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Finalists for the Victorian Wine Regions Showcase Awards 2008

The finalists for the awards for best wine at the showcase over the past 12 months have been announced.

The finalists include

Auldstone Cellars, Baarooka, Baddaginnie Run, Bellbrae Estate, Blakes Estate, Boggy Creek, Brown Magpie Wines, Buller Wines, Caledonia Australis, Chanters Ridge, Delatite, Donovan's Vineyard, Downing Estate, Eastern Peake, Five Sons Estate, Galli Estate Winery, Gapsted Wines, Gentle Annie, Grampians Estate, Hanging Rock Winery, Harcourt Valley, Jones Winery and Vineyard, Kellybrook Winery, Kinloch Wines, Limbic Wines, Long Gully Estate, Lost Valley Winery, Lyre Bird Hill Winery, Magyars Hill, Moorooduc Estate, Morris Wines, Nazaaray, Olsen Wines Victoria, Pettavel Winery, Plunkett, Provenance Wines, Rose Creek, Rutherglen Estate, Sandhurst Ridge, Sanguine Estate, Shelmerdine, She-Oak Vineyard, Silverwood, Stuart Wine Co, Train Trak, Turner's Crossing Vineyard, Yileena Park

The results of the judging will be announced on Wednesday 6th August 2008. Wines are judged in a range of classes by a panel of experts, and the People's Choice awards are also announced.

All finalists will have their wines for tasting at the monthly showcase between 4-30 and 8-30 on Wednesday and Thursday 6 and 7 of August at Federation Square in Melbourne.

All finalists will show their range of wines, not just the award finalist wines.

This is a quality event and you should attend if you can. You can get a discounted ticket from the Fed Square Website


It is very disapointing that there were very few alternative varieties represented in the awards. No alterntive reds were considered, and there was only a small number of alternative varieties. It is difficult to believe that no tempranillos, durifs, sangioveses or barberas worthy of silver or gold point shown during the past year..

Federation Square Wine of the Year
  • Grampians Estate, 2006 Black Sunday Friends Reserve Shiraz, Western Victoria
Fortified Wine of the Year
  • Morris Wine Old Premium Liqueur Muscat, North East Victoria
Judges’ Award
  • Delatite, 2006 “Sylvia” Riesling, North East Victoria
Best White
  • Moorooduc Estate, 2005 Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay, Mornington
Best Red
  • Grampians Estate, 2006 Black Sunday Friends Reserve Shiraz, Western Victoria
White Wine Classes
  • Best Sauvignon Blanc - Pettaval, 2008 Evening Star Sauvignon Blanc, Geelong;
  • Best Riesling - Long Gully Estate, 2007 Premium Range Riesling, Yarra Valley;
  • Best Chardonnay - Moorooduc Estate, 2005 Chardonnay, Mornington;
  • Best Blend - Plunkett Fowles, 2007 Strathbogie Ranges Gewuztraminer, Strathbogie Ranges
  • Best Sweet Table Wine - Bellbrae Estate, 2007 Belle Moscato, Geelong;
Red Wine Classes
  • Best Pinot - Eastern Peak, 2006 Pinot Noir “OB Terroir”, Western Victoria;
  • Best Shiraz - Grampians Estate, 2006 Black Sunday Reserve Shiraz, Western Victoria;
  • Best Cabernet Sauvignon - Olsen Wines, 2005 Personal Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley;
  • Best Blend - Kinloch Wines 2004 “Mary Friend” Cabernet Merlot Blend, Upper Goulburn;
Rose Classes
  • Best Rose - Shelmerdine, 2007 Rose, Yarra Valley;
Sparkling Classes
  • Best Sparkling Red - Grampians Estate, 2005 Rutherford Sparkling Shiraz, Western Victoria;
  • Best Sparkling White & Rose - Hanging Rock Winery, NV Rose Brut, Sunbury Macedon;
Fortified Classes
  • Best Tawny Port - Morris Wines, Old Premium Tawny Port, North East Victoria;
  • Best Muscat - Morris Wines, Old Premium Liqueur Muscat, North East Victoria;
  • Best Tokay - Morris Wines Old Premium Liqueur Tokay, North East Victoria;
  • Best Sherry All Styles - Morris Wine, Old Premium Amontillado Sherry, North East Victoria;

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