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FAMILY WINERY TAKES HOME TOP AWARDS IN ADELAIDE

McWilliam’s, an Australian family winery celebrating its 135th anniversary this year, last night took home the Trophy for Best Wine of Show at Royal Adelaide Wine Show for a wine named after its birth year, the 2008 McWilliam’s 1877 Shiraz Cabernet. McWilliam's 1877 also won the Prize for Most Outstanding Wine of Provenance, the first time a wine has won both major titles at the show.

Jim Brayne from McWilliam’s, who also received the Award for Best Winemaker of the Best Red or White Wine said the winemaking team was particularly excited that multiple vintages, the 1998, 2004 and 2009 of McWilliam’s 1877, were recognised through the judging of the Prize for Outstanding Provenance , “it demonstrated the wine’s ability to showcase longevity and lineage, both hallmarks of great wines.”

The 2008 McWilliam’s 1877 Shiraz Cabernet won three trophies at the Show including Best Red Wine in Show, Trophy for Traditional Australian Red Blend  and Best Wine of Show.

“The 2008 vintage collected the Stodart Trophy at the 2009 Queensland Wine Show as a young wine. To see it win such an important trophy as Best Wine of Show in Adelaide three years later demonstrates that it is very much on a journey of being a long lived, special wine,” Jim added.

A traditional Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, McWilliam’s 1877 was launched in 2002 with the 1998 vintage to mark the winery’s 125th anniversary. The 2008 vintage is set for release on 1 December 2012.

In other exciting news for the McWilliam’s portfolio, the 2009 Brand’s Laira One Seven One Cabernet also won the Trophy for Best Cabernet. Its tally now sits at an incredible seven trophies and 12 gold medals.

One of the most respected capital city wine shows in Australia, the 2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show attracted 2,862 entries from 386 wineries.

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