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Visy Board 2006 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

This year’s Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, has already attracted a large number of entries from vineyards throughout Australia. Alister Purbrick, Chairman of the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge is confident in breaking last year’s record of 323 entries. “Shiraz is our most important red wine category for export and it is awards such as the Shiraz Challenge that encourage us to keep our competitive edge,” he said.

The Challenge came about when the winemakers of the Nagambie Lakes region, with a 140 year history of producing Shiraz, decided in 1995 to lay down a challenge to determine the nation’s best Shiraz producers. Now in its 12th year, the prestigious trophy has become one of Australia’s most sought after awards – highly prized by all makers of Australia’s quintessential red wine and this year offering prizes worth over $50,000.

Entry criteria require that all wine must be commercially available, labelled and on sale in at least one retail, cellar door or mail order “outlet”. The wines must be labelled Shiraz and no vintage restrictions apply. Entries close on Friday 1 September 2006.

This year’s panel of judges are Stephen Henschke, John Duval, Geoff Merrill and James Halliday. The winning wines will be announced at a superb black-tie dinner being held in Melbourne on Friday, October 27 at the Park Hyatt. Guests to the dinner not only enjoy the experience of the evening but also have the opportunity to win a $10,000 diamond courtesy of Precious Metals — Garry Holloway Diamonds.

The Visy Board 2006 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge is proudly supported by ASA Cork, Star Track Express, Labelhouse Pty Ltd, Winetitles, Michael Major Media, Seguin Moreau, Schott Zwiesel, Park Hyatt Melbourne and Precious Metals Garry Holloway Diamonds.

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