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Millbrook Shiraz Viognier Estate Awarded TOP 100 at 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition
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Millbrook Winery has received a TOP 100 award at the 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition for the estate-grown and produced Millbrook 2004 Estate Shiraz Viognier. TOP 100 wines are also BLUE-GOLD Award winners and rank in the top 5% of the 2007 Competition’s entries.
There were 2,000 entries from 12 countries, representing 532 wineries – countries include Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. Judging was carried out by an international panel of 13 judges, including 7 winemakers and 4 MWs, from 6 countries – Australia, Eire, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States, under the Chairmanship of Chief Judge Kym Milne MW. Tony Davis, Senior Winemaker at Millbrook, said:
“This is a fine endorsement of an estate-grown, vinified and bottled wine. The TOP 100 is one of the most prestigious events in Australia and the award is recognition of the blood, sweat and tears of the whole Millbrook team".
The estate-grown vines were planted in 1996 on a shallow lateritic soil ridge with a southwest aspect. The growing season was perfect with even ripening throughout the block. Shoot and bunch thinning allowed optimum ripening at a crop level of 2.2 tonnes per acre. The fruit was handpicked and de-stemmed onto a layer of whole bunch viognier in open top fermenters. After inoculation the caps were hand plunged twice daily and temperatures kept below 30C. Fermentation lasted for 12–14 days, and after pressing the wine was allowed to settle for 24 hours when it was racked to oak for malo-lactic fermentation. The oak used was 40% new, 20% one-year-old and 40% two-year-old, with 5% American and 95% French oak from the Saury, Francois Freres and Meyrieux cooperages. After 20 months maturation the wine was minimally filtered and bottled in January 2006. There were 810 dozen produced.
This wine was also awarded a Gold Medal at the 2006 Swan Valley Wine Show and a Silver Medal at the 2006 Perth Hills Wine Show.