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Results for 2008

Scarpantoni Estate triumphant in the 2008 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Scarpantoni Estate has won Australi's most prestigious wine award The 2008 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge Trophy with its 2006 Scarpantoni Block 3 Shiraz

Winners were announced at a Gala Black Tie Dinner at the historic Tahbilk Winery on Friday, 7 November. 368 wines competed in the 14th Challenge with vintages ranging from 2002 – 2008.

John Duval – Chairman's comments

'This years event showed more diversity of style and many wines expressed regional and climatic differences. The quality of 2004 and 2005 vintages has been well documented however 2006 has produced excellent wines across many regions. Cork closures were down to a historic low of just 26% of entries. The 2008 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge has once again highlighted the diversity of viticultural regions and the high standard of winemaking related to this iconic Australian grape variety'.

The 2008 Judging panel consisted of John Duval (Chairman), Stephen Henschke, Alan George and Nick Bulleid MW.

Second place was awarded to Vincognita Wines 2006 Vincognita McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Third place was awarded to Euroa Creeks 2006 Reserve Shiraz.

The ASA Trophy for Best Shiraz Under $25.00 was also awarded to Vincognita Wines 2006 Vincognita McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Top results for 2008

Wine Company Award Score RRP ($)
2006 Scarpantoni Block 3 Shiraz Scarpantoni Estate Gold, Trophy Winner 1st Place 18.9 $28.00
2006 Vincognita McLaren Vale Shiraz Vincognita Wines Gold, Second Place & Best Under $25.00 – ASA Cork Trophy 18.8 $19.50
2006 Euroa Creeks, Reserve Shiraz Euroa Creeks Gold, Third Place 18.6 $55.00
2006 Kilikanoon M Reserve Shiraz Kilikanoon Wines Gold 18.5 $80.00
2005 Thomas Vineyard Estate Reserve Shiraz Thomas Vineyard Estate Gold 18.5 $45.00
2003 Lawson Wines Vintage reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz Lawson Wines Silver 18.3 $50.00
2006 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz Fox Creek Wines Silver 18.0 $70.00
2006 Squid Ink Reserve Shiraz McLaren Vale Premium Wines Silver 18.0 $45.00
2005 Tappa Pass Shiraz Henschke Silver 17.8 $65.00
2006 Fox Gordon Hannah's Swing Shiraz Fox Gordon Silver 17.5 $44.95
2006 K1 Shiraz K1 by Geoff Hardy Silver 17.5 $35.00
2006 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz Kalleske Silver 17.5 $39.00
2005 McLaren Vale Shiraz Marlargo Wines Silver 17.5 $25.00
2006 Schutz Barossa Red Nectar Shiraz Schutz Barossa Silver 17.5 $28.00
2006 Stephendale Shiraz Warburn Estate Silver 17.5 $10.00
2006 Reserve Shiraz Waurn Ponds Estate Silver 17.5 $30.00
2004 'Family Selection' Shiraz Zema Estate Silver 17.5 $44.95
2006 Blackjack Shiraz Blackjack Wines Silver 17.3 $35.00
2006 Krondorf Show Reserve Shiraz Barossa Valley Cellarmasters Silver 17.3 $42.99
2005 Long Gully Estate, Major Creek Shiraz Long Gully Estate Silver 17.3 $30.00
2006 Moppity Vineyard Reserve Shiraz Moppity Vineyards Silver 17.3 $24.95
2006 Morambro Creek Shiraz Morambro Creek Silver 17.3 $22.00
2006 Stella Bella Shiraz Stella Bella Wines Silver 17.3 $27.00
2005 Xabregas Show Reserve Shiraz Xabregas Wines Silver 17.3 $24.99
2005 Blackstone Paddock Shiraz ALDI Stores Silver 17.0 $19.99
2003 Geoff Merrill Reserve Shiraz Geoff Merrill Wines Silver 17.0 $51.50
2006 Shiraz Summerfield Silver 17.0 $27.00
2006 Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz Wolf Blass Wines Silver 17.0 $24.00
2006 Bunnamagoo Estate Shiraz Bunnamagoo Estate Wines Bronze 16.8 $23.95
2006 Dutschke GHR Shiraz Dutschke Wines Bronze 16.8 $24.00
2006 Black Sunday Friends Reserve Shiraz Grampians Estate Bronze 16.8 $50.00
2004 Jeanneret Denis Shiraz Jeanneret Wines Bronze 16.8 $60.00
2006 Kilikanoon Parable Shiraz Kilikanoon Wines Bronze 16.8 $44.00
2006 Kilikanoon Testament Shiraz Kilikanoon Wines Bronze 16.8 $44.00
2004 Heathcote Shiraz Stefani Estate Bronze 16.8 $47.00
2005 Reserve Shiraz Summerfield Bronze 16.8 $50.00
2007 Xabregas Shiraz Xabregas Wines Bronze 16.8 $14.99
2005 Balthazar Of The Barossa Shiraz Balthazar Barossa Bronze 16.5 $56.00
2007 Vasarelli Shiraz Currency Creek Cellarmasters Bronze 16.5 $16.49
2006 Dorrien Estate Bin 1 Shiraz Barossa Valley Cellarmasters Bronze 16.5 $41.99
2007 De Bortoli Regional Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz De Bortoli Wines Bronze 16.5 $21.99
2006 DogRidge SHIRTFRONT Shiraz DogRidge Wine Company Bronze 16.5 $25.00
2006 Heartland Director's Cut Shiraz Heartland Wines Bronze 16.5 $30.00
2006 Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz Kilikanoon Wines Bronze 16.5 $44.00
2006 Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz Kilikanoon Wines Bronze 16.5 $80.00
2007 Paper Eagle Rarefied Shiraz McLaren Wines Bronze 16.5 $100.00
2007 Ekhidna Shiraz McLaren Wines Bronze 16.5 $17.00
2007 Paper Eagle Linchpin Shiraz McLaren Wines Bronze 16.5 $35.00
2004 Claire Reserve Shiraz O'Leary Walker Wines Bronze 16.5 $90.00
2005 Plunkett Blackwood Ridge Shiraz Plunkett Fowles Bronze 16.5 $16.95
2006 Sanguine Estate D'Orsa Shiraz Sanguine Estate Bronze 16.5 $59.99
2006 Frankland Shiraz The Lake House Denmark Bronze 16.5 $30.00
2005 Wynn's Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz Wynns Coonawarra Estate Bronze 16.5 $79.00

53 wines displayed.