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Sterling effort from the Stirlings

Ferngrove’s The Stirlings 2004 has been awarded the red+white trophy for Best Blended Red at the Royal Hobart International Wine Show in Tasmania.

Triumphing over a field of 97 entries competing for the title of Best Blended Red, The Stirlings was selected as the trophy winner by a panel of 15 judges, headed by chairman Tony Jordan. Ferngrove was also awarded a gold medal for its Dragon Shiraz 2004.

The trophy and gold medal wins reflect the fruit quality and winemaking talents for which the Frankland (WA) winery is renowned – not only for the Ferngrove Icon Range (The Stirlings) but also for the Premium Orchid range, Varietals and Symbols ranges.

Ferngrove winemaker Kim Horton accepted the trophy last night at an awards dinner at Wrest Point Casino, Hobart.

“Ferngrove is ecstatic and honoured by this award which makes all the hard work worthwhile,” Horton said. “We make The Stirlings with meticulous attention to detail — both in the vineyards and the winery — and I’m pleased the joint efforts of our winemaking and viticultural team have been recognised.”

The ultimate example of Ferngrove’s winemaking prowess, The Stirlings is produced from only the best reds with no restrictions on volumes or varieties. In 2004, The Stirlings is a blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2004 vintage followed on from a hot summer in 2003 and a wet winter prior to 2004 and proved to be a cooler than usual growing season, prompting a long, even vintage. Such vintage conditions are ideal for red wines, especially Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and produce wines with dense colour, concentrated fruit expression and lengthy layered tannin.

More than 3000 wines were submitted to the 2005 Royal Hobart International Wine Show and judged in classes by a panel of three judges. At the completion of the tasting and marking process, judges accumulate their scores to produce a final point scoring out of 60. The gold medal winners from each class then compete in a final judging process for the trophy.

The Stirlings 2004 will be available in limited quantities from March 2007 with a recommended retail price of $40. The current release is The Stirlings 2001, a winner of six gold medals.

The Stirlings is available from fine wine retailers.

For further information, please contact Bly Carpenter at The Mod Comms Group on (02) 9690 0175, 0407 775 105 or .

For distribution enquiries please contact red+white on (03) 8413 8333. www.ferngrove.com.au

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