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Nigel Dolan named Australian winemaker of the year

Award-winning Barossa-based winemaker Nigel Dolan has added another title to his portfolio after being named Winestate magazine’s Australian Winemaker of the Year.

The annual award is given to the winemaker who produces the largest number of high ranking wines from more than 10,000 tasted over the past 12 months by the magazine’s judging panel.

Mr Dolan was principal winemaker at Saltram for 16 years before his appointment as chief winemaker at Wyndham Estate in 2007.

He also has the distinction of previously winning two Jimmy Watson Trophies.

“Nigel is a master at producing reds with a beguiling mix of elegance, complexity and intensity that stand as a powerful statement of the Barossa character,” said Winestate publisher Peter Simic.

“Most of the wines that contributed to him winning this year’s award are from vintages that he made while still was at Saltram.”

For the first time in the 13-year history of the Winestate awards, a New Zealand wine won the major prize for wine of the year, which went to Peregrine’s 2007 Pinot Noir.

All five of the top-rated Pinot Noirs came from NZ’s Central Otago.

Rutherglen’s Morris Wines, which is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, again proved a dominance in the fortified category with its wines taking the top four places.

The Old Premium Liqueur Tokay NV was placed first, the 10th time in 12 years that Morris has led the category.

Australian Wine Company of the Year, for best overall performance, went to Australia’s oldest family-owned company, Yalumba.



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