MOONAMBEL - Moonambel winery Summerfield Wines has secured its global profile after winning a gold medal in the highly prestigious Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney.
The family-run winery won the gold medal in the Cabernet Sauvignon category for its 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. There were only two other gold medals awarded in this category; one from the US and one from Argentina.
The Six Nations Wine Challenge is the only wine show in the world where the wines are invited by the judges, ensuring a higher standard of wine quality than any competition of this size in the world.
Competing countries also included Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. There were 17 wine categories with a total of 600 wines competing in the show.
A judge from each country hand-picked the wines to take part. Australian wine expert Huon Hooke chose Summerfield and judging took place over three days in Sydney in September.
"Just to be hand-picked by Huon Hooke to be part of this international wine judging was a huge achievement in itself for Summerfield Wines," said Mark Summerfield, who runs the vineyard with his father Ian.
"Ironically, 2011 was the toughest year in the vineyard, but we've had a really successful year with that vintage. We've had a score of 96 from James Halliday for our 2011 Reserve Shiraz, 95 Saieh Shiraz 2011 and 95 R2 Shiraz so retaining our 5 Red Star rating, keeping us in the Top 100 wineries in Australia.
"To top it off we've now been recognised by six of the world's most discerning wine critics as having one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon's in the world. That is just an amazing boost for our profile and that of the Pyrenees wine region."
Ian and Mark also produce full-bodied wines like Shiraz and Merlot, plus Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
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