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Top Victorian Wine Awards Announced


Federation Square

Munari Wines, a family-run winery in the Victorian goldfields at Heathcote, have taken out top honours in the 2010 Fed Square Wine Awards with Wine of the Year for their 2006 Beauregard Shiraz.  Munari Wines also won the Best Shiraz Award for the 2006 Beauregard Shiraz.




 Left: Jaala Pulford, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Development and
Industry and Trade, Adrian and Deborah Munari of Munari Wines at the presentation of
the Fed Square Wine of the Year Award.

The awards were held on Wednesday night in the BMW Edge at Fed Square following the judging of forty-five finalists and more than seventy wines by some of Australia's leading wine experts including Ron Leslie, Roy Moorfield, Elizabeth Woods, Victoria Sharples and Ralph Kyte-Powell.

Announcing the Wine of the Year Award Kate Brennan, CEO of Federation Square said, "The Fed Square Wine Awards provide a major opportunity to promote the world class wines of regional Victoria."


Ms Brennan congratulated all the winners for their outstanding achievements in making Victoria one of the best wine producing areas in the world.


The Geelong region featured strongly in Awards, with Moorabool Ridge Winery at Lethbridge winning Best White Wine for a 2004 Semillon. Bellarine Estate was awarded the Best Red Wine for its 2008 "Phil's Fetish" Pinot Noir.


Morris Wines from Rutherglen won the Fortified Wine of the Year for its N/V Old Premium Rare Liqueur Tokay, while Oakridge Vineyards in the Yarra Valley received the Judges' Award for their 2008 Pinot Noir. 


"The awards highlight the diversity of Victoria's wine regions and quality of the state's wine industry," said Ms Brennan.


The award-winning wines and finalists will all be available for tasting at a public showcase in The Atrium, Federation Square on Thursday, 5 August.


The Awards are the culmination of the Fed Square Wine Showcase series, which features a public wine tasting from a different Victorian wine region each month. These monthly showcases were established in 2004 as an initiative aimed at providing regional wineries with an opportunity to promote their wines in a central city location. In the last seven years, more than 70 Wine Showcases have been held, with in excess of 50,000 people attending and 1420 wineries exhibiting.


Joanne Butterworth-Gray, Chief Executive of the Victorian Wine Industry Association, said the Victorian wine industry contributes $1.58 billion to the Victorian economy and is 18% of Australia's wine production.


The Fed Square Wine Showcase series is supported by Regional Development Victoria.


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Fed Square Wine Awards Winners
Wine of the Year

Munari Wines 2006 The Beauregard Shiraz


Judges' Choice

Oakridge 2008 Pinot Noir


Best White Wine

Moorabool Ridge 2004 Semillon


Best Red Wine

Bellarine Estate 2008 'Phil's Fetish' Pinot Noir


Best Fortified Wine

Morris Wines N/V Old Premium Rare Liqueur Tokay


Best Chardonnay

Harcourt Valley 2008 Chardonnay


Best Semillon

Moorabool Ridge 2004 Semillon


Best White Blend

2007 Tallis Dookie Hills Viognier


Best Sparkling White or Rose

2008 Don Kinloch Sparkling White


Best Pinot Noir

Bellarine Estate 2008 'Phil's Fetish' Pinot Noir


Best Shiraz

Munari Wines 2006 The Beauregard Shiraz


Best Merlot

Long Gully Estate 2005 Reserve Merlot


Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Harcourt Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon


Best Red Blend

Psyche Wines Pty Ltd 2008 Petit Verdot


Best Tokay

Morris Wines N/V Old Premium Rare Liqueur Tokay