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Wine winners announced in Langhorne Creek

It was party time at Langhorne Creek on April 30 when nearly 300 winemakers, grapegrowers, media, politicians and industry partners marked the end of vintage 2010 and unveiled 2010 Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase winners. Family-owned boutique winery Lake Breeze came home the big winners, winning five of the seven awards. This year’s judging panel was led by Mike Farmilo from Boars Rock Winery, with wine writer Nick Ryan and wine expert Jeremy Stockman as judges, and Peter Pollard from Project Wine as associate judge. It was also the 10th anniversary of the Langhorne Creek Winemakers Luncheon. Awards were presented in seven categories: • Best sparkling, white or Rosé • Best red blend • Best Cabernet Sauvignon • Best Shiraz • Best alternative or other wine • Best pre-release • Champion Trophy for best wine Lake Breeze took out five of the seven awards including the top award, the Collotype Labels Champion Trophy, with their 2006 Arthur’s Reserve – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. This wine was awarded best red blend of the showcase. Lake Breeze also won best Cabernet Sauvignon for their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and best pre-release for their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, while their 2009 Old Vine Grenache was awarded best alternative or other wine. Orlando Wines carried home the award for best Shiraz with their 2006 George Wyndham Estate Langhorne Creek Shiraz, their first Langhorne Creek labelled wine, while Dorrien Estate was awarded best sparkling, white or Rosé trophy for its 2009 Bushy Road Viognier. A charity wine auction was also held during the day, with eight special format wines auctioned off to the attendees that raised over $6000. Part proceeds from the auction are to be donated to the Langhorne Creek Meals on Wheels. Winning wines from the Winemakers Showcase and all other entered wines will be available for tasting at the 2010 Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase Tasting to be held on May 16 from 11am at the Langhorne Creek Memorial Hall. Entry is $15 and includes a complimentary wine glass. For more information contact Bek Schapel, marketing and events officer on (08) 8537 3362, or email

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