'best Of The Best' Unveiled: Chardonnay And Shiraz Crowned Australia's Fines

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The ‘Best of the Best’ unveiled

Chardonnay and Shiraz crowned Australia’s finest


Thursday 19 November 2009

The results of Australia’s Number One wine show, the Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of

Australia were announced in Canberra tonight with a $25 West Australian Shiraz and a $90

Chardonnay sharing the spoils. 

The 2008 Reserve Bin 08A Chardonnay from Penfold’s collected the trophy for ‘Best Table Wine of

Show’ among its four trophies while Sandalford Wines’ 2008 Margaret River Range Shiraz picked up

the trophy for ‘Best Dry Red Table Wine’.

While buyers will have to wait until May 2010 to purchase the multiple trophy winning Penfolds

2008 Reserve Bin 08A Chardonnay, the Sandalford 2008 Margaret River Range Shiraz is available

now at Vintage Cellars stores nationally for only $25. The win is a huge achievement for the small

West Australian producer.

The Vintage Cellars National Wine Show is widely recognised as the nation’s winemaking “Grand

Final” as wines in the premium classes are only entitled to enter if they have previously been

awarded a medal at a capital city or approved regional show. 

One of the world’s leading wine authorities, UK guest judge Matthew Jukes, reckons it might just be

the best wine show in the world.

"The standard of the wines is absolutely epic - it's the best show in Australia and therefore the best

wine show in the world," Jukes said.

"We've just finished doing the trophy judging and the wines that have got up are absolutely

outstanding, truly, truly world class."

New Zealand wines are also entitled to enter but only picked up two of the 24 trophies on offer

with the remaining 22 being spread evenly across Australia with five Victorian, four South

Australian, four West Australian and four New South Wales wines making up the trophy winner list. 

Other noteworthy trophy winners include two different vintages of the iconic Mount Langi Ghiran

Langi Shiraz (2004 & 2006) and two vintages of Tyrrell’s Belford Semillon (2004 & 2005).

Trophies were presented at a gala black tie dinner held in the Great Hall, Parliament House,

attended by the Minister for Trade, the Honourable Simon Crean and the High Commissioner for

New Zealand, His Excellency - Dr John Larkindale.

Full results can be viewed at www.vintagecellars.com.au/nationalwineshow from 10pm or contact

Kate Kriven at Liquid Ideas on 0416 924 061 or katekriven@liquidideas.com.au for results in


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