for Best Other Red for its 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon.