Winemaker toasts world win

Hunter Valley-based McGuigan Wines has been named International Winemaker of the Year at an awards ceremony in London.

It's the third time in four years it has taken the crown, having previously won the gong in 2009 and 2011.

We need to keep on ringing the chimes of buyers in the northern hemisphere.

A panel of critics awarded 39 medals – nine gold, 22 silver and eight bronze – to the Australian stable for its 39 entries in the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Company founder and director Brian McGuigan says about two-thirds of the company's wine is sold overseas.

"We need to keep on ringing the chimes of buyers in the northern hemisphere," McGuigan said.

"Aussie wine has had a tough time of it of late and we must continue to be seen to be giving great value.

"We're very proud of each award and to knock off the rest of the world reinforces that we can compete on quality and price."

The backbone of the company's success at the awards was the McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon, with the 2004 vintage taking home the title of International Semillon Trophy.

The 2009 vintage of McGuigan Farms Shiraz from SA's Barossa Valley also won Gold in Best in Class.

"To have won International Winemaker of the Year for the third time in four years is an outstanding result for Australia and the McGuigan brand," said chief winemaker Neil McGuigan, who attended the award presentation.

"We can now proudly say that we are one of the most awarded wineries in the world."

The winemaker reported a 17 per cent increase in global volume sales in the 2011/12 financial year.

Winemakers from more than 80 countries entered the 2012 competition.


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