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Chardonnay and Shiraz crowned at Vintage Cellars National Wine Show

The results of the Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia were announced in Canberra last night with a $25 West Australian Shiraz and a $90 Chardonnay sharing the spoils.

Penfolds 2008 Reserve Bin 08A Chardonnay collected the trophy for best table wine of show among its four trophies while Sandalford Wines’ 2008 Margaret River Range Shiraz picked up the trophy for best dry red table wine.

UK guest judge Matthew Jukes says the standard of wines was “absolutely epic”.

“It's the best show in Australia and therefore the best wine show in the world," he said.

"The wines that have got up are absolutely outstanding, truly, truly world class."

New Zealand wines were also entitled to enter and picked up two of the 24 trophies on offer with the remaining 22 being spread evenly across Australia.

Five Victorian, four South Australian, four West Australian and four New South Wales wines made up the trophy-winner list.

Judging took place over four days with a panel of 21 judges, chaired by Australia’s Tom Carson and included 10 Australian judges, two international judges and nine associate judges, tasting a total 1280 entries to select 24 trophy-winners.

Other noteworthy trophy-winners include two different vintages of Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz (2004 & 2006) and two vintages of Tyrrell’s Belford Semillon (2004 & 2005).

Trophies were presented at a gala black tie dinner held in the Great Hall, Parliament House, in Canberra, attended by Federal Trade Minister Simon Crean and New Zealand High Commissioner Dr John Larkindale.

Full results can be viewed at www.vintagecellars.com.au/nationalwineshow

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