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Value for money shines in The Great Australian Red 2009

The Great Australian Red competition winners have been announced, with more than one-third of its 31 medals won by wines priced below $20.

St Hallett’s brand new $15 Gamekeepers Shiraz Cabernet 2008 won the sub-$20 trophy as well as the trophy for the Shiraz-dominant, beating wines up to six times its price.

This is the first time in the competition that a budget wine has gone on to snatch one of the top trophies.

The winner of The Great Australian Red 2009 was Yalumba FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006.

A trophy-winner in every year of the competition, Yalumba also won one gold and two silver medals in the competition.

Penfolds won the trophy for the best wine over $50 with its Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2006, its successor to last year’s competition winner, which was the 2005 vintage of the same wine.

The company ranked among the most successful in the competition this year, also winning one gold and three silver medals.

The judges of The Great Australian Red 2009 were Steve Webber (De Bortoli; Chair of Judges), Matthew Jukes (panel chair), Tyson Stelzer (panel chair), Toby Barlow (St Hallett), Sam Connew (Wirra Wirra), Stephen Dew (Kaesler Wines), Linda Domas (Linda Domas Wines), Michael Fragos (Chapel Hill), Andrew Hardy (Petaluma), Steve Pannell (S.C. Pannell Wines) and Amelia Pinsent (Country Life, UK).

In total, five trophies, five gold medals, 11 silver medals and fifteen bronze medals were awarded. A full list of results can be downloaded at www.thegreataustralianred.com

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