Aussie winemaker named best in world

AUSTRALIA’S international wine reputation has skyrocketed in London overnight with Hunter Valley-headquartered McGuigan Wines named as International Winemaker of the Year for a record fourth time.

The high-ranking honour is awarded by the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition, which assessed entries from more than 90 countries and involved exhaustive input from more than 400 judges over a seven month period.

McGuigan Wines previously won the International Winemaker of the Year title in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Adding to its latest victory was the company’s triumph in collecting the Australian Producer of the Year award in the competition for an unprecedented fourth occasion.

Senior winemaker, McGuigan Wines, Peter Hall. Supplied

To cap a stunning all-round performance, McGuigan Wines also claimed the trophies for the world’s best semillon and best shiraz with its 2003 Bin 9000 Hunter Valley Semillon and 2007 Handmade Barossa Valley Shiraz, wines available at $50 and $70 respectively.

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