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Sparkling Moscato wins 2010 ‘Australia Day’ Wine of the Year

Jacob's Creek Sparkling Moscato has won the National Australia Day Council's Perpetual Trophy for best Australian sparkling wine – aperitif style – at the 2010 Sydney International Wine Competition.

Sydney International Wine Competition director Warren Mason says the Jacob's Creek Sparkling Moscato is a crowd pleaser and makes a great wine ambassador for Australia Day on January 26.

"The Jacob's Creek Sparkling Moscato is low in alcohol, low in price, but not low in flavour,” he said.

“It is truly an all-purpose wine of high quality that will appeal to a wide audience of Australian winelovers on Australia Day and throughout the year."

This is the first time a sparkling Moscato has won the Australia Day Trophy in the Trophy's 17 year history.

"And the fact that this wine has a regular retail price of $12.99, such a very accessible price point, makes it a truly pleasing ‘Australia Day’ trophy winner," Mason said.

Now in its 29th year, wines are judged alongside food at the Sydney International Wine Competition.

The Moscato was judged against Smoked Salmon Timbales and won from an original category of 74 sparkling wine entries.

The seventeen finalists included wines from Champagne, Australia and New Zealand, which included mainly straight Chardonnays (Blanc de Blancs) and Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/and or Pinot Meunier blends.

The full results of the competition, including the championship trophy-winner and 23 other trophy winners will be announced at a seven-course Degustation Banquet to be held on 20 February at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

All of the Blue-Gold Award winning wines including the Top 1OO Wines of the Competition will be exhibited for public tastings on 20 March 20 at The Menzies Hotel, Sydney.

Online tickets are available from www.top100wines.com

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