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Karanto scoops Langhorne Creek Showcase pool
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The Champion Wine of the Showcase was also presented, with the award going to Karanto Vineyards 2003 7A Shiraz.
Karanto Vineyards is an old family vineyard south of Langhorne Creek on the western edge of the Bremer River floodplain. The property Karanto was founded by local identity, PR Dodd, in 1910 and is now owned by his granddaughter Zonda Elliott and her husband Dennis. The property has always produced winegrapes but has only recently started making small amounts of wine with the first release of a Karanto Vineyards 7A Shiraz in July 2004.
Speaking at the Luncheon, Showcase judge Penny Boothman said she was very impressed by the number of interesting, small wineries in Langhorne Creek. “This is a very good thing for the industry, but you need to remember to pull together to capitalise on what the region has to offer,” she said.
“You need to promote the region’s wine styles and varieties and its wonderful history. While it was a baptism of fire for me tasting 120 wines on Wednesday, I will now be watching Langhorne Creek with interest.”
For the second year, the Langhorne Creek Winemakers’ Association has made the top six wines available for sale. This regional selection is available from East End Cellars and the Langhorne Creek Wine Industry Council.